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.

For our members, we offer workshops and discussion panels with nearby companies on issues such as how to write a winning resume, interviewing tips and techniques and what companies expect out of an entry-level engineer.

Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation.

Specifically, SHPE UCF has participated in several kinds of events from monitoring student competition to attending professional conferences and hosting speakers at our meetings.

Among our duties is to serve as role models to the community. With this in mind, we conduct school visits to high schools through our SHPE Junior Program to present what technical professions are and how they affect our everyday life. We also monitor student competitions for SECME, a statewide program that enables younger student with hands-on projects with basic math and science applications.

The SHPE UCF chapter also participates in the national and regional conferences held throughout the year. These tools together allow our members to be professionally prepared for their upcoming careers.

Leadership is a key element for SHPE and we encourage all members to become leaders within our organization. It’s not only a resume booster but it allows you meet other students and chapters.

SHPE UCF is a part of SHPE Region VII along with Florida Atlantic University, University of Miami, Florida International University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida State University, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, University of Florida and the University of South Florida.

The professional chapters include the Central Florida, Tampa, South Florida and Atlanta chapters.

The SHPE National website is

The Central Florida SHPE Professional Chapter website

Our Mission
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 UCF's Awards

The following awards have been achieve thanks to the merit and effort of current and former members of SHPE UCF.

  • SHPE Region VII Best Chapter of the Year (2017)
  • Excellence in K-12 STEM Outreach (2015)
  • SHPE Blue Chip Award (2015)
  • Region VII SHPE – Cup Semi-Finalist (2015)
  • SHPE Region VII – March Madness Champion (2012)
  • SHPE Jr Competition – 1st Place Winner (2012)
  • Shark Pride Award – Student Chapter (2011)
  • Regional Outstanding Chapter Award (2011)
  • Shark Pride Award – Student Chapter (2010)
  • RLDC Region VII Participation Award (2010)
  • SHPE Region VII Chapter of the Month (2009)
  • SHPE Region VII Chapter of the Month (2006)
  • Region VII Leadership Training Certificate of Appreciation (2002)
Meet our 2020-2021 Board


Carlos Arboleda

External VP

Antonny Porlles

Internal VP

Camille Morar


Paul Stuckey


Frederick Santiago

Outreach Chair

Alejandro Parrado

Development Chair

Santiago Valdez

Event Chair

Alexander Diener

MentorSHPE Chair

Mariana Avila

Membership Chair

Karla Escobar

Marketing Chair

Jazime Mariquez

Project Chair

Darina Khater

SHPEtinas Co-Director

Whitney Stuckey

SHPEtinas Co-Director

Ariane Avedano

Tech Director

Sofia Montana

Tech Co-Director

Bryce Villanueva

SHPE Jr. Conference Chair

Samantha Hernandez

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SHPE UCF is proud to work with
Dassault Systemes
Sandia Lab
SHPE Nationals
Burns and McDonnell
J.P. Morgan Chase
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Texas Instruments
Northrup Grumman