Chapter Awards and Scholarship Fundraiser Gala

Members and friends of the SHPE Puget Sound Chapter gathered on Friday, May 12 for an evening of celebration and recognition of individuals and organizations whose selfless service has significantly contributed to the advancement of the Latino Community. These individuals and organizations have frequently displayed leadership excellence and outstanding support to the mission and vision of The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in the state of Washington. Present were: Jaime Méndez (Univision Seattle), representatives from The US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, students from the University of Washington, as well as professionals from Boeing, Microsoft, and others. Over $7,000 in proceeds and donations were raised which will benefit SHPE Puget Sound Chapter’s scholarship fund.

Chapter Awards

Fundraiser Gala Image Gallery

Posted in Corporate Support, Networking Event, News

Hidden Figures – Movie Night and Networking

Join us for a movie and networking at the Expedia office.

Organized by Latinos@Expedia, ALPFA Seattle and SHPE Puget Sound Chapter.


Hidden Figures Flyer

Posted in Networking Event

Washington State Science & Engineering Fair

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair in Bremerton Mar 31-Apr 1. Consider volunteering. 

Please consider volunteering as a judge for one or both days, grades 1-6 on Friday, 7-12 on Saturday. Judging in the younger grades focuses on encouragement. For the older grades, a scientific or engineering background is helpful. There is an online signup that starts at the link below. The slogan is “You be the judge!”

Learn more on the official link:
The new judges brochure can be found here:

Posted in Community Volunteering

Anita Abrego Memorial Fund

Dear SHPE PSC members,[This is a message from our colleague Bill Fishburn, who] was President of the UW Student Chapter in 1993. Anita Abrego was a good friend and classmate. I hope you all will consider contributing to her memorial fund at UW to help future Latinas in engineering.

Anita Abrego Memorial Fund

Anita graduated from the University of Washington in 1994, though she was a member of the 1993 class of the Aeronautics and Astronautics (UWAA) Engineering program. A strong advocate for underrepresented populations, Anita was active at the UW in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).

She was a highly-recognized and awarded research scientist in the field of rotor blade dynamics. She managed wind tunnel test programs for NASA, for the U.S. Army, and for the U.S Navy, including the Tiltrotor Descent Aerodynamics test program during the development of the U.S. Navy V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor.

To honor her memory, two of her classmates from UWAA ‘93 have started a memorial student endowment fund at the University of Washington. It will target women pursuing engineering degrees, and it will be weighted toward awarding women of Native American and/or Latina descent. With a goal of making the fund a perpetual scholarship, we must raise $100,000 by January of 2018. We are asking everyone for their help with any and all sizes of contributions. We would like to remind contributors that many companies have matching programs, so if you are able to contribute, please pursue this with your employer.

You can contribute to the fund at From there, search for ‘Anita Abrego Endowed’. For questions, please contact Bill Fishburn at or Juan Carlos Varela at . Thank you for your support and contributions.

Posted in Uncategorized

Leadership Retreat 2016

Members of SHPE Puget Sound Board and Directors and Leaders gathered in Anacortes, WA.


SHPE Puget Sound Leadership Retreat (November 2016)

Outcomes: The basis for a 3-5 year plan was developed.

Posted in Community Volunteering, Conference, Networking Event, Professional Development, SHPE Volunteering

UW Womens Center

Learn about University of Washington Women’s Center

In the Programs you may volunteer as a Mentor, Tutor, host engineering workshops, Career talks,  and more.  Click Here for Mentoring page.

Show your Support at their next Fundraising Gala

The Women’s Center at the University of Washington is one of the largest University-based Women’s Centers in the nation. Our mission is to promote and advocate for gender equity and social justice on campus and in the larger community, through educational programs and services that allow all individuals to nurture an equitable, inclusive and compassionate society. Women’s rights are human rights. Below please find some highlights from of our key programs:

  • Making Connections opens doors to higher education for first generation, underrepresented youth in local high schools. The program focuses increasing college enrollment and career interests in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Students receive personalized educational support tailored to their needs including tutoring, mentoring and college readiness counseling. Over the past nine years 100% of our graduates were accepted and enrolled in college. In 2014, the Center has partnered with Girls Who Code club, offering computer science classes to our curriculum.
  • Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership addresses the imbalance of women in politics by educating college women about the importance of civic engagement and encouraging their involvement in policy making. Participants are from a wide range of socioeconomic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds and receive skill training to become effective leaders in the political arena to bridge the divide in community and political leadership.
  • Human Trafficking Research and Violence Prevention examines the root causes of human trafficking and develops strategies to work toward eliminating the trade in our community and around the globe. An ongoing, innovative Anti-trafficking Task Force continues the statewide efforts through education and policy making.
  • Re-Entry Program for Returning Students helps re-open the doors to the University by facilitating the transition for women and men who are returning to education after considerable time away.


Summary of the Center

Contact Kristen Marquez


Posted in Community Volunteering, Event, Networking Event, University Outreach

Thank you for your Contribution

On behalf of SHPE Puget Sound – Thank you for your contribution and support of our organization.

Name Amount
Guillermo Vazquez One-time $25
Not shared by donor Not shared by donor One-time $50
Pablo Veramendi One-time $200
Peter Hancock One-time $12.5
Peter Hancock One-time $12.5
Microsoft Benevity Oct. 2016 Total $300
Malu Septien Milan One-time $150.00
Malu Septien Milan One-time $225.00
Malu Septien Milan One-time $250.00
Malu Septien Milan One-time $100.00
Michael Glaros One-time $375.00
Michael Glaros One-time $375.00
Microsoft Benevity Dec. 2016 Total $1,475


Posted in Community Volunteering, Corporate Support, SHPE Volunteering