The student chapter at Florida International University is dedicated to fulfilling our founding fathers’ dreams to promote and encourage Hispanic participation in engineering and science. Since 1982, SHPE-FIU has been committed to the development and implementation of programs aimed at successfully recruiting and retaining Hispanic students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Over the past 22 years, SHPE-FIU has grown from 10 to over 198 members, and during 2010 we were the largest engineering club at FIU. We were also voted outstanding club for the entire university during 1994 and 1998 and won the Region VII Science Bowl and placed third at the National Science Bowl. Since 2002, we have actively helped in the coordination and participated in the Engineering Gala. This is the largest student-run event by the College of Engineering and Computing Science at Florida International University. It recognizes the exciting and dynamic educational and research facility that FIU is by inviting our local educational community to share in the privilege and advantages of having a first-rate engineering college in our city.
Our recent accomplishments have continued the legacy that SHPE offers for the student body. We were one of the most awarded chapters of the nation, and we will see the progress continue as this academic year starts. We were awarded the Outstanding Large Chapter of Region 7. As a testament to the quality engineers that prepared in their respective fields at FIU, many of our members were able to obtain job and internship opportunities this past year through the SHPE National conference and the HENAAC Conference. Last year, 80 percent of our members that attended the SHPE National Conference obtained an internship or a job.
We want to continue with this success and increase the number of members that attend the professional conferences for their engineering professional development as well as encourage them to become future leaders in the STEM fields.