We gather weekly on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM in ECCR 151. Please refer to our calendar for exact dates and details.
The University of Colorado at Boulder established a student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) in 1983. The chapter had its humble beginnings with 10 members and has since grown to over double in size becoming SHPE / MAES, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Mexican American Engineers and Scientists.
The CU-Boulder SHPE / MAES chapter has faced many challenges along the way. There have been periods when recruiting and retaining members becomes the most difficult task. In spite of all of this, the chapter has continued with its goals of expanding the membership and providing its members with professional and academic development in a friendly environment.
Active membership has fluctuated throughout the years and has relied highly on the number of Hispanic students attending CU-Boulder. Currently, there are a total of 29,000 students attending the University of Colorado at Boulder of which 14% are minorities, and from which 6-7% is of Hispanic/Latino decent. Considering the size of the student body this is a small percentage and posed a large challenge to the growth of our membership.
Major sources of inspiration for the CU-Boulder SHPE / MAES chapter have been the strong support from advisor Gilbert Saenz, the CU-Boulder Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP). These sources have provided encouragement and continuous support for the chapter. The students recognized the strong bond that MEP and Gilbert Saenz have with the chapter and have become increasingly motivated to participate and achieve chapter goals.
Most of the membership is composed of students who belong to the local MEP. At the beginning of every fall semester, strong advertising and recruiting efforts are made to publicize SHPE / MAES in engineering as well as on campus.