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Posted by admin on 2011/8/31 4:57:23 (1208 reads)

Great networking meeting @ Ethicon Endo-Surgery. 

Rob Sackett, VP of Franchise Operations Development, shared personal and professional experiences from his life. The following Q&A lasted almost 30 minutes, with very engaging discussion.

The SHPE Cincinnati Board reported on the current status of our activities and our plans for the next several months.

We would like to thank everybody who attended the meeting, and express our gratitude to Ethicon for their wonderful hospitality. 

More pictures are in our Photo Gallery and on Facebook





Posted by admin on 2011/8/25 14:20:00 (1368 reads)

The SHPE Cincinnati Professional Chapter would like to invite you to our All Members Meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 5 - 7 PM at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, located at 4545 Creek Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (in Blue Ash).   

The Keynote Speaker is Rob Sackett, VP of Franchise Operations Development, Ethicon Endo-Surgery.

The preliminary agenda:

- Welcome & intro of new members and EBOD
- Chapter initiatives review and volunteers needs by each leader
- Introduction to Robotics Club @ AMIS
- Preliminary 2011/12 Event Schedule (Local, national, etc.) 

Refreshments and Appetizers will be provided 

We are very excited about the meeting and we hope, you'll join us.


Please RSVP your participation todayclick here

Posted by admin on 2011/7/5 12:20:00 (5796 reads)

Last week we've conducted the 2011 SHPE Cincinnati Elections.

The results are in and we are happy to present to you the 2011/2012 elected SHPE Cincinnati Board members:

Jorge Seda 



Jorge was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. He received a BSAE from Saint Louis University and a MSME from the University of Cincinnati. Jorge worked at GE Aviation for over 39 years and recently retired. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio, teaches engine design courses at GE Aviation and holds fourteen patents.
Jorge co-founded GE Aviation’s Hispanic Forum (HF), served as Cincinnati Hub leader for two years and served as GE’s national HF community services leader for three years. Under his leadership, the Cincinnati Hispanic Forum received the Top Overall Hub ('04) & Best Retain/Develop ('05) Awards from GE CEO. In addition, he led the HF national community service initiative from 2006 through 2008 to a record 36,000 volunteer hours and was 1 of 32 GE inductees into GE’s HF Wall of Fame.

VP Professional Development & Corporate Affairs 
Maria Esquibel-King


Born in Las Vegas New Mexico and oldest of 10 siblings. She attended University of New Mexico (BS in Civil/Environ Engineering) and University of Cincinnati (MS in Chemical Engineering). She has worked with GE for 10 yrs and have had various roles including Community Service Leader for the GE Cincinnati Hispanic Forum. Led a professional development networking event in 2009 that brought together over 100+ Hispanic professionals in the Cincinnati area. She is currently the Sourcing Compliance Leader.

VP Community Affairs & Student Relations 
Vanessa Diaz


Vanessa Diaz is currently a Senior IT Analyst for Johnson & Johnson. She received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Texas El Paso and continued on to receive a B.S. in Computer Science at Neumont University in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the founder of the Society of Women Engineers Student Chapter at Neumont University. Vanessa has helped to revive the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement Professional Chapter at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, currently serves as the Co-Chair, and continues to work hard on various committees and task forces, both as a team member and team leader.

Oscar Martinez


Oscar was born in Cuba and raised in Nicaragua. He received a BS in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Business from Southern Polytechnic State University located in Atlanta, Georgia. Oscar currently works for AdancePierre Foods as an Industrial Engineer/ Packaging Specialist. 
Oscar joined the SHPE family in 2008 as a student member, during the past three years; He has being part of the student board in his University, Sub-RSR for the Georgia Region and part of the SHPE Atlanta Professional Chapter in Georgia. Among other things, he is currently a leader in other organization such as Give Back Cincinnati and the Latin American Association in Atlanta, Georgia.

Administrative Officer
Carlos Bello



Born & raise in Colombia, he received a BSChE and a MSChE from USF. Active member of SHPE Chapter through college. He was recruited by P&G in 2008 at the SHPE conference in Phoenix, AR. He is currently a technical engineer for the Oral Care Business Unit at P&G.

Posted by admin on 2011/6/21 12:20:00 (1306 reads)

We have recently submitted to SHPE National Office our 2011 Mid Year Report:

In the Cover Letter, Jorge Seda, our President, stated:

The Cincinnati Professional Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is proud to present our 2nd Report under the new National Reporting Program for your review. This report highlights our 2011 goals as well as our accomplishments and challenges during the second half of the current fiscal year.

The focus for the last six months of 2010 was to support the AHETEMS goal for high school student visitation and workshops during the National Conference, market the new chapter to potential new members and supporters, and help with a Science Camp organized by Northern Kentucky University. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of Chapter members, we took 46 high school students from Cincinnati Public Schools, Lakota School and Northern Kentucky Schools to the AHETEMS pre-college program Symposium during the 2010 SHPE Conference in Cincinnati. In addition, our members supported the 2010 SHPE National Convention held in Cincinnati in October.

SHPE Cincinnati Professional chapter had a busy 2011 first half. On Feb. 17th, our chapter had its 2nd networking meeting at AMIS (Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies). Representatives from iSPACE presented their Robotics programs that we plan to use in the Robotic Clubs at local schools with high number of Hispanic students. SHPE Cincinnati selected AMIS (Cincinnati Public Schools) and Hopewell Jr. High (Lakota School District) for our initial plan to sponsor and mentor at the next iSPACE competition.

On February 19th, SHPE Cincinnati members volunteered as judges in the First Tech Robotics Final Competition at the iSPACE Center in Sharonville, Ohio. This event served as a great learning lesson for our members as they prepare to form teams for the next competition at iSPACE. In March and April, we held “Career Awareness” events for Hispanic kids at Hopewell Junior High and AMIS. The goals are to introduce students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, motivate them to go to college, and make raise awareness to available opportunities to them. It was a great experience for SHPE members that interacted with young thriving kids with lots of questions on college and STEM fields.

This year we started building K-12 outreach partnership with local school district officials and launched new members networking/recruiting meeting in order to continue building the pipeline for local Hispanic engineers and revitalize the SHPE student chapter at the University of Cincinnati.

We are driving participation in SHPE National events to further our knowledge and expand our network. Two chapter EBOD members attended the 2010 NILA Conference and another extended board member is planning on attending the 2011 NILA Conference. Several chapter members are planning on attending the 2011 National Conference in Los Angeles.

Our new professional chapter is working for the growing Hispanic community in this area of the country. Our main challenge continues to be that while there is a large Hispanic population in K-12 that can greatly benefit from SHPE programs; there is still a very limited pool of local Hispanic STEM Professionals to support all the events.

We look forward to learn from your feedback as we strive to become a more effective chapter.


Jorge F. Seda, PE
Cincinnati Professional Chapter President

You can download the Full Report here

Posted by admin on 2011/5/20 4:59:00 (1484 reads)

Issue #2 of our Newsletter is available for download:

You can download it here

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