SOLE was founded in 1972 and originally named Stanford Society of Chicano and Latino Engineers and Scientists (SSCLES). It started as an organization dedicated to tutor and train students majoring in engineering and other sciences. Throughout the years, SOLE has undergone immense transformations, with one of the most important becoming part of the national Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

Today, SOLE continues to promote the four pillars on which the society was founded: Academics, Professionalism, Familia, and Outreach. It is with these pillars that SOLE has been able to successfully establish itself as the only Latino student organization on campus dedicated to encouraging and aiding undergraduate Latino students in pursuing engineering and science degrees.

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MAES was founded in Los Angeles in 1974 to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and technical 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.

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The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is the leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science. SHPE was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. As stated in its mission, "SHPE is the Source for Quality Hispanic Engineers and Technical Talent." The organization fulfills its mission by increasing educational opportunities, promoting professional and personal growth, carrying out their social responsibility to be involved in education, business and government issues and enhancing pride within their organization and reinforcing their reputation as a vital Hispanic organization.