SHPE History

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.


SHPE at Northwestern University promotes the advancement of all ethnicities, majors, and backgrounds in education, employment, and society. SHPE at Northwestern University serves the Northwestern Community and surrounding schools through academic workshops, community service, and inter-student group cooperation.

Chapter History

In the mid In the 1990s, SHPE was founded as a source of encouragement for the underrepresented Latino minorities in Engineering at Northwestern. As of this year we have grown to over 20 active members. We are currently in the process of researching and maintaining our local chapter’s history.


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

Strategic Focus Areas

We will fulfill our mission by increasing educational opportunities, promoting professional and personal growth, carry out our social responsibility to be involved in education, business and government issues and enhancing pride within our organization and reinforcing our reputation as a vital Hispanic organization.

Statement of Values

We are brought together by heritage, social responsibility and desire to improve the equality of all people through the use of science and technology. We value excellence in education, professional pursuits and leadership. We obtain excellence through integrity, empowerment, achievement, diversity and continuous improvement.


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SHPE National

To become a member of SHPE National visit the SHPE website. Benefits include networking events and scholarships sponsored by SHPE National as well as free participation for SHPE NU events!

Executive Board

Our SHPE Chapter cannot run without an effective Executive Board. Think you have what it takes to make SHPE great? Want to work with the leaders of SHPE at Northwestern? Check out the position responsibilities and determine if you would like to run for a position. Elections occur annually around the month of March. Please note that two members can run together as Co-Presidents and that one year minimum experience on the Exec Board is needed to run for the position of President or Co-President.

Freshman Round Table

This is a great opportunity to gain leadership experience in your FIRST YEAR, which can help you stand out as a student. In fact, most of our current executive board served on FRT their freshmen years. We highly recommend this program for anybody who wants to serve on any executive board in the future, whether it be in our organization or another. It is also a great way to learn about how to run events here at Northwestern! Please check back at a later time for applications.


SHPE Jr. is a junior chapter at the Evanston Township High School. The goal is akin to that of a collegiate SHPE chapter, but at the high school level. Every year, SHPE NU coaches teams of students that participate in the annual regional science bowl. SHPE members can volunteer at the team’s practices and help the SHPE Jr. students prepare for the competition! Practices are starting soon! Email our SHPE Jr. Liason to help out!

MentorSHPE (Freshmen)

Are you a freshman looking for a mentor to guide you through your freshman year? Do you just want advice from someone who has gone through one year of NU’s engineering program? Apply to SHPE NU’s mentorSHPE program today! We will pair you up with one or two upperclassmen who will mentor you throughout the year. You and your mentor(s) will get to take part in multiple FREE events including food, fun, and more! Additionally, your mentor(s) will be a resource for you throughout the year beyond just academics. Please check back at a later time for applications.

MentorSHPE (Upperclassmen)

Are you an upperclassmen involved with SHPE? Do you have wisdom that you wished you had when you were a freshman and would like to share? Get a chance to participate in many FREE events! More importantly, this is a great opportunity for you to give back to our community and to invest in our freshmen. Our chapter will greatly benefit from your service! Please check back at a later time for applications.

Executive Board

Raul de la Rosa ’18 | President
Raul de la Rosa, originally from Morelia, Mexico, grew up in a Dallas, Texas suburb. He studies Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences and hopes to pursue a career that falls in the intersection of analytics and business. Raul is passionate about increasing Hispanic representation in STEM careers and is working to make SHPE NU an empowering resource for current and future students.

Gerardo Barboza ’18 | Vice President of Student Affairs
Gerardo Barboza is a first generation college student born and raised in the southwest side of Chicago. Currently, he is a second-year student pursing a degree in Electrical Engineering while minoring in Spanish. Gerardo is interested in finding innovative ways to transport energy more efficiently throughout the world. His involvement with Northwestern’s SHPE Chapter goes back to the Freshman Round Table and more recently was the Executive Board’s Publicity Chair.

Kelly Logacho ’18 | Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Kelly Logacho was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He is a second year undergraduate studying Computer Engineering with a minor in Spanish. His interests lie at the the intersection of computer architecture and software development, and he is passionate about his role in the professional development of SHPE-NU. In addition to his involvement in SHPE, he is a member of the Northwestern University Sailing Team and the Services Committee of the Associated Student Government.

Juan Takase ’17 | Secretary
Juan Takase is a first generation College student from Illinois. Currently a Junior Mechanical Engineering major, Juan is interested in fluid and computational research with strong intentions of going to graduate school. Juan is a member of many organizations that strive in the increase of minorities in the STEM field and has helped organize many events during his three years at Northwestern to help develop the early interest of traditionally marginalized prospective students to consider their role in the sciences.

Jonathan Novoa ’18 | Treasurer
Jonathan Novoa is currently a Sophomore studying Electrical Engineering. Coming from Los Angeles, California he is a first generation college student with interest in the intersection of engineering disciplines and finance. He began his involvement in the Northwestern Chapter of SHPE by serving as the treasurer of the Freshman Round Table.

Zeke Linares ’19 | Membership Chair
Ezequiel “Zeke” Linares is currently a Freshman studying Industrial Engineering and Economics. Hailing from Riverside, IL he is a first generation college student with interest in entrepenuership. He began his involvement in the Northwestern Chapter of SHPE by serving as the President of the Freshman Round Table. Outside of the classroom you can find Zeke working on his startup in the Northwestern Garage, playing competitive volleyball or zealously watching food network.

Susan Molina ’19 | Publicity Chair
Susan Molina is currently a freshman biomedical engineer on the pre-med track, minoring in Global health. She was born and raised in Chicago, and comes from a family of 4 sisters. She became involved with SHPE by serving as the Freshman Round table Liaison. Susan is interested in combining engineering with global health issues.

Fabian Gomez ’19 | Community Service Chair
Check back soon for a short biography about Fabian!

Steven Callejas ’19 | Webmaster
Steven Callejas is our member from the D.M.V. (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area. He received his IB Bilingual Diploma at J.E.B. Stuart High School located in his home city of Falls Church, Virginia. He is currently pursuing a Biomedical Engineering degree, which he discovered he wanted to pursue from his love of biology, math, and the arts in high school. Steven is a first generation college student in a family from El Salvador. Prior to becoming Webmaster for SHPE, Steven was a member of the Freshman Round Table.

Andrea Cardona ’19 | SHPE Jr. Chair
Andrea Cardona is a first generation college student from a northwest suburb of Chicago, IL. She is undecided on which engineering major she will pursue but her interests lie in design and chemistry. When she isn’t in class or studying, you can find her working as a lab aide in the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC). There she assists lab technicians in the X-Ray Diffraction and Mass Spectrometry units. Before becoming the SHPE Jr. Liason, she was the Secretary for the Freshman Round Table.

Peter Rios | Graduate Advisor
Check back soon for a short biography about Peter!

Responsibilities of the Executive Board
• Represent the chapter
• Maintain Chapter bylaws and manage the business of SHPE-NU
• Create committees and appoint chairs
• Maintain communication with the chapter advisor, Regional Representative, and National Board
• Authorize distribution of funds
• Coordinate National Reports
• Coordinate transition of new board
• Provide guidance to committee chairs and officers
• Perform additional duties
Vice President of Student Affairs
• Assume responsibilities of president if needed
• Oversee and assist membership and publicity chairs with: Freshman MentorSHPE, Quarterly member retreats, Freshman summer mailing and Freshman roundtable, etc
• Maintain a SHPE-NU member database
• Act as liason with other MSA and McCormick student
• Setup and implement programs and workshops towards academic achievement: Biweekly study tables, Maintaining and expanding study files, EA/Matlab workshops
• Provide oversight and guidance to committee chairs
• Perform other duties assigned by the president or the execute board
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
• Organize professional development events
• Handle Conference planning and registration.
• Keep the executive board and general members updated on SHPE National and Regional events
• Manage alumni communication and a directory
• Maintain a working database of corporate and graduate student contacts
• Oversee and distribute the Corporate Solicitation Packet by the end of Winter Quarter.
• Assist in finding speakers for general meetings and workshops.
• Provide oversight and guidance to committee chairs as assigned.
• Perform other duties as may be assigned by the president or the executive board
• Take minutes at every executive meeting and distribute them within 24 hours of the meeting.
• Keep records of meeting and event attendance
• Submit quarterly article to the SHPE national magazine
• Keep record of all events (planning guides, evaluations,etc)
• Handle room and equipment reservations for all SHPE events
• Coordinate content for SHPE-NU’s biweekly electronic newsletter and end of the year print newsletter
• Provide oversight and guidance to committee chairs as assigned.
• Perform other duties as may be assigned by the president or the executive board
Publicity Chair
• Create and distribute advertising materials for all SHPE-NU events
• Maintain the SHPE-NU bulletin board and trifold
• Be responsible for layout and style of SHPE-NU’s biweekly and end of year newsletter and coordinate content with Secretary and Executive Board
• Take pictures at SHPE events
• Assist Membership Chair with Summer Freshman mailings and Wildcat Welcome week recruitment events
• Shall plan and execute the Fall Recruitment Fiesta
• Provide oversight and guidance to committee chairs as assigned
Community Service Chair
• Coordinate community outreach activities with area schools and other organizations, for a minimum of one event or opportunity per quarter
• Keep track of community service hours served by members
• Coordinate and head the High School Initiative Program (HSIP) planning committee
• Serve as point of contact between SHPE-NU chapter and any SHPE-JR chapters
• Provide oversight and guidance to committee chairs as assigned
• Perform other duties as may be assigned by the president or the executive board
Membership Chair
• Report to VP of Student Affairs and work with Publicity Chair to create and manage effective recruitment and retention programs to increase membership of SHPE-NU
• Coordinate freshman mailings, Wildcat Welcome week recruitment events, and MentorSHPE program
• Plan and execute quarterly social events for members
• Maintain Membership Point System (MPS) and nominate members to Classmen of the Year Awards
• Lead the Freshman Roundtable (FRT) and serve as their advisor
• Provide oversight and guidance to committee chairs as assigned
• Perform other duties as may be assigned by the president or the executive board
•Manage the SHPE Exec and general listservs under discretion of President
• Maintain SHPE-NU website and update it with announcements and meeting minutes on a weekly basis
• Maintain the chapter calendar
• Work with VP Corporate Affairs and VP of Student Affairs to develop ideas on how to better use the website
• Provide oversight and guidance to committee chairs as assigned
• Perform other duties as may be assigned by the president or the executive board
• Responsible for collection, distribution, and safekeeping of chapter funds
• Organize minimum of one fundraising event per quarter
• Order food for general meetings and other events
• Work with VP of Corporate Affairs to solicit and obtain funds for chapter events
• Research possible funding opportunities on campus (grants, corporate sponsorships, etc.)
• Maintain database of local businesses and policies for sponsorship opportunities
• Provide oversight and guidance to committee chairs as assigned
• Perform other duties as may be assigned by the president or the executive board
SHPE Jr. Liason
• Responsible for overseeing all sponsored SHPE Jr. Chapters by SHPE-NU, attending all of their meetings, and tend to all their needs
• Plan and implement a SHPE-NU and SHPE Jr. social event per quarter
• Keep contact with all of the SHPE Jr. Chapters and keep the exec board updated on their progress
• Act as a head coach for the Regional Science Bowl Competition with ETHS SHPE Jr. and is responsible for finding volunteers/coaches for that term
• Updates Nationals on each SHPE Jr. Chapters’ progress
• Main point of contact for chartering a SHPE Jr. Chapter that wishes to be sponsored by SHPE-NU and is responsible for conducting the charter process
• Perform other duties as may be assigned by the president or the executive board


Skills in SHPENU

Adobe After Effects
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Muse
Adobe Photoshop
Apple iWork Suite (Pages, Keynote, Numbers)
Assembly (IA32)
AutoCAD Map
Autodesk Revit Architecture
Certified in Light Rail Transit (LRT) On Track Safety
Cinema 4D
Client Relations
Command-Line Coding
Concrete Testing
Dr. Racket
Electronics Design
Experience on a Unix Platform
Field Inspection
Final Cut Pro X
First Aid,
Fork Lift Operation
General Troubleshooting
Google Sketch-Up
Graphic Design
Language: French
Language: Italian
Language: Japanese
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Language: Russian
Language: Spanish
Lifeguarding/Waterfront Aid
Microcontroller Programming
Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, OneNote)
Public Speaking
Sony Vegas Pro
Typing: 60 Words/Minute
Visual Basic
Web Applications

SHPENU Involvement

American Society of Civil Engineers
Associated Student Government (ASG)
Boxing Club
Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)
Code for Chicago
College Feminists
Council of Latino Admission Volunteers for Education (C.L.A.V.E)
Engineering World Health
First-Year Activities Board
Freshman Urban Program
Institute for Business Education, Technology Group
Interested ladies of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc
Interfaith Community
La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.
Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), Washington, DC
Metro Achievement Center
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
New Student and Family Programs
Northwestern Organization of Design Engineers
Northwestern Treblemakers
Northwestern University Information Technology
Northwestern University Sailing Team
Northwestern University Water Polo Team
Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc.
One Step Before
Project SOAR at the YMCA
QuestBridge Scholar Network (QSN)
United States Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
Youth Service International

SHPENU Projects

Gait Weight Mate (Steven, DTC1, Winter 2016)
Modular Display Case (Edgar, DTC2, Spring 2013)
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Project (Guadalupe, DTC1, 2012)
The Infrared Automatic Wheelchair Lock (Raul, DTC1, Winter 2015)
The Winnetka Park District Project (Guadalupe, 2013)
TraySpace (Michelle, DTC2, Spring 2013)
U-Pull (Michelle, DTC1, Winter 2013)

Northwestern Student Resources

How to make a resume
Internship and full-time employment interviews help
Networking help
Other career resources


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