Mission Statement

Alpha Omega Epsilon is a social and professional sorority founded in 1983 that promotes friendship, leadership and professionalism to all members of the organization, the community and our professions.

Ideals

  • As an individual, I will promote integrity, character, honesty, self-confidence, and uphold my financial responsibilities.
  • As a sorority, we will promote unity, friendship, professionalism, follow traditions, and maintain our image.
  • As an integral part of the school, we will promote engineering and technical science activities, high scholastic standards, and strong relations between students and faculty.
  • As an active member in the community, we will promote understanding, knowledge, and communication within our profession.

Objectives

  • To create friendships while promoting self-confidence, professionalism and motivation among female engineers and technical scientists of all curricula.
  • To work for the betterment of the individual and the Sorority as a whole.
  • To create a friendly and warm environment among its members.
  • To promote the welfare and interest of the profession.
  • To strengthen the relationships between students and faculty.
  • To enhance educational achievements and scholarship.
  • To help develop the highest standards of personal integrity and character.
  • To foster and maintain the bond of sisterhood through a continuing program for the alumnae.

Symbols

  • Mascot: Dolphin
  • Flowers: White carnation, white rose, and white calla lily
  • Colors: Royal blue, silver, and white

Tau History

The idea for bringing Alpha Omega Epsilon to RPI started as a brainstorm among a few girls who felt that the RPI campus needed a sorority that was a little different from the other four on campus. After some research, Alpha Omega Epsilon was discovered and the journey to becoming the Tau Chapter soon began. In order to become a colony of Alpha Omega Epsilon, we realized that we must be recognized as a school club or organization. This ended up being a difficult process since many of the administrators at RPI were unsure of where exactly we fit into the campus system. When we first found out we needed to be recognized as a school club we realized that there were three paths open to us. We could be recognized academically by the engineering department, recognized by the student union, or become a part of the Panhellenic system.

A meeting was held in October of 2004, which 18 people attended. Once we took the step of inviting others to join us there would be no looking back. We went through many trials and tribulations in the process of becoming a recognized school club. After trying to work through the union and the school of engineering it was determined that we would have to go through the Panhellenic system in order to be recognized. As we started to petition to become a part of Panhel, we held our first social event, which was a Halloween celebration. We also participated in a Breast Cancer walk in Albany and raised $2000. Throughout the following year, we held many meetings and events and started to develop close friendships within the organization. Then on October 22, 2005 we were installed as a colony by the IEB President Jessica Linck with 21 members. We began to learn all the necessary information about the history of Alpha Omega Epsilon and what being a sister in this organization would mean. In order to expedite the process of becoming a chapter, we crammed the suggested eight week candidate period into four hectic weeks.

In the spring of 2006 we held our first recruitment and began the candidate process with nine amazingly enthusiastic girls. We spent the semester getting to know them and focusing towards becoming a chapter. We also participated in RPI’s first Relay for Life and held our first formal. After months of hard work and lots of waiting, we were finally inducted as the Tau Chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon on April 23, 2006. The semester ended as we held our first alumnae ceremony. This was a bittersweet occasion as we realized this would be the last meeting where all the Founding Colony members would be together as active sisters.

Date Founded: April 23, 2006

Tau Chapter Charter Members

  • Teresa Amaducci (MECH 2008)
  • Sarah Bowman (CIVL 2007)
  • Vanessa Connell (BME 2006)
  • Elizabeth DeLouise (CSYS/PSYC 2008)
  • Alison Dennis (CSYS/PSYC 2008)
  • Alison Duncan (ARCH 2007)
  • Emaan Farhoud (ARCH 2007)
  • Delilah Gawlick (IT 2007)
  • Chelsea Gnesin (MECH 2006)
  • Meghan Kate (BME 2006)
  • Michelle MacFarland (AERO 2007)
  • Ashley Phillips (IME 2006)
  • Abigail Provine (CHME 2007)
  • Sarah Salinger (ENVE 2006)
  • Maureen Simmons (MTLE 2006)
  • Lauren Speciner (CHME 2006)
  • Laura Van Benschoten (BME 2006)
  • Jennifer Weiser (CHME 2006)
  • Nicole Welch (BME 2006)
  • Laurel White (ELEC 2007)
  • Sara Winar (BME 2007)

  • Audra Bieg (BME 2008)
  • Lynn Bresnahan (CHME 2007)
  • Jessica Grande (MTLE 2009)
  • Mary Keene (ECSE 2008)
  • Alison Kennicutt (CIVL 2009)
  • Nicole Labrecque (CHME 2008)
  • Selby Miller (NUCL 2009
  • Dimple Patel (ELEC 2007)
  • Emily Pineda (CHME 2009)

International History

Alpha Omega Epsilon is a professional and social sorority composed of female engineering students and alumnae. The sorority was founded on November 13, 1983, and four months later, on March 22, 1984, became a recognized organization on the Marquette University Campus. The idea of uniting female engineers of all curricula spread to other campuses. As a result, we have over twenty chapters.

The Sisters of Alpha Omega Epsilon promote ideals and objectives that hope to further the advancement of female engineers, while at the same time developing bonds of lifelong friendships. Alpha Omega Epsilon strives for scholarship and academic achievement. The sisters create a friendly, warm atmosphere where integrity, character, and self-confidence can foster. The sorority hopes to enlighten female engineers to the career opportunities available. Alpha Omega Epsilon encourages ties with other Greek Organizations, leads to the discovery of additional extracurricular activities, and aids in pursuing contacts with engineers in industry.

The Sisters of Alpha Omega Epsilon are proud of the principles the organization stands for, and always welcomes young women who can share in the dreams and reap the benefits that Alpha Omega Epsilon has to offer. Alpha Omega Epsilon, as a young organization, allows each member to play a significant part in realizing the group's future goals.

Date Founded: November 13, 1983

Alpha Chapter Founding Members

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

The Tau Alumnae Chapter

Alumnae Chapter

The Tau Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon was formed to encourage alumnae sisters to foster and maintain the relationships we developed in school as well as make new ones.

We hold several social events each year that are open to all alumnae, and often actives as well. We also aim to support the Tau Active Chapter by hosting at least one networking/professional event each year and to engage alumnae sisters in the International Sorority by sending one alumna to Convention each year.

The Tau Alumnae Chapter was officially installed on April 9th, 2011 with 21 members. If you are interested in joining, contact the Corresponding Secretary who can put you in touch with the Alumnae Chapter.

Accepted Majors

You must be majoring in at least one of these fields at the time you are given a bid by A.O.E., and at the time you are inducted as a sister of A.O.E. (after the candidacy period). If you have any questions, please ask!

School of Engineering

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer and Systems Engineering
  • Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems
  • Electric Power Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial and Management Engineering
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Science Operations Research and Statistics
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Undeclared Engineering

School of Architecture

  • Architecture - 5 yr program

School of Science

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • Biology
  • Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Sciences with a concentration in:
    • Geology
    • Math
    • Computer Science Option A
  • Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Information Technology and Web Science

  • Information Technology with a concentration in:
    • Building Sciences
    • Civil Engineering
    • Communication/Networks
    • Computer Hardware
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Machine/Computer Learning
    • Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering
    • Science and Tech Studies (ONLY Engineering/Society)
    • Web Technologies