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Who We Are

Chi Epsilon is the National Civil Engineering Honor Society in the United States. We honor engineering students who have exemplified the principles of Scholarship, Character, Practicality, and Sociability in the civil engineering profession.  Most engineering disciplines have a recognized national honor society. For the Civil Engineering profession, Chi Epsilon fills this role. Chi Epsilon was founded in 1922 to recognize and honor civil engineering students and professionals, and now has 137 active chapters at universities across the United States. It is widely recognized in the profession and has initiated over 116,000 members.

Our Purpose

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 well-being of all people, and thus calling for competence of the highest order. This responsibility can only be employed by a professional group whose members posses a good basic technical ability, intelligence, moral integrity, and effective social poise in their relationship with the larger community of which they are 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 its members.

What is Chi Epsilon and How are Members Selected?

Students and professionals are selected to become members based on recognition of their scholarship, character, practicality and sociability, considered by Chi Epsilon to be the four primary traits of a successful engineer. For student members, scholarship is determined by being in the top third of their junior or senior class. Members of Chi Epsilon are considered top graduates and are highly sought by civil engineering employers.

See the Membership tab to read more about our chapters requirements for membership.

Our Motto

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.

To read more about the motto and the history of Chi Epsilon please vist the National Website.

Fresno State Chapter

The Fresno State chapter of Chi Epsilon was founded as the 133 chapter.  The goal of the Fresno State Chapter is to develop sound traits of character and technical ability among civil engineers to uphold the professional standards of Chi Epsilon and emphasizes the four pillars: Scholarship, Practicality, Sociability, and Character.Chi Epsilon and Fresno State banner