The Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists Records consist of consists of a variety of administrative files for the University of Houston chapter. Many of the papers are meeting notes and agendas. Materials are arranged thematically at the folder level without series.
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The Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists was founded in Los Angeles in 1974 to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields. The idea to establish a professional society for Mexican American engineers originated with Robert Von Hatten, an aerospace electronics engineer with TRW Defense Space Systems in Redondo Beach, California. Mr. Von Hatten had for several years served as volunteer for programs directed at combating the alarming number of high school dropouts. He envisioned a national organization that would serve as a source for role models, address of the needs of its members, and become a resource for industry and students.
The society filed incorporation papers as a nonprofit, tax exempt organization with the California Secretary of State in October 1974 and it received its charter on March 28, 1975.
Collection materials were donated by Amanda Wood in 1997. Additional Materials were donated by George Salazar in October 2017.
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Society of Mexican-American Engineers and Scientists Records, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries https://findingaids.lib.uh.edu/repositories/2/resources/380 Accessed November 14, 2019.