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Alpha Omega Epsilon
Alpha Omega Epsilon Coat of Arms.jpeg
FoundedNovember 13, 1983; 39 years ago (1983-11-13)
Marquette University, (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
TypeSocial and Professional
EmphasisEngineering & Technical Science
MottoFriendship Leadership Professionalism
Colors  Royal Blue   White   Silver
FlowerWhite Carnation (Candidates)
White Rose (Actives)
Calla Lily (Alumnae)
JewelBlue Sapphire, Pearl, Diamond
PublicationThe Angle
Chapters46 Active
Headquarters4011 N Pennsylvania Street, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46205
WebsiteAlpha Omega Epsilon homepage

Alpha Omega Epsilon (ΑΩΕ) is a social and professional sorority for women in engineering and technical sciences. The sorority was founded by twenty-seven female engineering students at Marquette University on November 13, 1983, and four months later on March 22, 1984, it became a recognized organization on the Marquette University campus.[1] The idea of uniting female engineers and technical scientists of all curricula as Alpha Omega Epsilon has spread to other campuses. As a result, there are currently forty-eight active chapters of the sorority. Alpha Omega Epsilon enjoys a close working relationship with its male counterpart, Sigma Phi Delta (ΣΦΔ).

Alpha Omega Epsilon is a member of the Professional Fraternity Association at the international level;[2] however, several of its chapters are members of their local Panhellenic Councils.

Purpose of Alpha Omega Epsilon

Alpha Omega Epsilon promotes ideals and objectives to help further the advancement of female engineers and technical scientists, while at the same time encouraging bonds of lifelong friendships among members. Alpha Omega Epsilon members value "friendship, leadership, and professionalism."

Friendship lies at the heart of every activity in which Alpha Omega Epsilon members participate.

Leadership opportunities at the chapter and international levels are available to Alpha Omega Epsilon members.

Professionalism is integral to promoting the purpose of Alpha Omega Epsilon; the sorority is dedicated to educating the community on the importance of women in technical fields and encouraging young women to pursue technical careers.

Sorority history


In the early 1980s, the Little Sisters of both Sigma Phi Delta and Triangle Fraternity at Marquette University, started meeting in hopes of forming an organization to increase the number of women in engineering. They decided to form a sorority, and Alpha Omega Epsilon was founded by 27 female engineering students on November 13, 1983. The first Alpha Chapter candidate class was initiated in the fall of 1984.

Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority Founding Members
Margaret Denzin (EECS) Maureen Kerrigan (CE) Lisa MacIsaac (BE) Patricia Rogers (EE) Sheri Weber (EE)
Marie Ferris (BE) Susanne Koth (EE) Ann Mahnke (BE) Victoria Schlicht (EE) Teresa Williamson (EE)
Brenda Kay Herold (EECS) Linda Kresmer (EE) Kathy Rectenwald (EE) Kristin Schneider (EE) Susan Wimmer (EE)
Deborah Hoffman (ME) Lou Ann Lathrop (EE) Eileen Robarge (EE) Lori Ann Sienicki (EE) Carmen Valazco (ME)
Kimberly Hubbard (EECS) Catherine Lewis (BE) Felice M. Roberts (EE) Mary Ruth Szews (EE) Lily Ying (EE)
Chris Ludwig (EE) Tu Quynh Tran (EE)


In 1990 the National Executive Board (NEB), the governing body for the future national organization, is founded by four members of the Sorority from the Alpha and Beta chapters: Cindy Majcher (Alpha), Kathy Rectenwald (Alpha), Julie Whalen (Alpha), and Michelle Rohr (Beta). The NEB was composed of the Executive Director, Expansion Officer, Financial Officer, and Interchapter Relations Officer. Cynthia Majcher (Alpha) was elected the first Executive Director.[3] In 1991, procedures to incorporate the organization in the state of Wisconsin began, and the national organization’s Constitution and Bylaws were drafted. Additionally, local Sorority Alpha Sigma Kappa at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis was established as the Epsilon Prospective chapter.[4] During this time the Sorority’s scope increased from solely promoting women in engineering to promoting women in both engineering and technical sciences.

In 1992 the NEB’s structure was changed, and the President assumed the role of the Executive Director, the Vice President assumed the role of the Expansion Officer, the Treasurer assumed the role of the Financial Officer, and the Secretary assumed the role of the Interchapter Relations Officer. The first National Convention was held in Rapid City, SD during the summer of 1992 with the Alpha, Beta, and Gamma chapters in attendance. In late 1992 the Epsilon Prospective chapter withdrew its intent to join Alpha Omega Epsilon,[8] and the NEB decided to join the Professional Fraternity Association (PFA).

In 1993 the National Constitution and Bylaws were ratified and a decision was made to incorporate as a social organization, rendering the Sorority both a social and professional organization (due to the NEB’s affiliation with the PFA). The Articles of Incorporation for Alpha Omega Epsilon, Inc. were filed with the Secretary of State in Wisconsin.[3]

In 1994 a proposal to start a National Foundation – whose goals were to establish academic, professional, leadership, and volunteer development programs including scholarships, conference attendance/sponsorship, and grants – was initiated. In November of that same year, the Sorority’s Risk Management Policy was finalized, and Alpha Omega Epsilon, Inc. received 501(c)(7) designation as a tax-exempt organization from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

In 1996, the NEB’s structure was changed for a second time to add a fifth office – the Interchapter Relations Officer – whose duties included overseeing the activities of the chapters. This allowed the Secretary to focus more on Sorority history and risk management. On December 5, 1996, the Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation, a non-profit organization that primarily focuses on academic development programs, professional and leadership development programs, volunteer development programs, and organizational grants,[9] is established by four members of the Sorority from the Alpha chapter and the Beta chapter: Cindy Benske (Alpha), Julie Whalen (Alpha), Julie Heinrich (Beta), and Michelle Vondenkamp (Beta). Cindy Benske is selected the first Chairman of the Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation Board of Directors.[3]

On February 21, 1998, Eta chapter was installed at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia marking the first international chapter of the Sorority. In March of that same year, the Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation received 501(c)(3) designation as a tax-exempt charitable organization from the IRS, retroactive to the date of founding.

On December 4, 1999, a prospective chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon was established at Trine University in Angola, IN.


In April 2000, the Iota chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon was founded at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

In November 2000, a prospective chapter petition was received from Rutgers University, but additional members were needed in the interest group before the petition could be approved.

During the summer of 2001, a constitutional change was approved which changed references in the National Constitution and Bylaws from “national” to “international” to recognize the Sorority’s status as an international organization due to the installation of the Eta Chapter at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[3] In conjunction with this change, the NEB became the International Executive Board (IEB). Immediately following the 2001 convention, the General Liability and Directors and Officers Liability insurance policies were first purchased for the Sorority.[3]

In April 2002, the Trine Prospective Chapter was disbanded due to low membership numbers.

In February 2003 the Degree Recognition Committee was formed as a joint effort between the Sorority and the National Foundation to ensure that all technical science majors accepted for admission into the Sorority qualified for the scholarships the National Foundation awards to engineers and technical scientists.[10] The National Foundation opened its Rings of Excellence Scholarships to Sorority members (and their families) in Canada.

In 2004, the Trine Prospective chapter was re-established at Trine University in Angola, IN on February 14. During the 2004 Convention, the International Executive Board structure was modified to include a sixth position, the Alumnae Relations Officer (ARO), whose main responsibilities included the creation and oversight of Alumnae chapters. The first ARO was appointed in January of the following year.

In 2005, the Bradley University Prospective chapter was established on November 12. The 2005 convention was held in Vancouver, BC, Canada, marking the first convention in an international location.[3] Following the PFA Conference in September, the Sorority’s domain name was changed from to to be in line with the domain names of other Greek Sororities and Fraternities.

On February 26, 2006, the Trine Prospective chapter was disbanded for a second time due to low membership numbers. Also in February of that year, the Kappa chapter was deactivated due to waning membership. The 2006 Convention was held jointly with Sigma Phi Delta Engineering Fraternity in Chicago, IL.[3] During that convention the IEB structure was changed again to modify the duties of the Vice President to include outreach to other Greek and Engineering Organizations and learning the duties of the President, to transfer the Vice President duty of expansion to the Director of Expansion, and to add the Director of Publications to oversee all of the Sorority’s publications including the website, newsletter, and standardization of materials. Regions and Regional Advisors were added to the Interchapter Relations Officer’s (ICR) realm of responsibility. Each Chapter was placed into a region to be overseen directly by a Regional Advisor (RA), with RAs reporting directly to the ICR.

In February 2007, the Bradley Prospective chapter was disbanded due to waning membership.

On April 16, 2007 tragedy struck both the Virginia Tech campus and the Sorority. Virginia Tech Prospective chapter Founder, Maxine Turner (Max), was killed during the Virginia Tech Massacre while sitting in her German class in Norris Hall. Max was an honors student from Vienna, VA set to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering just one month later in May 2007. In honor and remembrance of the Sorority's fallen Sister, the National Foundation established the Maxine Shelley Turner Memorial Scholarship,[4] and the Rho chapter created a philanthropic event called Take it to the Max.[5]

On March 8, 2008, the first Alumnae chapter was activated as the Alumnae chapter of the Delta chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon. On November 13, 2008, the Sorority celebrated its milestone 25th AnniversaryXX.[3] A weekend of activities in Milwaukee, WI was attended by actives and alumnae from eleven chapters across the United States.

The Sorority launched its newly redesigned website in January 2009. At the 2009 convention, the IEB presented the Sorority’s strategic plan which laid the groundwork for the long-term goals of the Sorority.


On April 24, 2010, the Sorority's first double-lettered chapter, Beta Alpha chapter, was installed at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.

Chapters and Prospective Chapters

Chapter and prospective chapter information.[5]


Chapter Symbol Chartered/Range Institution Location Region Status Reference
Alpha Α November 13, 1983 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI Central Active
Beta Β January 1, 1985 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Rapid City, SD Central Inactive
Gamma Γ April 20, 1991 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC South Active
Delta Δ August 1, 1992 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI Central Active
Epsilon Ε October 11, 1996 University of Southern California Los Angeles West Active
Zeta Ζ April 26, 1997 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY East Active
Eta Η February 21, 1998 University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC West Active
Theta Θ February 27, 1999 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL Central Active
Iota Ι April 1, 2000 University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, MI Central Active
Kappa Κ April 28, 2001 North Dakota State University Fargo, ND Central Inactive
Lambda Λ June 2, 2001 Ohio State University Columbus, OH Central Inactive
Mu Μ March 28, 2004 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL Central Active
Nu Ν April 3, 2004 University of Delaware Newark, DE East Active
Xi Ξ August 21, 2004 Clemson University Clemson, SC South Active
Omicron Ο December 12, 2004 University of Wisconsin – Madison Madison, WI Central Active
Pi Π April 23, 2005 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA South Active
Rho Ρ January 22, 2006 Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Blacksburg, VA South Active
Sigma Σ February 4, 2006 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA South Active
Tau Τ April 23, 2006 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY East Active
Upsilon Υ April 30, 2006 University of Maryland College Park, MD East Active
Phi Φ November 17, 2007 Lamar University Beaumont, TX South Active
Chi X March 29, 2008 The George Washington University Washington, DC East Active
Psi Ψ March 21, 2009 Binghamton University Binghamton, NY East Active
Omega Ω January 23, 2010 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD Central Active
Beta Alpha ΒΑ April 24, 2010 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX South Active
Beta Beta ΒΒ March 26, 2011 University of British Columbia at Okanagan Kelowna, BC West Active
Beta Gamma ΒΓ December 3, 2011 San Diego State University San Diego, CA West Active
Beta Delta ΒΔ January 21, 2012 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL South Active
Beta Epsilon ΒΕ January 28, 2012 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA East Active
Beta Zeta ΒΖ April 21, 2012 University of Missouri Columbia, MO Central Active
Beta Eta ΒΗ August 25, 2012 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV East Active
Beta Theta ΒΘ November 10, 2012 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY East Inactive
Beta Iota ΒΙ December 1, 2012 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA West Active
Beta Kappa ΒΚ January 26, 2013 University of North Carolina - Charlotte Charlotte, NC South Active
Beta Lambda ΒΛ February 22, 2014 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA East Active
Beta Mu ΒΜ March 1, 2014 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA East Active
Beta Nu ΒΝ March 30, 2014 Auburn University Auburn, AL South Active
Beta Xi ΒΞ April 19, 2014 Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO Central Active
Beta Omicron ΒΟ May 3, 2014 Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ East Active
Beta Pi ΒΠ April 11, 2015 Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK South Active
Beta Rho ΒΡ January 23, 2016 University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL South Active
Beta Sigma ΒΣ February 27, 2016 New York University New York, NY East Active
Beta Tau ΒΤ March 12, 2016 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS Central Active
Beta Upsilon BY May 6, 2017 San Jose State University San Jose, CA West Active
Beta Phi ΒΦ September 23, 2017 Widener University Chester, PA East Active
Beta Chi ΒΧ November 4, 2018 Cornell University Ithaca, NY East Active
Beta Psi ΒΨ May 27, 2019 University of South Carolina Columbia, SC South Active
Beta Omega ΒΩ February 1, 2020 Texas A&M University College Station, TX South Active
Gamma Alpha ΓΑ August 1, 2020 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA South Active
Gamma Beta ΓΒ March 20, 2021 University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN South Active
Gamma Gamma ΓΓ January 28th, 2023 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC South Charter [6]

Notable Alpha Omega Epsilon sisters

See also


  1. ^ "Alpha Omega Epsilon - Alpha". Archived from the original on 2012-03-22.
  2. ^ "Fraternal Members Listing".
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Alpha Omega Epsilon - The First 25 Years, 2008
  4. ^ "The History of Alpha Sigma Kappa".
  5. ^ "Chapters & Colonies | Students". Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  6. ^ "Alpha Omega Epsilon on Instagram: "We are so excited to welcome our newest prospective chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon! Please help extend a special welcome to the newest candidates of AΩE at Western Carolina State!"". Instagram. Retrieved 2023-01-30.
3.^ AOE Celebrates 25 Years of Engineering Sisterhood
4.^ Maxine Shelly Turner Memorial Scholarship Fund
5.^ Philanthropy. Take it to the MAX
6.^ Virginia Tech. Turner[dead link]
7.^ Biographies. Maxine Shelly Turner
9.^ Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation Retrieved April 23, 2011
10.^ Alpha Omega Epsilon Retrieved April 23, 2011