Already known as the nation's largest technical conference for Hispanics,
the SHPE Conference has confirmed its largest registration in 32 years of
existence. Some 5,000 professionals, students, educators, corporate
representatives and community leaders from throughout
"Attendance at the SHPE Conference continues to grow because of the true
value and tangible impact the conference makes on its participants. Last
year, one company alone hired more than 60 applicants through our Career Expo.
In essence, students, professionals, educators and corporate partners greatly
benefit from attending the SHPE Conference and most likely will leave with job
or internship offers; financial aid information for college or graduate
school; professional certifications and leadership training; or hands-on and
affordable activities to take back to the science classroom," said
The Hispanic population continues to increase at a rapid pace -- especially among young people -- but the growing population is not reflected in scientific and technical professions. Hispanics comprised only 5.5 percent of the science and engineering workforce in 2006, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. In addition, the National Science Foundation has warned that a rapid decline in the science and engineering labor force's growth rate is expected over the next decade and will fundamentally affect the U.S. economy. Though targeted to Hispanics, the SHPE Conference addresses the critical need for engineering talent as a whole.
"This year at the SHPE Conference, we are drawing more professionals than
ever before, thanks to expanded offerings that meet our members' technical and
leadership development needs," said
Most conference events will take place in downtown
-- The AHETEMS Pre-College Symposia for hundreds of local Phoenix middle school students and high school students from across the nation. Jaime Escalante, the teacher on whom the movie "Stand and Deliver" was based, will address students. (This year's pre-college program sold out within weeks after the 2007 conference.) -- A myriad of awards recognizing talented high school, college and graduate students, and professionals including engineers and academic advisors -- Academic, professional, career development and leadership workshops -- Competitions including the National Academic Olympiad Show, Extreme Engineering, Design Competition, and Technical Competitions -- Specialized graduate student institute and a graduate school preparation program -- Salute to Corporate America Luncheon, honoring SHPE's corporate partners -- Gala Banquet honoring SHPE's "Company of the Year" and role models winners of the 2008 STAR (or SHPE Technical Achievement Recognition) Awards -- Career Fair with 300 of the nation's top companies and organizations offering full-time and internship positions -- for students and experienced professionals -- Professional Development Series as well as certification tracks and new green engineering program -- Corporate tours
SHPE is the source for quality Hispanic engineers and technical talent, committed to enhancing America's position in math, science, engineering and technology with a strong and talented Hispanic workforce. For more information, visit http://www.shpe.org.
SOURCE Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers