Executive Board

The executive board is a collection of very motivated and committed students. We try our best to serve both our membership and our community.


Valeria Gonzalez

Valeria Gonzalez is a third year Industrial Engineering major here at RIT and has been part of SHPE since her first year. Being part of SHPE has given Valeria great satisfaction and the opportunity to meet amazing people. She is excited about this upcoming year and she is eager to share the motivation and passion she has for SHPE. She wants to achieve SHPE’s mission and vision by encouraging every member to become a leader and create awareness about this organization. She is looking forward to accomplish every goal set for our chapter and hopes all of you give us the opportunity to show you the benefits of SHPE.

Let us help you to succeed!!

Vice President

Hemsley Pichardo

Hemsley Pichardo is a third year student currently gaining both his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. He was born and raised in New York City. He has been a member of SHPE since October 2009 and this is his second year on the E-board. Hemsley sees SHPE as an instrument that will help him grow as student and as a professional and he hopes to aid his fellow students so that they can better take advantage of the opportunities offered by the organization. He is looking forward to seeing the growth of both himself and of the chapter as this year's E-board takes on a new set of challenges.

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."


Lewis Abreu

Lewis Abreu is entering his third year as an Electrical/Mechanical Engineering student. Lewis was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to New York City at the age of six. Growing up Lewis has always been passionate about technology. Technology is always improving and constantly changing which ensures there will always be a need for engineers. Lewis joined SHPE because of their efforts to increase the number of Hispanics in STEM careers. Since becoming a member of SHPE in 2009, Lewis has seen SHPE as the best path for a successful career in STEM fields for Hispanics. As the treasurer, Lewis plans to increase memberships and involvement of SHPE at RIT.

"If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress”


Margurita Rincon

Margurita Rincon is a second year Mechanical Engineer at RIT. She was SHPE's Freshmen Representative in 2010 and continues to help SHPE achieve all of their chapter goals this year. Being a part of SHPE has allowed Margurita to really show her dedication to not only surpass all expectations in her career, but also help others get every opportunity they can to excel in everything they do. This upcoming year she wants to bring more awareness to SHPE so that no one misses out on a great opportunity to meet amazing people and make those important connections with employers. SHPE has an amazing foundation to help students reach their full potential and is a great benefit to anyone wanting to be a prominent figure in their career or someone just wanting to create that network of people that will always be there to help and support you.

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." — Maya Angelou


Erika Correa

Erika Correa is a third year Industrial and Systems Engineer, born and raised in the Bronx. She has been a member of SHPE since September 2009, and this is her second E-board position. She has realized that SHPE is a place where Hispanic engineers can come together and help one another succeed. She hopes to let everyone know what kind of organization SHPE is on- and off-campus. Erika plans on doing this by educating the youth, especially those who plan on entering college and pursuing an undergraduate engineering degree.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."

Community Service Chair

Hector Terrero

Hector Terrero is a second year civil engineering technology student. Hector is 19 years old, and from the Dominican Republic. He loves math, especially calculus and can serve as a tutor for Calculus I and II. Along with Community Service Chair, Hector serves the RIT community as the social director for ACA (AALANA Collegiate Association) and in charge of public relations for LASA.

"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes."

Technical Chair

Jayro Ovalle

Jayro Ovalle is a first generation, 2nd year BS Information Technology student from Norwalk, Connecticut. Jayro is Dominican-American, with Spanish descent. Forever passionate about technology, Jayro has served his hometown community as a computer technician and a computing tutor since he was 13. He joined SHPE at the start of his freshman year (2010) and now begins his second year as the Technical Chair of SHPE and the Treasurer of LASA. SHPE to Jayro is the master key to the doors of success. SHPE will allow Jayro to brighten his presence on campus while admitting himself to a learning experience like no other. Jayro hopes to climb up the Executive Board as time progresses with interests in joining more organizations to further expand his reach on campus.

God gave you a body that can withstand almost anything, it is your mind you have to convince — Unknown

Faculty Advisor

Rohan G. Palma

Mr. Palma is our new faculty advisor taking over for our previous advisor, Dr. Varela. He is currently the Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Northstar Center, here at RIT. He is also college liaison for the College of Engineering and the college of science. Mr. Palma has been known to be a large contributor to minority success here at RIT. His dedication to student success and faculty position make him a good asset to SHPE.

Ability is what you're capable of doing. — A. Bility