About Us

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers – Puget Sound Chapter (SHPE PSC) is a WA State 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization.  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.

In Seattle, WA the organization was incorporated in 1986 by the three initial serving Board of Directors compose of Mr. Frank R. Sánchez (President), Mr. Victor Elizondo (VP), and Mr. José R. Bolaños (Treasurer & Legal Representative) who incorporated the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Puget Sound Chapter.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is SHPE Puget Sound?

It is a community oriented organization which promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics and is open to anyone who believes in its mission.

Is SHPE Puget Sound a non-profit organization?

Yes, it is a Washington State 501c3 Non-Profit organization in good standing. It is also an organization, which promotes transparent decision-making and good governance.

Who makes the Board of Directors?

The leadership is an All Volunteer Board of Directors composed of professionals of different fields.

What’s the size of your membership and student chapters?

There are 163+ Members in the Puget Sound Chapter, plus the student members at University of Washington and Seattle University.

Which groups support SHPE Puget Sound financially?

The organization relies on membership dues and donations, which include corporate gift matching by companies like Boeing and Microsoft.

How many events do you have each year?

The number of events varies per year. There are 4 General Meetings, Monthly Leadership Meetings, 3-4 k-12 Outreach Events, 1-2 Networking Events & Multiple Presentations hosted by student chapters at University of Washington and Seattle University. We expect this number to increase given a very positive increase in our membership this year.

How do you recognize the participation of volunteers and leaders?

The Chapter Awards Program recognizes the talent of volunteers and leaders in the chapter.

Do you have activities outside the Puget Sound?

Over 50 professionals from the Puget Sound Chapter attend the SHPE National Conference each year and on occasions the chapter sets special visits to a school(s) in Eastern Washington.

Where does the chapter do its community outreach?

Community Outreach is typically organized with school administrators from local schools and occasionally in conjunction with community centers.

Who attends your networking events?

Networking events are open to the whole community, and there is typically an approximate turnout of about half university students from multiple universities and community colleges and half professional members from very diverse industries.

For more details about SHPE’s 501(c)3 status, please see:

Certificate of Existence/Authorization

IRS Nomination Part 1

IRS Nomination Part 2

Email the Board of Directors


Mailing Address:

SHPE Puget Sound

PO Box 95874

Seattle, WA 98145