INDUSTRY, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 13, 2012) - The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the leading source for quality Hispanic engineers and technical talent, draws in more than 5,000 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students, professionals, and corporations to the Dallas, Ft. Worth region this week as they gather for SHPE's 2012 National Conference, held November 14-18 at the Ft. Worth Convention Center.
The largest Hispanic technical conference in the United States, the annual SHPE National Conference is essential for company recruiters looking for reliable and highly qualified Hispanic technical talent, while offering a targeted resource for Hispanic students and professionals to network within the STEM fields.
This year's 2012 SHPE National Conference, promises to deliver on unique program workshops, featured guests speakers, award ceremonies and competitions. Key to this year's conference includes:
Career Fair Expo
The Career Fair Expo offers a unique opportunity for Hispanic students and professionals to meet representatives from sponsoring corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies and graduate schools to learn about the latest technologies and career options in the STEM fields. The day and a half event features more than 220 companies in various industries including Fortune 500 companies like ExxonMobil, Chevron, General Motors, General Electric and Hewlett Packard. More than 2,700 attendees are registered to attend this year's Career Fair alone.
One of the most uniquely advantageous events for both SHPE Conference participants and hiring companies is the Corporate Tours Program. Participants will have an opportunity to experience new companies' technologies, interact with potential recruiters, and network with engineers and scientists.
The SHPE conference competitions provide undergraduate and graduate participants an opportunity to compete by delivering their research in written and oral form before an audience of their peers. Competitions include Academic Olympiad, Design Competition, Extreme Engineering and Technical Paper & Poster.
The Pre-College Symposia is a full day college and career awareness program for Hispanic middle and high school students. Two tracks -- a High School Track and a Middle School Track -- are held for approximately 800 students from the local community, out-of-state areas, and SHPE Jr. chapters.
SHPE's Educational Program is geared toward students and professionals alike. General Sessions give members a unique experience in General Workshops (Leadership Development, Academic Excellence, Career Development) Specialized Tracks (Graduate Institute, Dean's Summit, Latina Tracks and Corporate Readiness Program) and Distinguished Lectures and Technical Seminars.
The conference will offer signature events with unique experiences like STAR Awards, Excellence in STEM Luncheon, Latina and Discipline Luncheons, Lifetime Member & Founders Receptions, Professional Networking Receptions, Networking Socials, Presidents Breakfast, High Achiever's Breakfast, Hospitality Suites, National & Regional Meetings, an Opening Ceremony and Ribbon-Cutting ceremony.
"Our annual conference is becoming increasingly relevant as our country prepares our nation to compete globally in an effort to improve our economy and technical position," said Pilar Montoya, SHPE CEO. "SHPE is the foundation for tackling this issue by preparing and substantially increasing the number of Hispanics graduating from STEM undergraduate and graduate programs, including supporting Hispanic professionals already in the field. This conference prepares our next generation STEM leaders while supporting professionals to grow within their careers."
For more information about SHPE 2012 National Conference, please visit www.shpe.org/2012.
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 processional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. Today, the company's mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. SHPE provides a variety of programming and resources including hosting the largest annual technical conference it the nation. For more information, visit www.shpe.org.