49er SHPE Members Compete at National Conference

Date Published: 
November 30, 2016

Members of UNC Charlotte’s student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) recently attended the National Conference in Seattle, Washington, where they participated in and won several competitions.

The SHPE Conference was held Nov. 2-6. The conference is the largest technical and career conference for Hispanics and Latinos in the country. Each year, the SHPE Conference attracts more than 5,000 engineering professionals, students and corporate representatives.

All of the students got valuable experiences from learning "How to say yes to your career" by networking with professionals in all types of engineering fields. Students were able to interact with representatives from companies such as Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Nissan, John Deer, HNTB, Verizon, Intel, Chevron, P&G and Ford Motors.

UNC Charlotte Electrical Engineering senior Thiara Ortiz participated in the Nissan Design Challenge (NDC). The NDC is a competition where only 24 extraordinary SHPE student members are selected and split into eight teams to tackle a design challenge over a span of four days. Ortiz along with her teammates won the $10,000 First Place Prize!

Alexander Pineda, a sophomore in Civil Engineering, was selected to participate in the Extreme Engineering competition. Extreme Engineering is a non-stop 24-hr competition interview and potential foot in the door to some of the leading engineering companies in the nation. Only the top talent is chosen to crack the code to this challenge!