SHPE Chapter President Attends NILA Conference; Earns Second Place in App Contest

Juntos app development team

Earlier this month, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) held its 30th annual National Institute for Leadership Advancement (NILA) conference in Plano, Texas. Among the more than 175 attendees was UCR’s SHPE Chapter President Pablo Hernandez, whose team received a second place win out of 27 groups at the conference for an app development competition.

The app called “Juntos,” which translates to “together,” fosters an inclusive group culture, supports a chapter’s goals, and provides easy access to organization information to improve member retention. The app’s simple rewards-based platform is designed to encourage members to attend events and share SHPE news with friends while earning points toward SHPE merchandise or discount offers from businesses and sponsors.

NILA is SHPE’s premier leadership training program for newly elected chapter executive board members that allows participants to work on case studies to solve real life issues, learn leadership skills and become inspired by role models and STEM leaders. The four-day conference features dozens of workshops, case studies, roundtable programs and networking opportunities.

“This conference is the greatest tool for any student who wants to develop themselves as a person and a leader,” said Hernandez. “The inspiring speakers helped me remember the true reason I joined SHPE and why I chose engineering.”

Hernandez is the president of the UCR SHPE chapter, an organization focused on enhancing and achieving the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science. SHPE is one of 24 professional organizations at the Bourns College of Engineering.

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