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Engineering Societies

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The University of Rochester Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE-UR) was chartered in 1989 to serve Hispanic engineers and scientists at the University of Rochester. It has since then flourished and done much to benefit the University's Hispanic community. SHPE-UR is devoted to promoting personal and academic growth throughout the undergraduate and graduate education.

The mission of SHPE-UR is to:

  • Increase the number of Hispanic engineering students at the University of Rochester .
  • Increase the participation of Hispanic students in the Minority Student Ambassador (MSA) Program.
  • Promote the advancement of Hispanic engineers and scientist in employment and education.
  • Develop and participate in programs with industry and the University which benefits students seeking technical degrees.
  • Improve the retention of Hispanic students enrolled in engineering and science.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of information pertinent to Hispanic engineering/science students enrolled at the University of Rochester.

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Nancy Vargas ’17 is a first generation college student from San Antonio, Tex. -- a California native whose parents emigrated from Mexico. She likes “being able to explore your passions without being tied down to one thing.” She also likes technology – understanding how things work, and being able to build them. She is doing both at the University of Rochester, where a flexible curriculum allows her to explore issues of Latin American immigration even as she pursues a major in Electrical and Computer Engineering. During her first year she was already building an amplifier. “We learned how it works and learned about op amps (operational amplifiers). I thought it was very interesting considering it was my first semester here.”