Exploring Exciting Careers in Earthquake Engineering, Nuclear Power, High Speed Rail, Healthcare, IT and More at SHPE Conference 2011

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There's still time to register for SHPE Conference 2011, where more than 4,000 Hispanic students, professionals and educators will gather to explore and promote exciting career opportunities in growing fields that struggle to find qualified applicants: jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM careers. The conference takes place October 26 – 30 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

There's still time to register for SHPE Conference 2011, where more than 4,000 Hispanic students, professionals and educators will gather to explore and promote exciting career opportunities in growing fields that struggle to find qualified applicants: jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM careers. The conference takes place October 26 – 30 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Corporate, industry and government officials who want to recruit the best of Hispanic engineering and technical talent will be on hand at the Anaheim Convention Center as California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez delivers the breakfast keynote address on Saturday, October 29.

Highlights of the conference include professional seminars to explore growing and emerging technical fields, a Career Expo featuring 300 top employers and universities, Graduate and Undergraduate Programs, and a Pre-College Symposium.

More than 1000 students will discover the importance of completing high school and college, as well as what college degrees will help them pursue careers in technical fields. Participants will enjoy hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math, and attend workshops on college, financial aid, SAT/ACT test prep, college selection, college admissions, and careers.
Professionals attending the conference will enjoy a variety of seminars that explore current and emerging trends in various technical fields. Topics include:

"Nuclear Energy: Safe, Clean, and Reliable" - Nuclear energy has been highly scrutinized for years. How has the recent event in Japan affected our society and in particular Nuclear Energy? What really happens inside a nuclear power plant? How is nuclear power generated? Is Nuclear Power safe? What career opportunities are there in Nuclear Power? (Presented by Exelon Nuclear)

"Earthquakes/Tsunamis" - How can Engineers help prepares us to withstand the next big one? Come learn what Earthquake Engineers, Civil Engineers and Material Engineers are doing to make structures and cities more resilient to these natural disasters. (Presented by Miyamoto International, Inc.)

“Healthcare IT: Saving Lives through Technology Innovations and Electronic Information Exchanges” - Explore current healthcare careers, as well as newly-emerging vertical markets. Healthcare IT jobs make a real difference in the lives of those whose health and well-being is affected by the products and services you will create. You never know whose life you'll save…it may be your own. (Presented by Harris Corporation)

“High Speed Rail In The United States And Around The World - Learn about true High Speed rail, the benefits it provides and what US initiatives are underway to make High Speed Rail a reality. How do US efforts compare to global initiatives? What engineering and science fields support High Speed Rail efforts? What career opportunities existing in this field? Learn how this technology will affect our travels now and in the future. (Presented by URS)

“Oil Spill: Deepwater - Lessons Learned and Path Ahead” - Review lessons learned from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, progress with the response and restoration efforts, and consider the role of future deepwater exploration and production as a part of the overall US energy security solution. (Presented by BP)

Through SHPE’s new Latina Track, senior level Latina executive can provide mentorship and grow their network, recognize new opportunities, and support each in professional development and achieving their goals. The workshops include “Latinas Empowered” and “Growing your Latina Network” presented by Intel, as well as the IBM-hosted “Empowering Latina Luncheon” and “Collaborating to Build a Smarter Planet.”

For more information and to register for the SHPE conference, visit http://conference.shpe.org/shpe2011.

About Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. Today, SHPE is the leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science. There are more than 250 student chapters and 75 professional chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit http://www.shpe.org. Follow SHPE on Facebook: SHPE2011 and Twitter: SHPE2011.

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