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Omega Chi Epsilon
The National Honor Society for Chemical Engineering




What is Omega Chi Epsilon?

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

The name is based upon our motto: Ode Chrototos Eggegramai which means In this Society, professionalism is engraved in our minds. The letters OXE, or their Greek equivalent of WCE, represent Order of Chemical Engineers.

The key (see image top left) represents the objectives of Omega Chi Epsilon. The four arms of the Maltese cross represent the first four objectives:

1. RECOGNITION to recognize excellence in chemical engineering
2. INVESTIGATION to promote original investigation and innovation in chemical engineering
3. SERVICE to provide service to the chemical engineering department or school and its student body
4. COMRADESHIP to promote comradeship among chemical engineers

These four are bound intimately together by the fifth,

5. PROFESSIONALISM to promote honesty, integrity and social responsibility: the hallmarks of professional ethics

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 three main tools of the chemical engineer: chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

WCE is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The Society also has many common goals with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE); we support the AIChE with funds for student awards. We further share many goals with the American Society for Engineering Education. WCE has over 60 active university chapters and total membership of nearly 20,000 men and women. While the chapters are primarily composed of Junior and Senior students, it is also open to graduate students and faculty. In recent years, 2-4 new chapters have been chartered each year.