Chi Epsilon’s History:

1922: Founded at the University of Illinois

1928: First issue of TRANSIT celebrating “Five Years of Chi Epsilon”

1961: Chi Epsilon room opened in New York’s United Engineering Center

1998: New Chi Epsilon room opened in ASCE Virginia Headquarters

2014: Membership at 131 nationwide chapters surpasses 117,000

  • 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 20, 1922, the Council of the University granted permission to the petitioning group of 25 charter members to found the CHI EPSILON FRATERNITY.

  • As soon as the plans for the local organization had been perfected, steps were taken to expand into a national fraternity by banding together with groups at various other universities. An active expansion policy was decided upon and letters were written to the presidents of all the large engineering schools inviting petitions to Chi Epsilon.

  • Meanwhile, the petition to the State of Illinois to incorporate as a national honorary civil engineering fraternity was granted and the certificate of incorporation issued on February 13, 1923.