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Become an elected SHPE Leader

Ask not what your SHPE familia can do for you – ask what you can do for your SHPE familia! Join the leadership team and make an impact at the highest levels of the organization. Your resume will thank you too!

Seize the Moment

If you want to be in a position that cultivates leadership skills, encourages ownership, and presents invaluable networking opportunities, now is your chance to take a leadership role at SHPE.

Every spring, SHPE holds a nationwide election to determine the new, volunteer members of the National Board of Directors (NBOD) and the regional leadership. The NBOD creates the vision and manages the organization’s strategy while the regional leadership supports staff with operations like guiding the chapters. Do not hesitate to become a candidate in this year’s elections!

Opportunities

The NBOD has three professional positions that are filled via election. Professional positions are staggered in the following pattern, to preserve continuity.

In odd-numbered years (2021, 2023, etc.), the following positions open for office:

  • Two National Board Of Directors members
  • Regional Vice Presidents for Regions 1, 3, 5, and 7

In even-numbered years (2020, 2022, etc), the following positions open for office:

  • One National Board Of Directors member
  • Regional Vice Presidents for Regions 2, 4, and 6

The above professional positions have two-year terms which begin on July 1st.

Every year, three student members are elected to the NBOD:

  • Two National Board of Directors members – Undergraduate
  • One National Board of Directors members – Graduate

Every year, fourteen student positions are open at a regional level:

  • Seven Regional Graduate Representatives
  • Seven Regional Student Representatives

The above student positions have one-year terms which begin on July 1st.

The sole purpose of the regional leadership is to support, at the local level, the operationalization of SHPE’s mission and purpose. Each region’s leadership shall be made up of, at a minimum, the following four positions. Any additional positions are at the discretion of the Regional Vice President.

The Regional Leadership Team provides proactive leadership coaching to chapters and membership including SHPE leadership. Coaching, mentoring, and support are essential to maintaining and growing healthy chapters and members. 

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS (RVP)

  • Represent the professional membership and lead the regional team for their respective region
  • Communicate business to the region’s professional chapters and communicate business from them to the regional team and the member representative to the SHPE staff

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REGIONAL GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE (RGR)

  • Represent the region’s graduate student membership
  • Communicate business to the regional student chapters and communicate business from them to the student assembly and regional team

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REGIONAL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE (RSR)

  • Represent the region’s undergraduate student membership
  • Communicate business to the regional student chapters and communicate business from them to the student assembly and regional team

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REGIONAL JUNIOR REPRESENTATIVE (RJR)

  • Be a STEM professional or educator and will represent the junior membership within a region
  • Communicate business to the junior chapter advisors
  • Work with the Regional team and communicate with the Regional Vice President

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Professional Nominees

Graduate Student Nominees

Undergraduate Student Nominees

Nominee Eligibility

To vote you must be a current member by February 15. And to be eligible for an elected position you must be a current member by March 15. So renew now if your membership is expired or set to expire on or before May 15

Whatever member category you are (ex. student, graduate, professional) on February 15 determines the positions you’re eligible for and the voting rights you have. If your status has changed since you joined, please be sure to make that update when you renew. Or you can email [email protected] to assign the correct member category.

Lifetime Members

If you’re a lifetime member and your membership category has changed (ex. student to graduate, graduate to professional, or student to professional), please email [email protected] before February 15 to update your profile and associated voting privileges.

Professional Nominees

Graduate Nominees

Undergraduate Nominees

Elections Timeline

February 15: The membership payment is due to be eligible to nominate, vote or run for office.

March 15: Nominations submittal deadline at 11:59 pm PDT

April 5: Candidates may begin campaigning

April 10: Ballots go out and voting begins at 12:01 am PDT

April 30: Voting concludes at 12:01 am PDT

May 16: Election Results Announced

2024 Election Winners

Congratulations to all of the newly elected SHPE representatives! And thank you to everyone who made the effort to run and took the time to vote.

You will see below that there were several races where the candidates did not meet the requirements to win. In accordance with SHPE Bylaws and National Elections Policy, winners are those who meet these requirements:

  1. Must receive the most votes, and,
  2. Must receive 5% or more of the eligible votes for their race.

Any races not meeting these requirements or ending in a tie are declared invalid and the position will remain vacant until filled through appointment by the National Board of Directors.

Races that ended without any nominees (marked as “VACANT” below) will also be filled through appointment by the Board.

National Board of Directors: Professional

Natalie Davila-Rendon is a Systems Engineer Sr. Staff at Lockheed Martin – Space. She has a technical background in Electrical and Systems Engineering with a wide range of experience in the engineering field which includes test equipment, operations, sustainment and systems engineering.  

She has a diverse cultural background with her family being from Colombia and Puerto Rico. She brings to the table a different perspective of the world, enjoys dancing, travel and working with a diverse team. 

Her interest in professional development led her to volunteer in several leadership positions for professional organizations. Those organizations include Toastmasters, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is also a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). 

She volunteered for SHPE in different roles including student chapter President at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, professional chapter President of the SHPE Southern Arizona Professional Chapter and 2021 National Convention committee as the Professionals in STEM Co-Chair. She is currently a SHPE lifetime member and a SHPE Board of Directors Member. During her term on the Board of Directors from 2022 – 2024 she has served in the Audit, Finance and the Investment committees. She has engaged with IPC members and SHPE members all around the country.  

She is running for a second term as Board of Directors member to advocate for Students and Professionals members by driving the strategy of the future of SHPE.

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National Board of Directors: Graduate

No candidate met the requirements to win; therefore, the position remains vacant until filled with a Board-approved appointee.

National Board of Directors: Undergraduate

Hi! I’m Giselle Martinez, a fourth year Civil Engineering major at the University of California, Merced. As a first-generation Latina, attending the youngest University of California campus and pioneering the newest major at UC Merced, SHPE has served as a platform for me to progress my academic and career goals. Starting my higher education during the pandemic posed a lot of obstacles. The college workload was overwhelming to say the least. When joining SHPE, I found a community of bright individuals who had the same ambitious career and life goals. I have served on my chapters board as the Manito’s Director, where I raised over $1,200 for the program. As the Director, I was passionate about upholding the Familia values, where new members could feel welcomed and supported. I have worked vigorously to ensure that our culture continues to grow and is passed down through every incoming class of diligent Latinos in STEM. Through my experiences and knowledge, I try to share my wealth and wisdom with all of my Familia. As I wrap up my final few semesters as an undergraduate, I would love to be able to reflect the UC Merced SHPE Familia culture to the rest of our national chapters. 

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Hello y’all! My name is Jorge Moreno-Acosta, and I am a fourth-year Chemical Engineering student at the University of Texas at Austin. I’ve lived in a few places, including Mexico, but I consider San Antonio my hometown. I am a proud first-generation Mexican-American student who has navigated and learned from the challenges accompanying college and the start of my professional career. As the only one in my family to have decided to pursue higher education, it was difficult to know what I wanted to do after high school without the proper guidance. Nevertheless, with the love and support of my family and friends, I’ve made since high school and throughout college, I grew and learned from myself, and all thanks to those around me who have given me hope in shared experiences and showed me new paths with new experiences, the future seems a bit clearer. 

I would consider myself an ambitious and charismatic person who loves to learn from others’ ideas and experiences. Despite the rough start in college during COVID, I have been an active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) student organization since 2020 and once was the UT-SHPE Leadership Director where I led recruitment initiatives and oversaw the mentorship program. I have also attended three national and one regional SHPE conferences throughout college. In addition, I have worked for my university’s Engineering Student Services by providing guidance as a student advisor and had the great opportunity to intern with Dow Chemical, Bank of America, and this upcoming summer with Accenture. 

Based on all my experiences, I have found my passion to revolve around people, specifically helping others who need that extra support. SHPE has helped me find a community of all who share that same goal and day by day make the change that will pave the path for the future of STEM. 

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Region 1

Region 2

Marlyn Diaz is a first-generation, Latina Space Vehicle Engineer at The Aerospace Corporation. She attended community college, graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and recently completed her Master’s in Aerospace Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Serving as the SHPE Orange County-Inland Empire Professional Chapter President and the 2024 Speaker Coordinator for the International Latina Engineer Week (ILEW) Conference, she has used her platform to share her devotion to STEM and diversity inclusion efforts with everyone. Marlyn joined SHPE and saw a welcoming environment that allowed its members to grow, make mistakes, and flourish and continues to create that safe space for the community. Since joining, she has been heavily involved as a Professional helping merge the Orange County and Inland Empire Professional Chapters and participated in events throughout Region 2. 

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No candidate met the requirements to win; therefore, the position remains vacant until filled with a Board-approved appointee.

Region 3

Race ended in a tie; therefore, the position remains vacant until filled with a Board-approved appointee.

Region 4

Anthony Jara is a native New Yorker growing up in the immigrant neighborhood of Washington Heights. Growing up in a city where the sky is the limit and of constant change, he became interested in Civil Engineering as a career. While studying for his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, he learned that what engineers mainly do for society is solve problems. 

As an undergraduate student, Anthony was also a member of several engineering & professional organizations such as the ASCE & NSPE. Anthony not only took on a leadership role on his chapter’s executive board, but also later on become both Regional Student Representative and also on the NBOD. 

Upon graduation from Manhattan College, Anthony then joined the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) through their internship program and became a Project Engineer. Through his role as a Project Engineer, he has worked with community members and government agencies at the federal, state and local level in delivering a good quality project. While being a part of the SHPE Familia, Anthony has believed in the concept of good customer service and enhancing the greater SHPE network. Good customer service comes from listening to the needs of those who you work for and partner with as well as communicating effectively. Anthony believes the Region 4 Familia has the capacity to lead the organization to its next evolution of providing for the needs for its members at both undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. This belief comes from working with SHPE chapters and other affinity organizations in enhancing the network which greater meets the SHPE Familia mission. Anthony intends to provide avenues for the Region 4 organization to enhance its greatest abilities but to also allow outside-the-box ideas to provide for the needs of its members. 

My name is Nazirah, and I am a second-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Virginia. My journey in advocating for underrepresented groups in STEM, particularly Hispanic students like myself, began during my undergraduate career in which I was deeply involved in various initiatives aimed at fostering diversity and inclusion in engineering. 

I worked at the Center for Diversity in Engineering, gaining valuable experience in supporting underrepresented students. I have worked in the chapter, regional and national level for SHPE. During my undergraduate career I was on the Executive Board for the UVA SHPE chapter as external Vice-President, held a regional position as Regional Marketing Director, Mid-Atlantic sub-RSR, and I contributed to planning committees for RLDC4&6. 

In the past two academic years, I have been an active member of the Regional Graduate Leadership Committee 4 (RGLC4), the National Graduate Committee (NGC), and have helped in the planning of the graduate track for the 2023 national convention. My experiences have highlighted the unique challenges faced by graduate students, particularly the need for tailored support systems. 

Building upon the impactful work of past RGRs, such as the creation of RGLC4 and community-building events, I aim to expand our reach and strengthen connections across Region 4 and beyond. My vision includes advocating for SHPE chapters in institutions lacking representation, facilitating networking opportunities, and organizing informative sessions on topics like maintaining healthy advisor relationships and peer reviews for research papers.  

Additionally, I intend to incorporate celebrations like Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, and Women’s History Month into our region’s calendar, recognizing the importance of honoring diversity. Through collaborative efforts and a shared commitment to inclusivity, I believe we can continue to make a meaningful impact. Thank you for considering my candidacy. 

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Region 5

Region 6

No candidate met the requirements to win; therefore, the position remains vacant until filled with a Board-approved appointee.

My name is Amina Estrella Torres. I am currently a junior at Central Michigan University studying environmental engineering. I am very passionate about the environment and finding new ways to help preserve it. I am also quite involved on campus with the other Hispanic clubs and with our Center of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a Multicultural Advancement Scholar. I am also involved in the engineering department by helping with recruiting efforts.  

 I am extremely passionate about SHPE! I have been involved with SHPE since my freshman year of college and have been on the eboard for the last two years. I have been the treasurer and this year I am the president of my chapter. I’m very passionate when it comes to this organization because SHPE means so much to me and I aspire to be a great leader and have much success while doing so! SHPE has given me so much over the past three years. I was able to meet new friends, learn more about my major, reconnect with my culture, network with others, and have a place to feel safe and understood. I want to be able to bring more of that to campus across Region Six. SHPE is one of the elements in my life that makes me who I am today, but it’s not the only one.  

My family is so important to me and has helped me get to where I am today. My parents are immigrants and growing up in Detroit, they did not get the best education, but they worked so hard to be able to send my sister and I to college and they are my biggest supports! They have instilled the values of hard work and kindness into me. My mom has always told me to “lift as you climb”, meaning as I grow and move on to new things, to not forget about the people who have helped me get there and make sure I keep them and others who are struggling in mind and help them when I can. This phrase is always in the back of my mind and I use the values that come with it to help me be a better leader and be able to serve others who may not be able to help themselves. I want to be able to move up in the SHPE world and use this position as a way to help chapters who are struggling and provide them with the necessary guidance. 

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Region 7

Andrea Godoy is a junior studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela, moved to the United States at age nine, and is a first-generation college student. Andrea is interested in creating and working on new technologies that aid in the betterment of our health services and advocating for better STEM programs and opportunities for fellow Hispanic and women engineers. 

Throughout her academic journey, Andrea has been fortunate enough to become immersed in SHPE culture, participating in and benefitting from various SHPE opportunities. Andrea is involved in leadership positions within her SHPE chapter, where she is Vice President of External Affairs. Andrea has been awarded a ScholarSHPE for the 2023 – 2024 academic year; she was selected to be a part of the InternSHPE program with Medtronic the summer after her sophomore year as a Research & Technology intern, also gaining a Medtronic mentor through the MentorSHPE program. Andrea has also passionately participated and volunteered within SHPE National at various lengths, including volunteering for the Equipando Padres Academy program and leading an Equipando Padres University Spanish-speaking session representing the University of Miami. At a local level, Andrea passionately leads her External Affairs team at her SHPE chapter, where she has successfully hosted information sessions with various industry leaders like Medtronic, where they highlighted their InternSHPE program, NextEra Energy, Florida Power & Light, Arthrex, and Kimley-Horn, connecting over 150 SHPE members to recruiters and professionals in various engineering disciplines.  

Her experience and knowledge earned through SHPE opportunities and resources have allowed her the great honor of representing SHPE members at the White House for SHPE’s Policy Briefing on Building the Next Generation of Hispanic Leaders in STEM. She will also join the SHPE members participating in SHPE’s monumental Hill Day in Congress.