Does your chemical engineering department have an OXE Chapter? Are you interested in forming one? If so, read on, the following information will guide you through the process. We are very grateful to past National Officers, especially Prof. Angelo Perna, for developing these guidelines.
The National Constitution (Article V) stipulates the following requirements for formation of a new OXE chapter:
Section 1 - A Chapter may be established at any institution whose curriculum leading to the first degree in Chemical Engineering has been accredited by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Section 2 - A petition for a charter for the establishment of a new chapter shall be sent to the National President. Upon unanimous approval of the Executive Committee, the petition or a condensation thereof shall be referred to the Council for consideration. The petition will be considered as approved unless negative votes are received from at least five (5) members of the Council within five (5) weeks of the date the petition is distributed. If a petition is disapproved, the submitting group shall be told of the reason for disapproval and invited to resubmit the petition as soon as the cause of disapproval has been resolved.
Section 3 - A charter for a new chapter shall be issued by the Executive Secretary, according to the following form:
Be it hereby known that a charter for the establishment of a chapter of the Society at (NAME OF UNIVERSITY), to be known as the (NAME OF CHAPTER) chapter, is hereby granted to the following persons as charter members, conveying to them and their duly elected associates and successors all the privileges conferred by the Constitution of the Society.
(NAMES OF FOUNDING MEMBERS)
In witness thereof the signatures of the National President and Executive Secretary and the seal of the Society are hereunto affixed on this (DAY) day of (MONTH) in the year (YEAR)
Section 4 - For the charter which each chapter receives at the time of its installation, a fee established by the Executive Committee shall be paid into the National Treasury.
Section 5 - The chapters shall be named with single Greek letters, in alphabetical order, according to the time of their installation. When all single Greek letters have been used, chapters shall be named in alphabetical order with double Greek letters, as Alpha Alpha, Alpha Beta, Alpha Gamma, etc.
Formation of a new chapter commonly proceeds along the following steps:
Incomplete petitions will be returned for completion. Copies of previous successful petitions can be obtained from the Executive Secretary or the President. Students have found that the chartering ceremony is especially rewarding when scheduled as a banquet where one of the National officers presents the charter and the presentation is followed by an Initiation Ceremony for new members.
Each new chapter is assessed a one-time chartering fee of $100. Payment is required prior to presentation of the charter. Additionally, a one-time $20/person fee is charged for each charter member and new member thereafter.
You may download the National Constitution, model Chapter By-Laws, suggested initiation ceremony script, and a picture of the official Omega Chi Epsilon handshake for congratulating new members here.
Suggested activities for your chapter include:
The variety of activities that Chapters engage in suggest academic recognition alone does not fulfill the aspirations of outstanding chemical engineering students today.