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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers to Host Regional Student Leadership Conference

WHAT: The NJIT student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) will host the society’s Regional Student Leadership Conference. The conference offers student leaders from SHPE chapters in the northeast a chance to meet and share knowledge. Some 250 Hispanic students from 45 colleges will attend. The conference will teach the students how to better manage their chapters as well as develop their business leadership skills. The conference will feature team projects, workshops, networking and leadership meetings.

WHO: Two keynote speakers: Maria Hernandez, director of Business Resiliency and Security Solutions at IBM Corp., is will speak during the conference luncheon. Hernandez is a leader and role model at IBM for her management, technical expertise, and her involvement with IBM’s Latino community. Liz Garcia, public affairs manager for Infineum who is also a member of the NJIT Board of Trustees, will speak during the gala banquet. Garcia, who was born in Cuba, is responsible for the development of Infineum’s government, community and media relations programs.

WHEN: Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hernandez speaks at noon, and Garcia speaks at 8 p.m.

WHERE: The campus center and ballroom on the NJIT campus.

BACKGROUND: The NJIT student chapter of the SHPE is the second largest chapter in the nation, and among the most active. The national organization, known as the Hispanic Organization of Students in Technology/Society of Professional Engineers (HOST/SHPE) works to increase the number of Hispanic engineers and scientists in America, enhancing their career opportunities in technical professions, promote their upward mobility in management and professional capacities, and promote the economic and educational progress of the Hispanic community. For a full listing of conference events, visit the group’s website at www.hostshpe.org.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.