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Our Fundamentals

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.

Vision Statement

The future Alpha Omega Epsilon seeks to create:

Alpha Omega Epsilon is the spirit of women in engineering and the technical sciences, devoted to an enriching and life-changing experience for our members. Sisters commit to a lifelong engagement with Alpha Omega Epsilon by reinforcing the bonds between eachother and enhancing the experiences of future generations of engineers and technical scientists.

The Sorority grows by developing successful members and instilling our core values in our membership. Our recognized and trusted brand represents the well-rounded engineer and technical scientist, inspiring pride in our Sisters. Our infrastructure, business processes, and expansion efforts provide a sustained competitive advantage. And, our network of diverse and talented volunteers are aligned in the relentless pursuit of our common purpose.

Core Values

The fundamental beliefs of Alpha Omega Epsilon:

We value the effect that positive LEADERSHIP has on our Sorority and provide opportunities for leadership to develop and flourish.

We value the INDIVIDUALITY of our Chapters and our members as this is what makes our family unique.

We value the PROFESSIONALISM of our members as we treat each other with the dignity and respect each of us deserves.

We value our VOLUNTEERS who fulfill their obligations for the betterment of the Sorority.

We value RESPONSIBILITY by making decisions based upon good judgment, following through with those decisions and being held accountable for those decisions.

We value FRIENDSHIP by being loyal to each other, caring for each other and recognizing the value inherent in each individual member.

 

AΩE Leadership

The International Executive Board is comprised of eight alumnae volunteers looking to advance the Sorority as an Organization. Each board member serves a two-year commitment in her position.

 

OfficeOfficerE-mail Address
President Krista May This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vice President Rachel Kass This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Secretary Maryann Fichera This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Treasurer Nikki Guevarra This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Interchapter Relations Kathryn Bohn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Alumnae Relations Justine Schaper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Expansion Andrea Dunn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Publications Sara Lillard This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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KRISTA MAY - PRESIDENT - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CZarrilliKrista graduated from South Dakota State University in 2011 with a degree in Civil Engineering. As an undergrad, Krista was a Chapter Founder and served as Recruitment Chair, Membership Educator, and Secretary. As Alumna, she was a Founder of the Alumnae Chapter of the Omega Chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon. She co-wrote the Alumnae Chapter bylaws and served as Vice President of Alumnae Affairs. Before joining the IEB, Krista served on the Website Committee and Promissory Note Committee.

Krista currently works at Infrastructure Design Group, Inc. as a Project Engineer. She designs roadways and utilities for urban reconstruction projects.  Krista lives in Sioux Falls, SD. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafting, baking, attending her cousins various sporting events, and hosting game nights for family and friends. Krista enjoys watching Doctor Who, Grey’s Anatomy, and Gilmore Girls.

 


 

MARYANN FICHERA - SECRETARY - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maryann FicheraI am an alumni of Beta Delta Chapter where I was their founding Membership Educator where I proceeded to become President of Beta Delta. I received my Bachelors and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University.  I was born and still live in sunny south Florida.  I currently work to keep the power on at Florida Power & Light as a Customer Project Engineer/Designer. 

 

 

 

 


 

NIKKI GUEVARRA -TREASURER - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nikki

Nikki received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Northern Illinois University. She grew up in the Philippines and moved to America when she was 15. After moving to America, Nikki had always kept to herself, but when she found Alpha Omega Epsilon, she started getting more comfortable with herself again.

During her undergraduate years in Northern Illinois University, she served as the Mu Chapter’s Vice President, Membership Educator and a couple of committee chair positions. Currently, Nikki works as an Associate Scientist at Abbott in the Diagnostics division, testing in the labs or analyzing data. She also is the one in charge of onboarding new employees, putting what she learned as a “Mem.Ed.” in use.

Nikki currently lives with her fiancé in Wisconsin, but plans to move back to Illinois to be closer with their family. When she’s not busy working, Nikki enjoys reading her books, playing guitar, recording songs, playing video games with her fiancé or volunteering.

 


 

KATHRYN BOHN - INTERCHAPTER RELATIONS - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kathryn Bohn is a California native who found herself amongst the cacti in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering where she was a founding member and Vice President of the Beta Iota chapter.  Kathryn was lucky enough to find her dream job out of college as an engineering consultant for Burns & McDonnell specializing in renewable energies.

Kathryn found her place in college amongst her sisters of the Beta Iota chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon. She worked diligently behind the scenes to create a solid foundation for the chapter and mentor the younger sisters so that the chapter would flourish after the founding members graduated. Not quite ready to let go of Alpha Omega Epsilon after graduating college, Kathryn has served as an advisor and eventually working her way up to being the Interchapter Relations Officer on the IEB. She enjoys looking at the bigger picture of the organization and working for the betterment of the Sorority while making sure that the chapters have the resources necessary to continue to be successful. 

 


 

JUSTINE SCHAPER - ALUMNAE RELATIONS - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sara Lillard

Justine is a 2014 mechanical engineering graduate from the Beta Zeta chapter at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She was a chapter founding member and served as corresponding secretary and president during her undergraduate time. Wanting to stay involved with Alpha Omega Epsilon as an alumna, she volunteers as an Alumna Advisor for the Beta Xi chapter in her home city of St. Louis, MO, is a founding and active member of the Beta Zeta Alumnae Chapter, and a member on the Promissory Committee.

Justine currently works as a design engineer for a mechanical contractor designing HVAC systems for several major hospitals around eastern Missouri. In her free time, she is usually playing referee to her dog and cat, watching The Office and Friends for the 100th time, or planning her next travel adventure. Justine is thrilled to be working with the other amazing women on the International Executive Board and can't wait to expand the alumna and volunteer experience for the members of the sorority.

 

 


 

ANDREA DUNN - DIRECTOR OF EXPANSION - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sara Lillard

Andrea graduated from Marquette University in 2014 with a degree in Construction Engineering and Management.  After graduation she accepted a job as a Project Engineer and has worked on several commercial office and developer buildings in both Houston, TX and Charlotte, NC.

Andrea was a very active member during her college career, holding the positions of President and Vice President, and hasn't stopped volunteering since she graduated.  Prior to joining the board, Andrea was a Regional Advisor, Convention Committee Chair, and part of the Expansion Committee.  In her free time, Andrea enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants with friends, binge watching shows on Netflix, and relaxing by the pool.  Andrea is very excited to dive in and lead the expansion efforts of the Sorority! 

 

 


 

SARA LILLARD - DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sara LillardOriginally from Denver, Colorado, I received my Bachelor’s from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in Aerospace Engineering in June 2014.  Right after graduation, I went to work for Orbital ATK in California’s Space Country working on government defense interceptor rockets as an Integration and Test Engineer.  In fall of 2016, I transferred to begin the next stage of my career as an I&T Engineer of Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile Targets in Rocket City!

I am an alumni and founding president of the Beta Iota Chapter and have continued my involvement as their Alumnae Advisor.  I’ve been a 2-year member of the Convention Committee, a 1-year member of the ENewsletter, Merchandise, and Database Committees.  Elected as DOP was amazing and I hope to take this experience to make beneficial changes to Alpha Omega Epsilon from my seat on IEB.  I enjoy working to further develop our website and online communications and to continuously promote and support the AΩE mission and ideals for all our past, current and future sisters.

Facts & Symbols

The symbols and traditions of Alpha Omega Epsilon hold special meaning revealed to our members during the active initiation ceremony.

  • Founded: November 13, 1983 at Marquette Unviersity in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Colors: Royal Blue, Silver, and White
  • Candidate Flower: White Carnation                                      
  • Active Flower: White Rose                                       
  • Alumna Flower: White Calla Lily
  • Mascot: Dolphin
  • Jewel: Blue Sapphire, Pearl, and Diamond

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