About Us


SHPE’s mission is to promote the development of Hispanics in engineering, science and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity and social equity. SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize their fullest potential and impacts the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.

SHPE History

Founded in 1974 by a group of Los Angeles professional engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Inc.(SHPE) is a national 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization created to form a network of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community and advance the success of Hispanics in the engineering industry.  

Today, SHPE continues to expand at an aggressive pace and currently includes over 60 professional chapters, 230 student college chapters, and over 30 SHPE Jr. high school chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. With this vast network of individuals and resources, SHPE serves as the source of academic and career growth and success.  Don’t miss out on a chance to grow professionally and personally – SHPE is YOUR source.

SHPE-USPTO is the first US Government professional chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and was founded on June 23, 2009 by Monique Jackson, Belix Ortiz Ditren, Carlos Ortiz Rodriguez, and Juan D. Valentin. Although our official name mentions Hispanics and professional engineers, we are an inclusive group and are open to everyone, including non-engineers/scientists and non-Hispanics.  We are part of the national SHPE organization, which was founded in Los Angeles in 1974 by a group of city engineers with the goal of creating a national organization to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. Today SHPE’s mission also includes promoting STEM awareness, access, support, and development and encouraging Hispanics to enter STEM fields. SHPE-USPTO is committed to providing professional, educational and cultural support within the USPTO community and promoting professional education development programs that support the advancement of its general membership.

SHPE for the Professional

Professional members utilize SHPE resources to find greater success in their careers and beyond. Whether a member is an entry-level engineer or an experienced executive, professional development options are available to meet their needs. Professional members also have tremendous opportunities to network with colleagues, take on SHPE chapter leadership positions, and give back to their communities through various outreach initiatives.

Programs include:
– Professional Development Strategy Series (PDS)
– Management Growth Training (MGT)
– Executive Leadership Institute (ELI)
– Regional Professional Development opportunities
– National Institute for Leadership Advancement (NILA)
– Mentoring and networking opportunities
– Community outreach events
– Suite of professional offerings, competitions, receptions and training during national SHPE Conference
– Programs and scholarships for those interested in pursuing a graduate education

SHPE-USPTO Chapter Objectives and Goals

Increase exposure to career opportunities for the Hispanic community at the USPTO
– Professional development and recruiting events focused on Hispanics in general Engineering disciplines.
– Workshops at local institutions.
– Onsite tours for prospective Hispanic employees.

Develop programs to foster advancement of Hispanics within the USPTO
– Mentorship opportunities between general SHPE members and individuals in management positions within the USPTO.
– Encouraging the membership to participate in career advancement programs

Provide social outlets for USPTO employees
– Quarterly “happy hour” events.
– Social retreats and/or events that honor various aspects of Hispanic heritage.

Expose the general membership to the diversity within the Hispanic community
– Incorporating elements of various Hispanic groups into our Chapter.
– Honoring special occasions/holidays that are particular to various groups.
– Promoting a dialogue among the different cultures represented within the body of our Chapter.


Please review the Bylaws of the USPTO Professional Chapter here.

Code of Ethics

Members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers shall uphold and advance the integrityhonor and dignity of SHPE by: being honest and impartial and serving with fidelity our organization and our community; striving to increase the development of Hispanics in engineering, math, science, and other technical professions; and using their knowledge and skills for the advancement of Hispanics to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity and social equity.

To achieve these goals, members shall:

  1.   Act in a professional manner maintaining integrity and truthfulness and avoiding conflicts of interest.
  2.   Respect and protect the privacy, rights and dignity of others and maintain confidentiality when required.
  3.   Issue statements or present information only in an objective and truthful manner.
  4.   Treat fairly all colleagues and co-members, recognizing their unique contributions and capabilities.
  5.   Present a professional image in dress as well as behavior at all SHPE functions or while wearing the SHPE name and/or logo.
  6.   Call attention to unprofessional, unethical or inappropriate behavior and notify the appropriate leadership or authority if such behavior continues or threatens the safety or welfare of others.
  7.   Accept responsibility for their actions and recognize the contributions of others; seek critical review of their work and offer objective criticism of the work of others.
  8.   Continue their professional development throughout their careers, and provide opportunities for the professional development of those that follow them.
  9.   Be fiscally responsible with SHPE funds by spending within approved budgets and following financial guidelines set by the SHPE Inc. National Board of Directors, Local Region, Local Chapter, etc., as appropriate.
  10.   Abide by the National Bylaws, policies, procedures and guidelines as established by SHPE Inc.