Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Club Spotlight

This week’s campus club spotlight is on the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers meet once a week, every Friday in classroom 60A at 5:30 p.m. I had the opportunity to speak with the Secretary of SHPE, Gabriel Pulido, and his experiences with SHPE.

What is the goal of SHPE?

The goal of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Riddle chapter is to provide professional, social, and networking opportunities not only to engineers and Hispanics, but to anyone willing to join the organization.

What made you join?

I’m Hispanic; I initially wanted to see how much the title of the club would apply to me. I soon found out that this was more than just a club for Hispanics and engineers, but for people that want a safe space. I first was quiet and shy during meetings, but soon found that everyone enjoyed connecting with each other and working together in order to efficiently organize and plan whatever club event was coming up. The flexibility, professional opportunities, good people and light load of this club made me join and stay.

What is the most memorable thing you have done with SHPE?

My most memorable event was attending the SHPE regional conference in Irvine, California. It was a great conference where we had the opportunity to bond as a “familia” and meet SHPE members from other universities. The conference was a learning experience for everyone that attended and it gave us a networking opportunity through the conference career fair. Companies such as Google and Raytheon attended and gave presentations throughout the three days. This was a very fun trip and I cherish the memories we made.

How does SHPE influence and impact the campus?

SHPE has had several fundraisers and hosted companies for informational sessions. We continue to make our presence known on campus and wish to spread our goal to others. We also  hosted a “Noche De Ciencias,” which translates to science night, where young students from Prescott Valley came on campus and had a fun day of science projects in the STEM building. We also continue to collaborate with other organizations and help in whatever way we can.

What are some future plans you have with SHPE?

We are still trying to get our name out there and establish ourselves as a larger organization on campus. At the end of October, I will be attending the SHPE national convention, which will last from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. This is the biggest gathering of SHPE members, with thousands attending from schools all over the nation.

If you could pick a mascot for SHPE, what would it be and why?

I would select a rocket ship, because pronouncing SHPE as “ship” is easier and sounds nicer than something like “shippee”. A rocket ship also applies to our industry and school, as well as a metaphorical motivation to “take off” and succeed.

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