Our Chapter

Better together.

About Our Chapter
About Our Chapter

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at the University of California, Irvine has impacted the lives of many students within the organization. Since the revival of the chapter in 2009, SHPE at UCI has grown significantly in both membership and recognition. The executive board members and general members grow by the five pillars of SHPE: Academics, Professional Development, Leadership Development, Chapter Development and Community Outreach. 

Over the year of 2016, SHPE at UCI has demonstrated initiative to heavily recruit, retain, aid members attain post-graduate success. For this reason SHPE at UCI has been awarded, “Most Improved Engineering Student Organization”, “Student Organization of the Month”, and “Student Organization of the Year” by the University of California, Irvine. 

SHPE at UCI strives to make everyone a part of something big. The chapter provides different committees that expose members to what board members do to help the organization strive. Currently, there are three committee: SHPE JR (High School Outreach) Committee, Events Planning Committee, and Professional Committee. Each committee offers unique opportunities that help members become the leaders they envision.

Finally, SHPE at UCI takes chapter development to a higher dimension by creating a sense of “familia”. The chapter successfully integrates new members, thus creating a very inclusive environment that represents a “home away from home” for various members. Through the various sub-committees and activities there’s an opportunity to get involved. SHPE members vary in all years and members that have classes in common quickly bond and become close. Since many members come from similar backgrounds, and have similar goals, SHPE has the mindset that they can all succeed together.

Chapter History

Let’s see how far we’ve come.

Timeline

2017
April 28

First Alumni Mixer

First Alumni Mixer
For the first time, SHPE at UCI hosted its own Alumni Mixer event to bring back past members and have them share their experiences with current undergraduate students. As part of the SHPE familia, its important for the chapter to maintain strong connections with members who have graduated.
March 26

Won the “Battle of the Engineering Student Organizations”

Won the “Battle of the Engineering Student Organizations”
For the first time, SHPE at UCI won the Battle of the Engineering Student Organizations. While also dethroning the American Institute of Chemical Engineers at UC Irvine, who had won for the past six consecutive years. The achievement was possible thanks to the leadership of the executive board, and the passion of the members.
January 31

Awarded “Organization of the Month”

Awarded “Organization of the Month”
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at UC Irvine earned this award for successfully implementing the five pillars and for contributing to the UC Irvine campus along the way.
2016
September 28

120 Students Milestone

120 Students Milestone
For the first general meeting of the Fall 2016 quarter, SHPE at UCI had 120 students show up to learn about our chapter and organization. Since the chapter's inception, this was the largest amount of students in one meeting.
May 18

Awarded “Student Organization of the Year”

Awarded “Student Organization of the Year”
At the 36th Annual Anteater Awards at UC Irvine, SHPE at UCI had the grand pleasure of winning two awards: "Most Outstanding Special Interest Organization" and "Student Organization of the Year". This was the first time SHPE at UCI had won an award at Anteater Awards. As the President of the 2015-16 Executive Board, Mersy Maradiaga, said,  "winning the award reflected that our hard work, dedication, and passion for the organization had paid off."
April 30

SHPE Region 2 Soccer Tournament Champions

SHPE Region 2 Soccer Tournament Champions
While excelling professionally, SHPE at UCI also shines on the field. Thanks to our amazing members we were able to defeat USC SHPE in the finals of the Region 2 Soccer Tournament.
April 15

Awarded “Most Improved Engineering Student Organization”

SHPE at UCI continues to expand and begins to rank among the well established student organizations at UC Irvine.
April 9

Awarded “Regional Blue Chip Award”

Awarded “Regional Blue Chip Award”
Twice a year the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers holds the National Reporting Program where all SHPE chapters are evaluated on their ability to exercise the five pillars of SHPE. Chapters are graded on a max score of 950, and those with scores of 800 or greater are officially recognized. SHPE at UCI received this award at the Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) in Tempe, AZ.
2013
November 15

SHPE Jr. Chapter Established in Santa Ana, CA

SHPE Jr. Chapter Established in Santa Ana, CA
With the help of new and experienced members, SHPE at UCI successfully established a SHPE Jr. chapter at Century High School in Santa Ana, California. SHPE and Century would then go on to hold their annual "Noche de Ciencias" event to motivate high school students to pursue careers in STEM.
April 6

Awarded “Medium Chapter Award”

Awarded “Medium Chapter Award”
The member's commitment towards the chapter propelled it to become the most well-rounded medium SHPE chapter in southern California.
2009
March 1

SHPE at UCI Revival

SHPE at UCI Revival
Under the guidance of their talented advisor, and SHPE at UCI alumni, Marvin Maldonado, a fresh group of students re-founded the chapter.
2005
September 20

Chapter Becomes Dormant

Chapter Becomes Dormant
Facing an absence of member activity, the chapter slowly grew inactive and went into a deep slumber.
1997
September 20

SHPE at UC Irvine Founded

SHPE at UC Irvine Founded
Though it is not entirely clear, it is estimated that SHPE at UC Irvine was founded in the late 1990's.