About Chi Epsilon

Link to National Chi Epsilon: www.chi-epsilon.org

Object And Purpose of Chi Epsilon

Dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of Civil Engineering as an ideal profession, Chi Epsilon was organized to recognize the characteristics of the individual Civil Engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career, and to aid in the development of those characteristics in the Civil Engineering student. Engineering, the application of scientific principles to the practical needs of society, is assuming a constantly increasing responsibility for the physical well-being of all people, and thus calling for a competence of a high order. This responsibility can be discharged only by a professional group whose members are possessed of a good basic technical ability, intelligence, moral integrity, and effective social poise in their relationship with the larger community of which they are a part. To contribute to the improvement of the profession, Chi Epsilon fosters the development and exercise of sound traits of character and technical ability among Civil Engineers, and its members, by precept and example, toward an ever higher standard of professional service.

Personal Qualities

Scholarship, Character, Practicality, and Sociability are the fundamental requirements for membership in Chi Epsilon.

Success in undergraduate academic work, which is called scholarship, is a fundamental requirement for Chi Epsilon members. High scholastic achievement suggests an unusual fitness for positions of responsibility and leadership.

Character is that integrity of nature which inspires respect and confidence. It is that quality which leads individuals to support worthwhile activities, both in college and after graduation. Character is the primary quality of a successful Civil Engineer. Loyalty is part of character, and we require that, throughout your life, you maintain your loyalty to the principles of Chi Epsilon.

Practicality is the ability to apply the basic principles of scientific knowledge to the problems which continually confront the practicing Civil Engineer.

The desire and the ability to join freely with others, to share in their activities and contribute to them, are factors which lead directly to personal success and happiness. This faculty is sociability . You will recognize that these qualities which Chi Epsilon seeks in its members are the attributes which contribute to successful living.


In the spring of 1922 two groups of civil engineering students at the University of Illinois, one calling itself Chi Epsilon, and the other calling itself Chi Delta Chi, independently of each other, took steps to petition the faculty for permission to establish an honorary civil engineering fraternity. As soon as the existence of the two groups became known to each other, plans were immediately propagated to merge the two groups. On May 22, 1922, the Chi Epsilon Fraternity was founded. Since then, Chi Epsilon has grown to 123 chapters, with over 65,000 members initiated.


Chi Epsilon retains as its motto the Greek letters Chi Delta Chi, which formed the name of the junior honor society founded in 1922 at the University of Illinois and which is one of the roots of Chi Epsilon. Chi Delta Chi. These three letters shall symbolize our English motto: Conception, Design, and Construction. These are the three phases of every creative project. Conception is inventive; it perceives the opportunity to do something and recognizes the means of accomplishment. Fitting that means of accomplishment to the specific case and planning a definite method of work is design. Construction is the actual building. It makes a reality of the idea of conception and the plan of design. Conception requires imagination and intelligence. Design requires education and practical experience. Construction requires energy, determination, and perseverance.