The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is divided into seven distinct regions, each of which holds an annual Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) in the spring. Region 5 is made up of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. This year the Region 5 RLDC, under the theme of “Soaring to Success,” is being hosted by the St. Mary’s University and University of Texas at San Antonio chapters.
St. Mary’s University Student Chapter
SHPE StMU was reestablished January 2016 after over 4 years of inactivity. The new chapter was founded by St. Mary’s University sophomores after contacting the Region 5 Student Representative, RSR, Aileen Tapia. The initial contact led to the founders attending the first ever Sub-Regional Retreat, SRR. Further contact with the past Region 5 Vice President, RVP, Brianne Martin and current RVP Fernando Ceballos continued the development of SHPE chapter at St. Mary’s University. That year 15 St. Mary’s Students attended the 2016 RLDC in Houston, TX. Two years later, our chapter almost doubled in size with an even distribution of freshmen through seniors.
University of Texas at San Antonio Student Chapter
SHPE UTSA was established in September of 2012. After three years of continued success through community engagement, academic growth, and chapter growth, SHPE UTSA has become an increasing presence on the UTSA campus. Fast forward to 2019 and SHPE UTSA is better than ever.
As a chapter, we have influenced many young minds to take an active approach to becoming a professional engineer. Our members are continuously bettering themselves with opportunities to talk to leading industry companies, influence younger students to join STEM, and more importantly inspire each other to achieve greatness using SHPE’s Pillars of Excellence as a solid example. Our main goal is to ride the success to have a bigger chapter presence in the region and the nation.