National 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.

Chapter History

The evolution of Hispanic organizations in Engineering at The Ohio State University (OSU) has been one over the past two decades when the Council of Hispanics in Engineering & Architecture (CHEA) became the first organization to initiate employment opportunities for Hispanics at OSU. Unfortunately, CHEA soon faded out of existence and it was not until the fall of 1990 that CHEA would start again, this time under the name of the Organization of Hispanic Students in Engineering & Architecture (OHSEA). In 2003, OHSEA was later changed to the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and more opportunities for career and scholastic development initiatives were becoming realized with this affiliation. Our chapter's mission lies with not only recruiting/retaining Hispanic students in engineering and other STEM fields, but also gain the interest of local high school students in a major related to STEM.