Society of

Columbia University
About Us


The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community.

The concept of networking was the key basis for the organization. SHPE quickly established two student chapters to begin the network that would grow to encompass the nation as well as reach countries outside the United States. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation with over 10,000 members.

SHPE's mission is to be the source for quality Hispanic engineers and technical talent.

SHPE's vision is to be the leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science.

Our Chapter

To achieve SHPE's mission, we at the Columbia chapter:

  • Organize community outreach events.
  • Hold workshops for professional development and applying to jobs/internships, research positions, and graduate school.
  • Host companies for industry exploration and networking purposes.
  • Participate in and organize social and networking events.

Our general body meetings take place certain Mondays from 8-9pm in Lerner Hall- West Ramp Lounge. We send weekly e-mails with a variety of SHPE-related information, including the date for the next general body meeting. If you have any questions or have not yet been added to our e-mail list, e-mail

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