June 2015 Networking Mixer

Greetings & Salutations!

Just kidding! That’s a little too formal. Let’s try that again…

How’s it going amigo/amiga? We hope you’re having a great year!

As we close down our own 2014-2015 SHPE Fiscal Year, we want to invite you to our June Networking Mixer next Friday, June 26th at The Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. For those of you that are in the mood for dancing, we’ll hit up Burbank Bar & Grill after for some dancing ($5 cover).

If you’d like to get there early you can join some of our members between 4pm and 7pm for Happy Hour.

Our Program is scheduled to start at 7:30pm and will consist of outgoing board member recognition and the installation of the new board members.

The Castaway Restaurant is Located at:

1250 E Harvard Rd.
Burbank, CA 91501

Look for us in the outside balcony (picture below).


March 2015 General Body Meeting

March 2015 Speakers

March is National Women’s History Month. Every year the National Women’s History Project selects a unifying theme to be shared with all who want to promote women’s history.

This year’s theme presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric of our nation’s history. Accounts of the lives of individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing women’s achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish today.

To celebrate that, we’ll be presenting two very successful Latinas and long time SHPE members, Diana Gomez & Martha Garcia.

Diana Gomez

Diana is the Central Valley Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority and has close to 25 years of experience in California transportation garnering wide experience in technical, managerial and communication areas. Most recently she was the Deputy Director of Operations for Caltrans District 7, which covers Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in Southern California.

During her tenure at Caltrans, Diana was also Chief of the Office of System Management Operations, Headquarters Division of Traffic Operations and a Senior Traffic Engineer with the Division of Traffic Operations for Caltrans District 6, headquartered in Fresno.

At Caltrans, Diana was involved in the implementation of QuickMap, which displays statewide traffic information, TMCal statewide software tool to track all activities associated with responding to incidents, and the consolidation of permit offices and reorganization of the Division of Traffic Operations in Los Angeles.

Martha Garcia

Martha is an Engineering Services Manager for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). She has worked in the energy industry for the past 24 years since she graduated from CSUN.

Martha has held various positions within SoCalGas including Account Executive Supervisor, Training Supervisor and Intern Supervisor and many others. She obtained her Engineering degree from Cal State Northridge and her MBA from University of Laverne.

While at CSUN, Martha was very involved with SHPE and participated extensively in the planning of the Young Latina Forum. She has been volunteering with Comision Femenil de San Fernando Valley since 1999 and has held many positions including Co-President, and Co-Treasurer.

As usual, coffee and pan dulce will be served.

Date: Thursday, March 19

Start Time: 6:45pm

End Time: 8:30pm.

Pacoima City Hall (2nd Floor Conference Room)
13520 Van Nuys Blvd,
Pacoima, CA 91331

Complimentary Underground


Spare Parts Movie

Spare Parts Movie

If you haven’t seen the movie Spare Parts yet, join us and let’s watch it together!

Friday Night, February 6th @ 6:50pm.

Regency Van Nuys Plant 16
7876 Van Nuys Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA. 91402

Tickets will be purchased onsite.
Regular $10.25
Students (w/ID) $9.00

You can RSVP via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/906303079401556/

If you’re not familiar with the movie, here’s a synopsis:

Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT.

We hope to see you there!

January 2015 General Body Meeting

January 2015 General Body Meeting

January 2015 General Body Meeting

We would like to invite you to our first General Body Meeting for 2015 – Thursday, January 22nd @ 6:45pm at Pacoima City Hall.

We have packed agenda and we’ll be kicking the year off by sharing some of our wins from the past 6 months and our plans for the next 6 months.

Bring yourself, bring a friend, bring a fellow engineer!

The Address is 13520 Van Nuys Boulevard, Pacoima, CA 91331. We’ll be holding our meeting on the small conference room in the ground floor.

As always…

  • There is FREE secure parking located underground
  • We’ll have FREE pan dulce and coffee
  • We’ll also be raffling off a couple of gift cards.

Here is the agenda for the night:

  • 6:45 – Light Networking & Pan Dulce/Coffee
  • 7:00 – Intro & Agenda
  • 7:05 – Ice Breaker
  • 7:15 – Financial Report
  • 7:20 – Jul-Dec 2014 Highlights (NRP)
  • 7:30 – Events for Q3 (Jan-Mar)
    • Spare Parts movie?
    • February GBM
    • March GBM
    • eWeek
    • RLDC 2
  • 7:40 – Other Announcements
    • Strategic Goals
    • SHPE Jr. Chapters
    • First official scholarship
  • 7:45 – Calls for Committees & Members
  • 7:50 – Open Forum
  • 7:55 – Wrap up & Adjournment
  • 8:00 – Post Event Networking

We hope to see you there!