CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering the Hispanic community by igniting Hispanic youths' interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), welcomes the appointment of new Foundation Board Chair, Miguel Alemañy. Mr. Alemañy succeeds Diana Gomez, who served as Board Chair for the Foundation since 2009. Ms. Gomez will continue to serve on the Foundation Board of Directors.
"Miguel is an outstanding leader who brings to the organization his experience, wisdom, and a true dedication to educating the next generation of Hispanic STEM professionals," said Barry Cordero, SHPE Inc. Interim CEO, Board President and SHPE Foundation Board member. "He was selected for his long history of leadership in understanding industries and executive experience. We believe he will be instrumental in moving the organization forward."
"It is an honor for me to serve as Chair of the SHPE Foundation," said Alemañy. "There is nothing more important for the future of our country, both in terms of global competitiveness as well as our own societal wellbeing, than ensuring that a sufficient number of our young men and women choose a career in a STEM field. Latinos have traditionally been underrepresented in this area and the Foundation has a mission to raise money for scholarships to provide as many young Hispanic men and women as possible the opportunity to pursue a career in one of these fields."
For more than 35 years, Mr. Alemañy has focused on giving back to the Hispanic community. Mr. Alemañy is a lifetime member of SHPE and, in addition to currently serving on both Management Committee and the Foundation Board of Directors, he held the position of Chairman of the Industrial Partnership Council for three terms. Mr. Alemañy is also a lifetime and advisory board member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, recipient of the President's Award twice, and a board member of Every Child Succeeds. Mr. Alemañy is a graduate from the University of Puerto Rico and has served in numerous executive positions at Procter & Gamble in North America and Europe.
SHPE Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3), works exclusively to develop educational enrichment and academic outreach initiatives for Hispanics, serving a range of students from pre-college through a PhD pathway, offering resources, grants and scholarships. SHPE relies on public contributions. All contributions are tax-deducible. For more information, visit www.shpe.org/index.php/donate.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers offers a network of over 400 chapters nationally for pre-college, college and professional members. SHPE's mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. SHPE provides a variety of programming and resources including hosting the largest Latino technical conference in the nation. For more information, visit www.shpe.org.
SOURCE Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)