MAES: Latinos in Science and Engineering

The student chapter of MAES: Latinos in Science and Engineering at the University of Houston has been in existence for 36 years and counting. In the past three decades, the chapter has flourished under the watchful eyes of dedicated and talented students and has become one of the leading student organizations in the Houston area.

MAES: Latinos in Science and Engineering was founded in 1974 as The Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields. The idea to establish a Mexican American professional society of engineers originated with Mr. Robert Von Hatten, an aerospace electronic engineer with TRW Defense Space Systems in Redondo Beach, California in early 1974. By then, he had already spent several years as a company volunteer involved with programs directed at stemming the high dropout problem in East Los Angeles and the south bay area high schools. He envisioned a