Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SHPE-NYC 2011 Year in Review

Good morning SHPE-NYC family, friends and supporters! What was your favorite SHPE-NYC event or moment from this past year? Below are some of ours.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Banquet Speakers 2011

SHPE-NYC is pleased to announce the speakers for the 2011 Annual Holiday Banquet and Toy Drive. We are thrilled that these speakers want to speak directly to our members, our families and all our supporters.

Enrique Mejorada
Vice President - Risk Management and Chief Risk Officer, PSEG

Mr. Mejorada is responsible for implementing corporate risk management strategy and evaluating and addressing risk across all PSEG businesses.
Read full bio here.

Lillian Rodriguez Lopez
President, Hispanic Federation

Lillian Rodríguez López serves as President of the Hispanic Federation, a non-profit membership organization serving close to 100 Latino health and human service agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. 

Read a full bio here.

Carlos D. Torres

Vice President Emergency Management, Con Edison

As the vice president of Emergency Management, Mr. Torres oversees the corporation’s focus on instituting emergency management principles in all its operations. Read full bio here.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Infographics were all the Rage this Year... we got one too. Shout out to our marketing consultant Alex Torres!
SHPE-NYC 2011 - Infographic
Let us know what you think in the comments below or share some of your favorite infographics from 2011. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

SHPE-NYC 2011 Scholarship Application

The SHPE-NYC 2011 Scholarship Application is now available!

If you are or know a student studying studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics, from one of the schools below, apply TODAY!

Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1,000.

The submission deadline is Monday, December 5th.

High Schools include:
  • Philip Randolph High School
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • Bronx Engineering Technology Academy
  • City Polytechnic High School
  • Manhattan Bridges High School

Undergraduate Colleges include:
  • City College of New York
  • Columbia University
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Rutgers University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Hofstra University
  • Manhattan College
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Stevens Institute of Technology

See full details and download the application from:

SHPE-NYC 2011 Holiday Banquet

Join us for the SHPE-NYC Annual Holiday Banquet featuring our STEM Toy Drive and Scholarship Awards!

Join us as we celebrate the holidays with our Annual Holiday Banquet. This is our premier event of the year. Don't miss out! The evening will consist of networking, dinner, inspiring speakers, scholarship awards and our STEM Toy Drive. We welcome All SHPE members, supporters, friends and family to attend!

Our Toy Drive has been a very successful component of the event for many years. The act of "giving back" is fundamental to many of our programs and activities. This year we are focusing our drive on toys that will help to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) among our Hispanic youth. We hope these STEM toys will help to spark interest in the next generation of Engineers and Technologists. With your support we will continue our tradition of "giving back" for years to come. Take a moment to view the appreciative thank you notes we have received over the years from children who have benefited from our toy drives. Read more on our STEM Toy initiative here.

Our scholarship is now in it's 3rd year. The scholarship is focused on helping local college and HS students who are actively supporting the SHPE mission. You can help support our scholarship by making a donation. For more information: 

Friday, December 9th, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Con Edison Auditorium, 4 Irving Place, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10013

SHPE-NYC Professional Members – FREE (STEM Toy donation required)
SHPE Student Members – $5 (STEM Toy donation required)
Non-members & Guests – $25 (Toy Donation Suggested)

Note: Dress attire is business casual, no sneakers or jeans.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Announcing the SHPE-NYC STEM Toy Drive

Every year SHPE-NYC hosts a toy drive, in conjunction with our holiday banquet, to raise gifts for needy children in the community. This year we are focusing our toy drive on toys that will help to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) among our Hispanic youth. We hope these STEM toys will help to spark interest in the next generation of Engineers and Technologists. Your support can help grow the pipeline of children who will become future Engineers!

Looking for suggestions on STEM Toys? SHPE-NYC has developed the first STEM Toys list on

We want to show kids that STEM can be fun! Do you have a suggestion for toys that should be added to our list? Leave us a comment or send us an email at:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Save the date - SHPE-NYC Holiday Banquet on Dec 9th

Save the Date!
SHPE-NYC Annual Holiday Banquet
featuring our STEM Toy Drive and Scholarship Awards
Friday, December 9, 2011
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SHPE-NYC member featured in PSEG corporate publication

Johny Lopez: Power’s triple threat
By Melissa Ficuciello
(Originally printed in the publication: PSEG Outlook, September 2011)

In the nine short years that Johny Lopez has been with PSEG, he has hit the Power trifecta… having worked for PSEG Nuclear, PSEG Fossil, and PSEG energy resources & trade (ER&T). While a student at the University of Rochester, where he earned a biomedical engineering degree – with a mechanical engineering concentration – in 2002, Lopez was recruited for a mechanical engineering job at Salem and Hope Creek during a Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers career conference. A long-time resident of New York City (born in Colombia, South America), Lopez relocated south to Pennsville, N.J., then to Delaware, eventually settling back in Harrison, N.J.

By then, Lopez was working as a financial analyst at Hudson generating station. “During my time there, I had a mentor in the company who coached me on how to successfully transition from engineering to finance,” Lopez said. At the time, Hudson was going through approvals for the Back-end technology project, so he learned a great deal about the business. Within a few years, Lopez transitioned again to ER&T’s trading floor as an asset optimization (portfolio) analyst. There, he develops strategies with his group to optimize the most value from the $2.3 billion PJM portfolio.

“In a typical day, we work to capture the most value from our 11,600 MW generation fleet in the energy and ancillary markets,” Lopez explained. He also manages and optimizes the company position as it relates to generation, load and hedges. “There’s a great learning curve involved in capturing this very complex business model,” Lopez said. “The strategies that our group implements directly contribute to PSEG’s gross margin and have helped PSEG Power to perform well this year, as well as in 2010.”

Lopez finds that every day brings different challenges, as the market conditions change daily. this helps him stay engaged in his job. “It’s helpful to use my problem-solving skills to understand the fundamentals of the market and develop strategies to optimize our fleet,” he said.

While his on-the-job hours are filled with a fair amount of intensity and stress, Lopez likes to chill from the work day by spending time with his wife, Monica, and their 22-month-old son, Julian – as well as play soccer and watch movies. “While I work hard, I enjoy my job,” Lopez said. “My wife and family are very supportive of my work demands. So when I have time off, I try to have as much fun as possible to keep the balance.”

For the past three years, Lopez has been active with Adelante, PSEG’s Hispanic diversity employee resource group. He currently is the group’s chairperson. “Adelante promotes Hispanic growth within PSEG, as well as in the communities it serves, by hosting professional development events that improve the skill sets of our members,” Lopez said. “We also put a big emphasis on outreach activities that promote education in the Hispanic community, including public speaking at local schools and youth mentoring,” Adelante supports Hispanic Heritage month annually, which runs from Sept. 15-oct. 15. During this time, people recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans in the U.S. and celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture.

Prior to chairing Adelante, Lopez served as president of the Society of Hispanic Professional engineers for two years, and remains a member. “As president, the chapter made significant improvements and, with the support of its board of directors, the chapter grew to the best in the nation,” Lopez said.

As PSEG continues its quest to be an employer of choice, what keeps a young professional such as Johny Lopez challenged and engaged on the job? “When I was hired nine years ago, the company offered competitive pay and had a solid reputation in the community. it has some excellent initiatives in place to attract a diverse workforce, and good rotational and development programs,” he said. “I would continue my career here as long as I felt valued and was given opportunities to keep growing professionally. Right now, there are plenty of opportunities here for those who want to take them.”