Alpha Omega Epsilon (ΑΩΕ) is a social and professionalsorority 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. 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; however, several of its chapters are members of their local Panhellenic Councils.
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.
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.