Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Stony Brook University


In the fall semester of 1987, Carlos Menjivar of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the oldest known Latino fraternity, realized there was a need for more Latino representation in engineering at Stony Brook University. Together, he and Luis A. Gomez envisioned an organization that would unite, support, and empower Latinos in the engineering field. With the support of the Engineering department, their first meeting in 1995 was a huge success and the Stony Brook University professional chapter of the Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHE) was born. By unanimous vote, their first Executive Board was elected:

President Luis A. Gomez

Vice President Orlando Montan

Treasurer Annette Pamis

Secretary Malbin Mendoza

Public Relations Managers Lily Liy and Jorge Resto.

The organization would go on to host field trips and professional guest speakers so students would have the opportunity to network and build relationships with individuals in their prospective industries. Collectively, they worked on increasing the number of Hispanic engineering students on campus, providing guidance and aid so that these students could flourish and complete their education.


SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.


SHPE’s vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Executive Board


Christopher Quilla


Vice President

Antonio Gambra



Julissa Vicente



Jared Ocasio


Extended Executive Board

Social Media Chair

Ashley Gomez

Event Coordinator

Alexander Maus

Graphic Designer

Michael Ly

Graphic Designer

Michael Igbanugo



Shey Ochoa-Gilb


Web Developer

Angel Velazquez


Web Developer

Aidan Furey

2017 SHPE National Conference | (from left to right) Vanessa Herrera – co-op spring internship at Boston Scientific | Graduate Franklin Panora wins $10,000 1st place prize at Nissan Design Competition | Geuris German – Co-op spring internship at Air Products & Chemical Inc. | Abrar Taseen – co-op spring internship at BorgWarner

Our members attend the biggest Hispanic career fair of the year. Events hosted throughout the year train SHPE students for interviews & competitions held at the conference.


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2017 Pre-College Day | Longwood High School was given a STEM career presentation, lunch, a tour of  the Stony Brook University campus, and attended workshops about working with Arduino, 3D design and printing, and green screen.

High school students from the community are invited to Stony Brook University by SHPE to learn about STEM careers.


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We ignite curiosity and incentivize students and parents alike to consider attending college and pursuing STEM.





Noche de Ciencias is an interactive event held at local high schools where parents are informed of financial aid opportunities on a federal and state level while students take part in STEM-related activities and competitions.





Arduinos are a simple, cheap way to teach kids basic electronic concepts that are used in everyday machines and robots. Students are presented with pre-built Arduino projects and taught what went into making them work as well as have a chance to build their own.





Noche De Ciencias is held in both English and Spanish to effectively  reach out to and communicate with immigrant families.

A panel presented by Stony Brook SHPE students takes high school students through their own experiences from applying to college to choosing a major, and what it takes to be successful in college.

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Become a sponsor by purchasing a sponsorship package!

Gold: ($500 – $1000+)

  • Host an event around a topic of your choice
  • Everything in the Silver package

Silver :  ($250 – $499)

  • Your logo on the back of Stony Brook SHPE sweaters
  • Stony Brook SHPE merchandise
  • Everything in the Bronze package

Bronze: ($50 – $249)

  • Your logo on our website
  • Alumni Newsletter Sponsor Recognition

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Stony Brook SHPE events require materials and resources.

  • Catering: Catered food greatly reduces the cost of hosting an event and is always appreciated.
  • Company Merchandise: T-shirts, phone wallets, bracelets, pens, hats. etc.
  • Professionals: Professionals are always welcome to participate in events such as resume reviews and networking events.

Their are many other ways your company could help Stony Brook SHPE host the best experiences possible for students. You can help Stony Brook SHPE impact more communities and make a difference.