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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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,
· Assemble chemical engineering graduate school
· Provide career guidance to high school
· Provide tutorial services to chemical