Thousands gather in Detroit for the 40th SHPE Conference Aimed to Inspire Hispanics in STEM.

INDUSTRY, Calif., Nov. 17, 2014 — The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the leading national organization aimed at motivating Hispanics to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), successfully hosted its 40th anniversary conference this month drawing more than 5,000 people to the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

The conference not only served as an opportunity for companies to recruit top talent from SHPE membership but also provided educational, technical and career opportunities for professionals and students in STEM fields.

The four-day event took place November 5-8 and successfully achieved:

– Aligning leaders from corporate America and our nation’s leading minority serving STEM organizations in an executive panel to renew collaborations and drive a common agenda.

– Celebrating the nation’s top talent through the annual STAR Awards show, recognizing the best and brightest student and professional engineers and scientists for their technical and professional achievements.

– Energizing 400 local middle and high school students converged at the University of Michigan during the all-day Pre-College Symposium.

– Exposing thousands of college students and professionals to Fortune 500 companies at the annual Career Fair & Graduate School Expo. More than 200 companies were present to recruit Hispanic talent for STEM related jobs and internships.

– Providing professional awareness, skills and development to students and professionals through corporate tours and technical workshops, networking events, motivational luncheons and seminars.

“I’m proud to be a part of such an amazing organization,” said Richard H. Morley, SHPE CEO.   “This is my first conference serving as CEO for SHPE. Our mission is to develop the Hispanic community through STEM awareness, access, support and development through our programs and events, and I think we’re achieving that.”

“This year is an exceptional year since we’re celebrating SHPE’s 40th anniversary,” said Barry Cordero, SHPE National President. “I continue to be inspired by the thousands of Hispanic students and professionals whose lives are truly changed through our organization.  This conference really shows all the ways we impact the community and continue to raise its potential.  I continue to firmly believe that these talented individuals, and our growing Latino community, are the answers to our nation’s STEM crisis. Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors, who also believe in the importance of developing our community through STEM.”

The 2015 SHPE National Conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from November 11-15 and promises to deliver on more unique program workshops, featured guests speakers, award ceremonies, technical competitions and a larger Career Fair & Graduate School Expo. For more information, please visit

About SHPE

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers offers a network of more than 400 chapters nationally. SHPE’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 Hispanic STEM conference in the nation.

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SOURCE Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers