Santa Clara University

Hispanics in STEM Network

We are a national organization of professional engineers that serve as role models and leaders in the Hispanic community. Founded in 1974, SHPE (pronounced "ship") has developed into a prominent and significant presence in the professional world. Today, SHPE maintains a strong network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation, including ours at SCU. Come get involved in this ever-growing movement!

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About Us

This is a familia, and we're here to help you reach your potential. 

Hear from our members why they join and why they've stayed in our SHPE familia!

Our Timeline

  • 1988

    The Beginning

    Michael Valencia, a staff member in Admissions, came to five students with the idea  of creating a student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at Santa Clara University.

  • 1997


    The chapter was reconstructed to create new positions and opportunities. The new name became ChALESS (Chicanos And Latinos in Engineering and Science at SCU).

  • 2000

    New Heights

    A record 56 members. Our chapter was awarded the "Chapter of the Year Award" from SHPE Silicon Valley Region 1.

  • 2009


    Name of the chapter was changed once more in order to have a common and recognizable name by everyone. It is now called Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at Santa Clara University. (SHPE-SCU)

  • 2017


    We refreshed the SHPE-SCU brand to represent all engineering disciplines in a modern, clean manner.

  • 2019

    Blue Chip Award

    Our chapter was awarded the blue chip award at the regional conference.

  • 2019

    Most Improved Chapter

    At the SHPE national convention, our chapter was recognized as the most improved chapter nationwide.

  • 2019

    New Story Brand

    We adopted a new story brand with a mission that aligns us with that of our national organization.

  • 2019

    New Logo

    We said goodbye to our SHPE-SCU logo and adopted the new SHPE national logo.

  • Now

    Present Day

    Our chapter continues to stay true to the mission to discover and create opportunities in STEM to help you get to where you wish to be academically, personally, and professionally.

Chapter Mission

Studying STEM in Silicon Valley can be overwhelming as a Hispanic. SHPE at SCU is a familia that helps you find your way. We provide you with the tools and support needed to focus on your ambitions and escape the pressure of going through it alone.

Core Values


We are intent on building a community to support each other.


We find it is important to give back to our community, so we volunteer and reach out to youth to spark an interest in STEM.


We provide academic advice including how to register for classes and which classes to take. We also study together.


We know that being in STEM is hard, and resilience becomes important in learning from our mistakes and failing forward.

Executive Board

Leading the crew, leading the SHPE.

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Andreas Anderhub


Aspiring software engineer who wants to make technology easier to use for everyone.

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Juliana Trujillo


I am a Bioengineering Major and Chemistry Minor interested in developing treatments and therapies for more equitable healthcare.

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Sarah Lopez


Computer science major specializing in data science. Passionate about healthcare, music, and making both more accessible.

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Patricia Ornelas Jauregui

Publicity Director

Born in Mexico and raised in Richmond, California, I am an aspiring software engineer with a passion for social justice.

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Daniel Bermudez

Academic and Activities Coordinator

I am an aspiring bioengineer, seeking to improve people's health worldwide through the development of innovative medical devices

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Daniel Mendoza


I'm a first generation student studying Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on renweable energy. I'm from Thousand Oaks, CA and my parents are from Michoacan, Mexico.

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Marieli Rubio

Community Outreach Coordinator

I am a third-year Civil Engineering major, passionate about integrating STEM in K-12 education, green building design, and construction management.

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Carlos Garcia

Corporate Relations Coordinator

First generation student and aspiring software engineer interested in creating socially responsible technology.

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Karina Camarillo

First Year Representative

I'm a first year bioengineering student from Goleta, California, interested in helping children develop a love for STEM.


Student Resources

SCU students go to this document to see the resources we have to offer. You can find a link to join our GroupMe, a list of exclusive career and scholarship opportunities, and more.


Whether you're looking for help from upperclassmen, alumni, or SHPE professionals, we got you.

Financial Aid

School is a great expense, and we understand the financial stress it causes. We made a list of scholarships that could possibly help.


In addition to informing you of a variety of networking events some of which we host exclusively, we will help you prepare your resume, elevator pitch, anything you need to get out there and be a rockstar candidate.

Sponsor Resources

We take pride in actively working with our sponsors for scholarships, events, and more!

See our sponsorship packet that gives information about the kinds of sponsorships with which your company can provide us. We hope you consider sponsoring us and helping us push forward our mission of helping Hispanics in STEM at SCU.

Click here to upload your filled out sponsorship form.

For more information and inquiries, contact our corporate relations director at

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Chapter Sponsors

Our chapter appreciates our sponsors for working with us to support Hispanics in STEM!

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