Latinos in Science and Engineering

MAES History

MAES 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.


To promote, cultivate, and honor excellence in education and leadership among Latino engineers and scientists.


MAES is the foremost Latino organization for the development of STEM leaders in the academic, executive, and technical communities.

MAES Conferences

MAES Symposium

MAES Symposium is the premier event for MAES, bringing together hundreds of students and professionals seeking employment and advancement opportunities.  Students have the opportunity to meet working professionals wanting to network and give back to the community.  Students can meet their peers from all over the United States with common values and traditions and meet recruiters who want to train and hire them to become tomorrow’s professionals.

MAES Symposium is more than just a collection of workshops and meal functions; it’s your gateway to a network of professionals, students, and recruiters – the MAES Familia.

MAES Leadership Conference

The Leadership Academy is an intensive program of leadership training. The conference is a unique opportunity for professionals, students, and recruiters just like you. Professionals can participate in the job training at the Leadership Academy by serving as a mentor to students in attendance.

Attendees participate in a full curriculum of activities that address both personal and professional leadership. Leadership Academy is your opportunity to grow into the ideal candidate in any career path.


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