SOURCE: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

December 04, 2012 12:00 ET

SHPE Successfully Drew Thousands to Fort Worth, Texas

Largest Hispanic Technical Conference Focused on Solving the STEM Crisis

INDUSTRY, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 4, 2012) - The Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE), the leading national organization aimed at motivating Hispanics to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), hosted a successful conference last month drawing more than 4,500 people into Fort Worth, Texas.

The four-day event took place November 14-17, and successfully achieved

  • Bringing together 1,200 middle and high school students to the University of Texas at Dallas for an all-day College Symposia event
  • Introducing nearly 3,000 college students to Fortune 500 companies at the annual Career Fair. More than 220 companies were present at the Career Fair Expo to recruit Hispanic talent for STEM related jobs and internships.
  • Launching for the first time a leading industry study, prepared by the American Petroleum Institute, providing an employment outlook for African American and Latinos in the Upstream Oil and Natural Gas industry. The study revealed thousands of available jobs due to the accelerated development of U.S. oil and natural gas resources.
  • Hosting an executive roundtable with CEOs and industry leaders on solutions to placing more Hispanic talent into the STEM workforce.
  • Offering technical workshops for professionals and students, networking events, motivational luncheons and seminars to arm college students with professional life skills.

"We are pleased to host another successful SHPE conference," said Pilar Montoya, SHPE CEO. "As U.S. corporations realize that our national customer base is becoming more diverse, tapping into the diversity is becoming a priority as this shift impacts their economic growth. SHPE is the solution to help corporations succeed. We're proud to offer a membership that reflects 318 university and professional chapters, and 50 high school chapters across the nation."

The 2013 SHPE National Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from October 30 - November 4 and promises to deliver on more unique program workshops, featured guests speakers, award ceremonies, technical competitions and a larger Career Fair Expo. For more information, please visit

About SHPE
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. 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

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