Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Announce Elected National Board of
INDUSTRY, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/05/13 -- The Society of Hispanic
Professional Engineers (SHPE) announced today the 2013 National Board
of Directors. The two-year terms of the newly elected board members
will begin July 1st.
SHPE members elected Barry Cordero to the position of President and
Yuliana Porras as Vice President of the National Board.
Cordero, a Principal Project Engineer at Medtronic, is currently
finishing his term as SHPE National Vice President. During his term
as VP, he assisted with reshaping SHPE's vision and mission and
helped established SHPE's first strategic plan in many years. He also
served as SHPE Region 6 Vice President in 2010. From 2009-2010
Cordero served as the professional development chair for SHPE and
helped transform the "Management Growth Training" program from a
purely soft skills event to a focused certification program.
"As we approach our organization's 40th anniversary, we should be
proud of the accomplishments we've obtained and the organization
we've become but I do not believe we have yet reached our fullest
potential," said Cordero. "We must work together as one organization
focused on achieving our vision statement through execution of our
mission. I am fully prepared to work hand in hand with our CEO, Pilar
Montoya, SHPE staff, committees, sponsors and our inspirational
members to serve our community and make the difficult decisions
necessary to embrace our fullest potential."
Yuliana Porras is a Chemical Engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation
and a lifetime member of SHPE. She has held various leadership
positions within the organization at all levels as a student and
professional as well as on the National Board of Directors. Her major
accomplishment as a student leader on the board was to establish a
national award to recognize the future student leaders of the
organization. As a professional leader she created the structure and
process to effectively train the incoming regional and national
leaders and was instrumental in the creation of the Regional
Leadership Development Conferences held every year at each of SHPE's
Four members have been elected to Region Vice President. They are:
-- Maria Reyes, Region 1. Reyes is a Production Engineer at Occidental
Petroleum Corporation and a Lifetime Member of SHPE. She is concluding
her term as Vice President of K-12 Development for the SHPE -
Bakersfield Professional Chapter. She helped establish SHPE -
Bakersfield in 2007 and worked with local high schools to create two
SHPE Jr. Chapters in 2011.
-- Saul Solis, Region 3. Solis, a Staff Consultant at Impac Services,
joins the NBOD after holding officer positions at the Boise State
University student chapter and the Treasure Valley professional
chapter. Saul was the Professional Chair for RLDC in 2012 for Region 3
and helped make it very successful.
-- Naomi Hernandez, Region 5. Hernandez, a Quality Program Engineer at
Bell Helicopter, first became involved in SHPE nine years ago as a
university student at Southern Methodist University where she
completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Since then she has
been an active member serving on various local, regional, and national
SHPE committees including the SHPE DFW Conference, RLDC 5, and NILA.
-- Jay Flores, Region 7. Flores, an Associate Account Manager at Rockwell
Automation, is excited to make his return to the SHPE National Board
of Directors. In 2009 at the young age of 19 Flores was nominated to
serve as the SHPE Vice National Undergraduate Representative. He was
then elected National Undergraduate Representative by the membership
two years in a row. In his three years of service, Flores feels that
his role in reshaping SHPE's mission and vision are his proudest
legacies. Flores hopes to use his background as a Rockwell Automation
sales engineer to help build key relationships with supporters to help
amplify the efforts to change lives and empower the Hispanic
communities of the southeast.
"SHPE is on a powerful trajectory," said Pilar Montoya, SHPE CEO. "Our
newly elected national board of directors will have an opportunity to
contribute to a mission that truly touches lives. We thank all of
these individuals for taking a leadership role and making SHPE a
phenomenal organization. I look forward to the increased impact we
will create collectively."
For a complete list of this year's elected board members, click here
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was
founded in Los Angeles, California in 1974 by a group of engineers
employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a
national organization of professional engineers to serve as role
models in the Hispanic community. Today, the company'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
technical conference it the nation. For more information, visit
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