For the third year in a row, the Rice chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) has been named National Small Chapter of the Year.
The award goes annually to a student chapter with fewer than 25 members that “demonstrates excellence in professional and academic development and excels in serving the community.” Fourteen members of the Rice chapter attended the SHPE National Conference held Nov. 2-6 in Seattle, and received the award.
“We’re a well-rounded group. We do a lot of outreach with Houston high schools, a lot of professional development and academic development, said Alejandro Akerlundh, a junior in chemical and biomolecular engineering and president of SHPE’s Rice chapter.
Four Rice students attending the conference accepted internships with GE Aviation, Chevron, Johnson and Johnson and Goldman Sachs. Ivan Tapia, a junior in mechanical engineering, took second place in a national design competition hosted by Nissan, and was awarded a prize of $5,000.
SHPE was founded in 1974 and has more than 60 professional and 230 student chapters in the U.S. At Rice, the predecessor to SHP, the Mexican American Engineers and Scientists, was founded in 1989. The name was changed in 2006.