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Welcome to Alpha Epsilon Kentucky Omega Chapter at BAE!

Alpha Epsilon is an honor society for outstanding agricultural, biological and food engineers. The objectives of the honor society are to promote the high ideals of the engineering profession, to give recognition to those agricultural, biological and food engineers who manifest worthy qualities of character, scholarship and professional attainment, and to encourage and support such improvements in the agricultural, biological and food engineering profession that make it an instrument of greater service to mankind.

Memberships in Alpha Epsilon consist of three classes: honorary, active and alumni. Honorary members are selected on the basis of successful achievement in biological and agricultural engineering. Active members are chosen only from students registered in the upper portion of their engineering class, and who exhibit outstanding qualities of character, leadership, and personality. Graduate members may be chosen from outstanding graduate students in agricultural, biological and food engineering.”

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Joining Alpha Epsilon opens opportunities for participating local and national activities by the organization, participation in local governance, and self-determination, organization and attendance of local activities. Examples of such activities include networking with outstanding Alpha Epsilon members and alumni, helping write the departmental newsletter, participating in peer mentoring activities, and volunteering for service activities such as, Engineering Day (E-Day), finals week snacks, UK Circle of Love, and the international book project (IBP) book drive.


         Alpha Epsilon Omega Chapter News        #TOP#


Kentucky Kernel covered AE's IBP Book Drive 2018

Our IBP Book Drive was covered on "UK Now"

AE Members featured in the "BAE Connections" newsletter

AE Omega Chapter named ASABE's Most Outstanding Chapter and Most Improved Chapter


               Current Officers: 2017-2018             #TOP#

President: Lauren Bell
Vice-President: Ulalo Chirwa
Secretary: Robin Swoveland
Treasurer: Clare Tyler

Past Officers: 2016-2017

President: Somsubhra Chattopadhyay
Vice-President: Manjot Singh
Secretary: Enshi Liu
Treasurer: Katie Wolf

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carmen Agouridis

2016 Alpha Epsilon officers


                      IBP Book Drive 2018                     #TOP#

A book drive sponsored by the BAE's honor society, Alpha Epsilon, is now underway and will continue through March 30, 2018. The drive, with an eye toward promoting literacy and cultural understanding, will collect gently used books for the International Book Project.

This is the second year for the book drive. Last year’s drive, which lasted two weeks, collected enough books to fill a minivan. This year, the organizers are expanding on their success with a much longer drive and by reaching out beyond the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to also include the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine.

The International Book Project was founded in 1966 by UK alumna Harriet Van Meter, who was struck by people’s need and desire for books while on a trip to India. The project, which continued to grow long after her death in 1997, has distributed more than 6 million books throughout the world and the United States, sending both small, tailored shipments of a few dozen books to small organizations and sea containers of 20,000 books to organizations with larger capacity.

Though all types of books are accepted, medical, engineering and agricultural books are in high demand. Books must be in good condition; the International Book Project cannot accept books with torn or missing pages, broken bindings, excessive notes or highlighting or yellowed pages.

Those interested in donating books should contact Jian Shi, Alpha Epsilon’s faculty adviser, at He will arrange a date and time for students to pick up the books from donors who bring them to campus. If desired, donors can also drop off books at Lab 151 in the C. E. Barnhart Building. To make sure the lab is open, they should email Shi first.

For more information about the International Book Project, visit its website,


                             Contact Us                             #TOP#

Questions about AE Omega Chapter shall be directed to Dr. Jian Shi, Alpha Epsilon’s faculty advisor at