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Mizzou SHPE ships off to national conference in Ohio

Two men stand in front of a Mizzou Engineering-branded table and banner.

Victor Bradford and Ronny Bazan Antequera were part of the MU delegation at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers National Conference in Cleveland last week. Photo courtesy of Victor Bradford.

Mizzou Engineering sent 12 students to the 2019 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, last week. The MU delegation also included Information Technology faculty member Ronny Bazan Antequera, Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Initiatives Tojan Rahhal and Director of Recruitment and Enrollment Management Victor Bradford.

Students participated in several activities related to professional development, including the importance of globalization, career development, overcoming career obstacles, tech talks and much more. They also took part in the career fair, speaking with companies such as Burns & McDonnell, Microsoft, Kiewit, Boeing, Rockwell Automation, Autodesk, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, among a multitude of others.

Bazan went on to receive a SHPE Academic Program & Professional Development Committee travel grant to attend next year’s SHPE Faculty Development Symposium. He’ll have the opportunity to develop and grow as a young faculty member, which in turn will benefit the IT Program and his students.

“It was a new and awesome learning experience that allowed me to connect with other new faculty and learn about how to effectively write proposals and balance the teaching process during the first years [of my career],” Bazan said of the conference.

Students, faculty and staff also had the chance to do some outreach and graduate student recruiting with a booth at the exhibitor fair.

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