SHPE to Host Pre-College Symposium at University of Maryland Drawing Hundreds of High School Students

Workshops designed to prepare Hispanic teens for engineering careers

Nov 10, 2015, 11:00 ET from Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

INDUSTRY, Calif., Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), in partnership with the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering will bring nearly 400 high school students to SHPE's  Pre-College Symposium on Friday, November 13, 2015. The event is designed to inspire high schools students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.Students will have the opportunity to hear opening remarks from Bruk Berhane, Assistant Director Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Scholarships of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and closing remarks from Dr. Darryll Pines, Dean of the Clark School.

The symposium will feature several hands-on activities as well as workshops. Topics below- STEM, College Life, STEM Careers:

  • NAVSEA: Let's Catapult!
    This workshop is designed to strengthen the students' understanding of STEM principles through conducting a Navy-focused interactive activity.
  • Exelon's Tower Challenge!
    See how you stack up! Join Exelon for our Tower Challenge. Teams will be tasked with building a tower that will support the weight of bricks using only index cards, tape, and glue sticks – all while managing a budget for your supplies. The team to successfully build a tower for the lowest total cost wins!
  • Round Table: College Life Sponsored by the Clark School of Engineering
    This highly interactive session is designed to connect undergraduate student volunteers and high school students, enabling open conversations about college life and environment.
  • Round Table: STEM Careers Sponsored by Facebook
    This panel discussion will be held between STEM professionals about opportunities in STEM fields, the importance of a college education, and lessons learned. 
  • Identifying Your Leadership Style:  It's About the Personality, Not the Work
    Leaders aren't born, they are engineered. Through a series of exercises, you will identify your unique leadership style and explore key concepts in leadership development. You will also learn how to leverage different leadership styles to build and empower your teams to success.

The event will also include a college and career fair, and campus tour.

"We are pleased to collaborate with the University of Maryland, College Park," said Richard Morley, SHPE CEO. "This is one of many programs aimed to inspire young Hispanic students to discover how fun math and science can be, learn about career opportunities in STEM and about resources to pay for and apply to college."

The event is part of SHPE's annual conference, which is in Baltimore, Maryland from November 11-15. The Clark School of Engineering is a sponsor.  

"We're proud to be a sponsor of SHPE's pre-college symposium," said Dr. Darryll Pines. "We are always excited to bring diverse students to campus to experience the opportunities and community that an engineering degree has to offer. When everyone has access to information and a seat at the table, it makes our profession stronger."

SHPE Conference 2015
The SHPE Conference is the largest annual Hispanic STEM conference in the nation bringing nearly 6,000 professionals, educators, students and corporations from throughout the U.S. for technical and professional development workshops, design contests, technical competitions, engineering challenges, network opportunities and a Career Fair Expo. More information can be found by visiting the SHPE Conference website.

About SHPE
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers offers a network of more than 400 chapters nationally. 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 annual Hispanic STEM conference in the nation. For more information, visit

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