Meet Our Familia!!!


The Latin American Engineers Student Association - the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (LAESA–SHPE) is the largest and most prominent undergraduate student organization at The City College of New York. In 1983, a group of dedicated students, to unite all Latino and other minority engineering students, share cultural ideas and promote leadership, founded LAESA within City College. In 1986, LAESA joined forces with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) to better achieve their goals and connect with a larger body of professionals. This partnership has flourished over the years and today, LAESA is a firm supporter of the SHPE core values, while remaining true to its original mission. With over 150 members, LAESA-SHPE has been able to gather motivated students from all engineering disciplines and a diverse pool of cultural backgrounds. This dynamic group of students, alongside their highly supportive alumni members, has had many achievements at The City College of New York and within the community. Some of our accomplishments are listed below:

Academic Development & Leadership Yearly Programs
  • Developing Excellence in Academics and Leadership DEAL Program since 2000
  • Information Technology Program since 1990
  • Mentorship Program since 2018
Community Outreach Programs & Events
  • Pre-College Engineering Day since 1994
  • New York Institute of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics since 2001
  • Noche de Ciencas since 2017
  • First Lego League since 2001
  • SHPE Jr. Chapters at Manhattan Bridges High School and George Washington High School since 2019
Leadership Representatives within SHPE
  • Region IV Regional Student Representative: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2018
  • Region IV Sub-Regional Student Representative: 2000, 2006, 2018, 2019


Our mission is to be the premier facilitator of student's endeavors in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics field (STEM). Also, to facilitate in other areas as well, as to help to fully develop individuals to their highest potential.


Our vision is to S.T.E.P into THE FUTURE. This can be accomplished by using four principles. They are the principles of Support, Teamwork, Excellence, and Professionalism!


  • Academic Development
  • Professional Development
  • Chapter Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Outreach