Welcome to Upsilon Pi Epsilon

The computing and information disciplines are relatively young. Yet despite their comparative youth, the computing and information disciplines have had an unparalleled effect on almost every aspect of contemporary life. Indeed it is difficult to predict the ultimate place of the computer in our world.  It is the express purpose of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) to promote the computing and information disciplines and to encourage their contribution to the enhancement of knowledge.

UPE was first organized at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 1967. The international organization now consists of chapters in various colleges and universities in North America and overseas. UPE is the first and only, existing international honor society in the Computing and Information disciplines.

The mission of UPE is to recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Computing and Information Disciplines. UPE is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and has chapters in more than 300 colleges and universities in North America and overseas.

UPE has received endorsements from the two largest computer organizations in the world, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS). UPE is also a charter member of The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES).


James Comer, Ph.D., a pioneer of UPE who has served on the Executive Council since 1980, has passed away.  He served 7 terms as UPE International President and in 2014 received UPE’s most prestigious award, the Abacus Award, given to “an individual who has gained international renown in the profession, and over a period of several years has provided extensive support and leadership for student-related activities in the computing and information disciplines.”  James was also one of the founders of the ICPC and ICPC Foundation board member, who played virtually every role in the ICPC from the mid-1970s to the present and was a mainstay of ICPC culture and commitment. He had a distinguished academic career at TCU, where he was a founder of the Computer Science program and long-time department chairman and professor. James was a beloved leader in the UPE and ICPC communities who positively influenced countless lives in so many ways. James will be greatly missed.

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