The Stevens chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) recently received national recognition for a case study that members presented at SHPE’s annual leadership training convention, the National Institute for Leadership Advancement (NILA), held from Aug. 1-5, 2012. SHPE is a national organization of professional engineers which empowers the Hispanic community to become leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers and impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.
Stevens SHPE Chapter President Bryan Vianco, a Mechanical Engineering major, represented the chapter at NILA after receiving a scholarship from Procter & Gamble to attend the Denver, Colo. event. He presented the chapter’s programming ideas for promoting academic excellence in a case study competition, placing third overall among more than 120 students from colleges and universities across the nation.
“The objective of this case study was to identify at least one major academic program or event that SHPE should provide to its undergraduate members to help them succeed academically,” said Sylvana Azana, a Civil Engineering major who was recently selected to serve as SHPE’s Region 4 student representative, representing almost 100 undergraduate, junior high and professional chapters from Massachusetts to Puerto Rico.
Vianco and his team devised SHPE Savior, a study session for members during the midterm and finals period. SHPE Savior brings together members twice per semester in four to six hour blocks to develop study plans, gain access to tutors and other academic resources and participate in stress-relieving games and activities. Its goal is for all SHPE members to achieve at least a 3.0 grade point average by the end of each semester.
“SHPE Savior develops a balance between academics and leadership, and gives participants a substantial amount of academic resources,” said Azana. “It can also help increase retention or attract non-SHPE members to the group, as the members receive great benefits and continue to support it.”
Learn more about Stevens SHPE chapter at http://www.stevens.edu/shpe/.