Changing Lives
Empowering Communities
Impacting the World

WHAT IS SHPE?

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in 1974 to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community.

The concept of Networking was the key basis for the organization

SHPE quickly established two student chapters to begin the network that would grow to encompass the nation as well as reach countries outside the United States. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation.

WHO IS SHPE MS?

The Mississippi Professional Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE-MS) was founded in Vicksburg, MS in 2012 by 11 engineers. The main objective was to form an organization of professionals that could serve as role models to the community. Today our Chapter has 20 active members. The Chapter keeps open communication with our members and tries to satisfy their professional needs while still reaching back to the community.

The main goals of SHPE-MS are to provide professional and leadership opportunities to our members, to increase STEM awareness and impact in the community, promote social and cultural integration among the members and the community, and to expand our member population and fundraise in order to fund outreach activities. We provide technical and motivational seminars to our members as well as social and cultural events. Our Chapter is one of the most active professional organizations in Vicksburg area in terms of outreach and community service. We are also active collaborators with the Student Chapter of the SHPE at Mississippi State University (SHPE MSU) and participate in activities such as Noche de Ciencias.

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SHPE MS Mission

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 MS Vision

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

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Board of Directors 2018-2019

Marielys Ramos

President

Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Master of Science in Civil Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Marielys works at the River Engineering Branch of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, at the ERDC-USACE. Her specialty is reservoir sediment management, and she also works with numerical modeling of river hydraulics and sediment transport.

Luis De Jesus

Vice - President

Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineer
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Master degree in Mechanical Engineer
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Luis is part of the Structural Engineering Branch at the GSL Laboratory, ERDC. He specializes in thermal and fluid sciences and is currently involved with the infra sound team, modeling noise emitted by structures for health monitoring of infrastructure.

Gerardo Velazquez

Treasurer

Bachelor degree in Mechanical  Engineering
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Master in Engineering Mechanics
Mississippi State University

Program Manager for the US Army Bridge Safety Program of the US Army Transportation Infrastructure Inspection Program (ATIIP) with the responsibility of the safety evaluation of over 2,200 US Army bridges worldwide.  Subject Matter Expert for the evaluation of military load classification and reconnaissance for the US Army.

Jamie Lopez

Secretary

Bachelor & Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Currently Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
Southern New Hampshire University

His research interests include the study of the main failure mechanisms that affect dams and levees as well as the geometric and hydraulic design optimization of spillways.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017

PRESIDENT
Lyan García

VICE-PRESIDENT
Luis De Jesús

TREASURER
Gerardo Velázquez

SECRETARY
Axel Montalvo

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016

PRESIDENT
Javier Osorio

VICE-PRESIDENT
Danniel Rodriguez

TREASURER
Gerardo Velázquez

SECRETARY
Lyan García

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2015

PRESIDENT
Omar Esquilín-Mangual

VICE-PRESIDENT
Javier Osorio

TREASURER
Gerardo Velázquez

SECRETARY
Lyan García

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014

PRESIDENT
Mariely Mejías

VICE-PRESIDENT
Omar Esquilín-Mangual

TREASURER
Gerardo Velázquez

SECRETARY
Yamiretsy Pagán-Albelo

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2013

PRESIDENT
Jose Sánchez

VICE-PRESIDENT
Mario Sánchez

TREASURER
Omar Esquilín-Mangual

SECRETARY
Mariely Mejías

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012

PRESIDENT
Jose Sánchez

VICE-PRESIDENT
Mario Sánchez

TREASURER
Omar Esquilín-Mangual

SECRETARY
Mariely Mejías

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