The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is divided into seven distinct regions, each of which holds an annual Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) in the spring.

Region 1 covers the Pacific Northwest, Central California, North Bay, South Bay, and Northern California, Nevada and Alaska. This year the Region 1 RLDC, under the theme of “Power of The Past, Force of The Future,” is being hosted by the Portland State University Chapter and the Oregon Professional Chapter.

SHPE Oregon

Romanna Flores

Romanna has been at Intel for seven years creating enterprise web and mobile solutions. For the last couple of years, she has been active in Intel’s Latino Network serving as a co-chair for Community Involvement. Romanna also serves on the board of the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers Oregon chapter, Portland Community College SE President’s Council, and Oregon MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement).

Richard Flores

Richard is a Software Engineer at Intel with lots of experience in Wireless Systems. He graduated from UC Davis (Go Aggies!) with a degree in Engineering Computer Science and a minor in Anthropology. He lives in Portland, OR and enjoys the outdoors and is passionate about running (doing at least one marathon a year). Richard also volunteers with several organizations to help create opportunities for the Latino youth to explore STEAM fields.

Nestor Quiñones

Nestor is Director of Contracts and Compliance for Lockheed Martin subsidiary LifePort, Inc., located in Woodland, WA. He is responsible for all Contracts, Legal, and Trade Compliance matters for the business. His career includes positions of similar responsibility in the aerospace and defense industry in the US and abroad. Nestor received his Law Degree from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. He lives in Vancouver, WA with his wife and twin son and daughter.


Welcome Region 1! Welcome to Portland State University, home to the Vikings, and PSU-SHPE.

Here at PSU-SHPE we have a vision of a Pacific Northwest where Hispanics and underrepresented communities are respected, successful and highly valued STEM leaders and professionals in academia and industry. Our mission is to help promote the advancement of Hispanics and other minorities in the STEM fields in order to increase diversity in these fields.