President's Message

Members and friends of Chi Epsilon,

For almost 100 years, Chi Epsilon has recognized outstanding students and practitioners in civil engineering and related fields for exhibiting our four pillars: Scholarship, Character, Practicality, and Sociability. Over time, the civil engineering community and Chi Epsilon have broadened to include environmental engineering, construction engineering, architectural engineering, and similar disciplines. In bestowing a mark of distinction, symbolized by our key in the form of an engineer’s Transit, we challenge our members to apply the pillars in their personal and professional lives through the actions in our vision statement:

Fostering excellence, connectivity, and engagement among those in the civil engineering community to improve our world.

The commitment of Chi Epsilon members does not end with initiation, but rather is the start of a higher level of professionalism. Our student members serve their departments, colleges, and communities through service projects. Many of our alumni members have reached substantial levels of professional accomplishment and leadership, grounded in their experience of student membership.

Since 1922, Chi Epsilon has grown to comprise 143 collegiate chapters and over 125,000 members. During the current decade, 2012-2022, we have installed seven new chapters, including Boise State University and the College of New Jersey in late 2018. At present several universities have started Civil Engineering Honor Societies and are moving toward becoming our next new chapters. We anticipate welcoming the American University of Sharjah, U.A. E., as our first international chapter in the near future.

If you are an alumni member, faculty member, or Chapter Honor Member, thank you for “coming back,” to view our website and learn of our efforts to make Chi Epsilon relevant to the engineers of today and tomorrow. We encourage you to connect with us and view our activities on our Facebook page.

Finally, but of great importance, your financial support of our national office is critical to keeping student initiate fees as low as possible. For many years, Chi Epsilon supported its operations primarily through a one-time initiation fee. However, only five percent of our membership are students; 95% of our membership are alumni. College costs continue to rise, and many of our students are burdened with debt. We are looking to our alumni members to stay connected with Chi Epsilon, both in financial support to the General Fund and in-kind support to our collegiate chapters.

We encourage our alumni members to connect with their alma mater or nearby chapter and explore opportunities such as speaking at meetings, supporting service projects, and providing student employment. We likewise encourage you to click the “Give Now” button and further support Chi Epsilon as we recognize our students for their Scholarship, Character, Practicality, and Sociability and challenge them to put these pillars into practice as professionals. We are a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) charitable organization and have achieved Guide Star Platinum status for transparency in our operations.

General Fund

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Alumni members are encouraged to make an annual donation to Chi Epsilon. Your donations will be used to support the overall mission of our Society and can help to reduce the initiation fees for our new members.

Student Member Donation

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Student members of Chi Epsilon are encouraged to develop a heart for philanthropy throughout your career. Please provide a modest annual donation in support of Chi Epsilon’s mission.

Chi Epsilon Futures Fund

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As we approach our 100-year anniversary, members are encouraged to make a special donation to our Futures Fund. Our goal is to have more than $3,000,000 in this Fund. Eventually, earnings from the Futures Fund will be used to offset a portion of costs currently included in our new member initiation fees.