Omega Chi Epsilon
U N I V E R S I T Y of H O U S T O N
What its all about...

Purpose

The Society of Omega Chi Epsilon promotes high scholarship, encourages original investigation in chemical engineering, and recognizes the valuable traits of character, integrity, and leadership. The Society serves both undergraduate and graduate students within the Chemical Engineering Department. It encourages meaningful student faculty dialogue within the department.

History

A group of chemical engineering students at the University of Illinois met in 1931 to form an organization which would recognize those juniors and seniors who displayed academic excellence and leadership in their profession. They designed a key, petitioned for and received recognition from the University administration, and became the Alpha Chapter.

By its tenth anniversary, another five chapters had been formed. Records for the thirtieth year (1960-61) show 105 people initiated from 10 chapters. In its Golden Anniversary year, 1980-81, Omega Chi Epsilon received 705 members from 39 chapters.

In 1967, the Society became a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The current membership includes over 15,000 men and women from 52 chapters.

Local History of Omega Chi Epsilon

The University of Houston became the Alpha Delta Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon on May 15, 1975. The national Executive Secretary, personally presented the charter to the 2 faculty members and 13 undergraduates -- the charter members of our Chapter.  

The first President of Omega Chapter was John D. Stevens. The faculty advisors were Raymond W. Flumerfelt and Frank L. Worley, Jr.  Through the years, Alpha Delta Chapter has honored over 200 outstanding chemical engineering students.

The Key

The badge, or symbol, consists of a black Maltese cross background upon which is superimposed a circular crest. The crest bears the letters Omega Chi Epsilon on a white band across a horizontal diameter. Above the white band are two crossed retorts in gold on a background of maroon. The key represents the objectives of Omega Chi Epsilon.  The four Arms of the Maltese represent the first four objectives: recognition, investigation, service, and comradeship.  These four are bound intimately together by the fifth, professionalism, represented by the circular maroon crest in the shape of a globe, reminding us of the world-wide scope of chemical engineering.  The gold Greek letters, Omega, Chi, Epsilon, are inscribed on a white band encircling the globe.  The crossed retorts, the integral sign, and the bolt of lightning represent the main tools of the chemical engineer -- chemistry, mathematics, and physics.  The colors of the society are turkey red and white.

Newsletter

The society publication, known as the OMEGA CHI EPSILON NEWSLETTER, is distributed semi-annually on April 1 and November 1. It contains articles about local chapters, suggestions for better chapter operations, and news from the national office.

Chapter Activities

The variety of chapter activities suggests that recognition alone does not fulfill the aspirations of outstanding chemical engineering students today. A partial list of reported activities follows:

Sponsor and arrange for alumni activities

Sponsor student-faculty activities: picnics, banquets, etc.

Assemble chemical engineering graduate school information

Provide career guidance to high school students

Provide tutorial services to chemical engineering student