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In This Edition:

July 2017

  • Member Outreach
  • SHPE Updates
  • Graduate School
  • Much More!
SHPE National Updates
SHPE Announces New National Board Chair Miguel Alemañy 
and Welcomes Five New Board Members as of July 1
Miguel Alemañy will step up as the new Chair of the National Board of Directors effective July 1. Currently the Director of Worldwide Research & Development for Flavors & Fragrance at Procter & Gamble, Alemañy has been active with SHPE for the past 18 years, and most recently served as the Board Vice Chair.

Boeing executive  Adriana Ocampo returns to the Board to serve as the new Vice Chair.   Dr. Peter Rios, Biomedical Tissue Engineer and CEO of RIOS (Robust Innovative Organizational Solutions), will also join the Board.

Three new student representatives to the Board: National Graduate Representative  Trevor Aguirre from Colorado State University, and National Undergraduate Representatives  Karla Rivero from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and  Aileen Tapia from The University of Texas at El Paso. 

The National Board of Directors and all members of SHPE leadership are thankful to  Claudia Goggin for her service as Board Chair and  Barry Cordero for his service as Interim CEO and appreciates their commitment and many contributions to the organization. SHPE also thanks departing student representatives  Maria Di Bonaventura, Jose Luis Estrada, and Emily Anne Varga s for their contributions and wishes them great success in their future leadership positions.

Regional Highlights
Region 1: 
Jorge Romero in Oroville, CA for the USDA and the Greening Youth Foundation Internship Program.

Region 2: 
Vanessa Quintero fourth summer interning at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (located in Pasadena, CA).
Jewls Lagman in Downtown LA for an internship at the Metropolitan Water District. Will pursue graduate degree and starting full time with City of LA - Bureau of Sanitation.
Region 5
Valeria Duran in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Toyota Motors North America.
Juan David Bravo in Plano, TX at Fujitsu working in Networking Communications.
Hermilo Duenez in North Little Rock, AR at L'Oréal USA.
Vanessa Martinez in Greenville, SC at GE Power.
Hugo Rico in San Francisco, CA at Autodesk working as Business Analyst.
Kenzie Martinez  in Kaneohe, Hawaii at Vivint working in Sales.
Adriano Lavino in Columbus, Indiana at Cummins Inc. working in Thermal Fluid Science Engineering.
Emma Ordoñez in Milford, MI at General Motors.
Beatriz A. Escudero in Indiana, Ohio at Maintenance of Way as an intern.
Region 6: 
Beatriz Ibarra in Warren, NJ at Verizon.
Karla Rivero Valles in Casa Grande, AZ at Abbott.
Estefanía Fernández Gil in the Minneapolis / St. Paul Area, MN at 3M.

Region 7: 
William Gonzalez in Nashville,TN at Eaton working in Sales Engineering.
Lourgem Famador in Melbourne, FL at Northrop Grumman.
Jose Roque in Wichita Falls, TX at Pratt & Whitney. 
Jonathan Solano in Littleton, Co at Lockheed Martin working as an Electric Engineering intern.
Julio Rodriguez in Lake Mary, FL at Mitsubishi Hitachi working as a SBOM Specialist.
Lauren Hernandez  in Raleigh,NC at Optum, working as a Systems Analyst. 
Tiffany Asc in Seattle, WA at Boeing working as a Systems Integration Engineer.
Region 5:  Chapter Highlights
SHPE Mississippi
Pictures from this year's U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Awards!!  You have worked hard and represent the caliber of  SHPE Mississippi.  Congratulations, your work inspires us all. 

SHPE San Antonio
SHPE Summer Social!  We had a great turnout and everyone had a great time. 

Look for our General Meetings starting in August and the SHPE-SA Bowling Tournament in the Fall.

SHPE at LM Aero
SHPE LM Aero recently held their 6th annual Scholarship Luncheon.  This year awarded (7) $1,500 scholarships to our SHPE Jr./local high school students.  


Univision hosted SHPE DFW at their annual Copa Univision event where over 10k+ people attended a soccer tournament.  The chapter taught kids to code their names with binary beaded bracelets.    

More Highlights

SHPE Houston
SHPE Houston is engaging with K-12 students mentors and role models at "Lunch and Learn - Career and Community Program.

  Region 7:  Chapter Highlights

Congratulations to the newly elected EBOD:  

Daniela Altamirano, President

Sarah Fiol, Treasurer

Christina Casanas, Secretary

Ma Carolina Diaz, Marketing

Hugo Cordova, Corporate Relations Misael Garcia, Student Relations

    South Florida Professional Chapter
    Descubra! Frost Science Museum reopening with the theme "Celebration Women in Science".  Event included activities in the areas of engineering, marine and environmental sciences and health sciences.  The South Florida Professional chapter led an activity around electrical systems  

    sets for the children to interact. The sets came with instructions for different activities. 

    South Carolina Chapter

    • Hosted joint Webinar  on "How to get started on your road to success", with SHPE Central Florida and South Florida
    • Hosted "Feria Educativa" in collaboration with local Hispanic leaders
    • Festival 5 de Mayo Charleston – May 6th (Participation and Promoting STEM)

    Tampa Bay Professional Chapter

    Bylaws approved by NBOD on 6/10/17.  Congratulations to the new leadership team led by Luis Santana. 

    Central Florida Professional Chapter

    Congratulations to the newly elected EBOD: 

    David Pacheco, President
    Carlos Oquendo, VP Space Coast
    Zulideth Casanova, Secretary
    Fraya Cassier, Treasurer
    Margot Tejera,  Event Coordinator
    Orlando Torres, Professional Development
    Nathalie Quintero, Student Relations 

    Carolina Barriento, Webmaster

    Atlanta Professional Chapter

    Leadership Highlight
    Emmanuel Rivera, Professional SHPE Member

    A candid interview with Emmanuel Rivera, Professional SHPE Member, former Industry Partnership Council Chair and Manager of Employee Resource Groups at John Deere.  

    What has been your most memorable moment as a SHPE member?

      Hard to single out one specific moment for me as SHPE has allowed me to grow tremendously both personally and professionally.  Specific to my role as the IPC Chair, getting the opportunity to address the audience at the SHPE Star Awards Ceremony and represent all members of the Industrial Partnership Council (IPC) as well as my own company is one memory that I’ll always take with me.  If we include my role within John Deere’s SHPE Professional Organization, I am proud of our team’s accomplishments in receiving the “John Deere Inspire Teamwork Award”, an enterprise wide recognition awarded to teams that exemplify overall excellence in successfully supporting an innovative inspiring event and programs such as "Noche de Ciencias", a program that continues to impact students' interest and achievement in STEM education and careers across many of our communities.

      How do you feel SHPE helped you advance as a professional that is Latino?

      SHPE has gifted me with the connections and relationships I’ve had the opportunity to shape and form not only within the John Deere walls but across many other companies and networks.  It has broadened my thinking on what’s possible.  SHPE has allowed me to see that our contributions as professional members do not stop as we come to and from work but rather continue as we seek opportunities to help those in our communities who need it the most; the children; our next generation of leaders.

      Can you tell us how your role as an IPC point of contact and as the IPC Chair support the case at John Deere for investing in SHPE and overall diversity?

      What a pleasure to have served as the IPC Chair over this last year! SHPE opens the doors to talent, to professional networks, to opportunities that support the communities in which we are a part off, to growth and development. IPC’s work to advance Diversity & Inclusion efforts both through talent recruitment and development.  The IPC also steps in to provide guidance and recommendations on how to strategically support those at the national level. Proud to work for a company that is in full support of continuing to advance all aspects of D&I.

      Why do you think diversity in STEM is important?

      Diversity is at the heart of everything we do.  I happen to be part of John Deere’s Diversity & Inclusion team but as I often get the opportunity to work with others across the organization, my message is simple and consistent: diversity is everyone’s responsibility regardless of job title.  Incredibly important to recognize that STEM related careers currently play and will continue to play a key role in our talent, employee, and business needs.

      Accessing Higher Education:

      Tuition-Free University Programs


      Written by: SHPE National Graduate Committee (NGC)

      Many in our LatinX community must forgo higher education due to the substantial obstacle that is college tuition. The high and increasing costs of tuition can make students drop out of their bachelor and graduate degree programs or unable to pursue them all together because of the financial burden placed on their families, the stress of working during school, and the weight of financial loans (1,2). These are obstacles that can persist through many generations affecting how many of us see education in the US and limiting the socio-economic uplift of the LatinX community.

      Recent changes in tuition policies in some top engineering institutions are “making the impossible, possible” by offering free tuition to lower income households. In Region 4, the New York public university and college systems (e.g., SUNY and CUNY) are tuition free for in-state households earning less than $125k/yr via the “Excelsior Scholarship” (3). In Region 6, The University of Michigan, ranked 5th best engineering school by US News, through its “Go Blue Guarantee” will be tuition-free for in-state households earning less than $65k/yr (4). In all Regions there are graduate PhD programs in engineering that are fully-funded and offer liveable stipends and benefits.   

      Though there are more costs associated with college aside from tuition, tuition comprises the biggest financial obstacle. Supplementary scholarships like the ones offered through SHPE and HSF can help pay for those additional educational costs (5,6). Learn more about opportunities such as these and raise awareness within your LatinX community including SHPE Junior chapters, Pre-College students, and those wishing to return to school. These changes will hopefully mark an increase of LatinX student college enrollment and persistence, allowing students to realize their fullest potential and become leaders in STEM and beyond.

      Best Schools 

      Affordable Schools

      SHPE National Programs & Events
      40 Years of Building Bridges

      SHPE is celebrating its 40th Annual National Conference and is set to storm into Kansas City, MO.    

      The 2017 theme was inspired by the night lights and lively bustle of Kansas City.  

      Registration Opens July 5th.
      STAR Awards 

      STAR Awards Star Awards Submissions are due July 14th.