Chi Epsilon

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Chi Epsilon (χε) is the national civil engineering honor society in the United States. It honors engineering students who have exemplified the "principles of scholarship, character, practicality, and the civil engineering profession."[1] There are currently 137 chapters, of which 131 are active, where over 116,000 members have been inducted.[2] Chi Epsilon is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, with silver certification by


According to the Constitution and Bylaws of Chi Epsilon, this organization is "dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession."[1] Its objective and purpose is to uphold competence, sound engineering, good moral judgement, and a commitment to society in order to improve the civil engineering profession.


The society was founded on May 20, 1922 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign when two groups of civil engineering students independently petitioned for establishment of an honorary fraternity. As soon as the local organization was on its feet, plans were put into motion to bring Chi Epsilon to the national level. On February 23, 1923, a certificate of incorporation was issued by the State of Illinois. When a second chapter was established at the Armour Institute of Technology on March 29, 1923, Chi Epsilon truly became a national society. Rapid expansion soon after resulted in a total revision of government. The society is now governed by student officers at each chapter who act through a National Council. The headquarters are located at the University of Texas at Arlington. The society's English motto is "Conception, Design, Construction", which retains the letters of Chi Delta Chi, one of the original petitioning groups.


The colors of Chi Epsilon are purple and white. The official badge is a key made in the likeness of the front of an engineer's transit, the instrument of a surveyor. The official news publication of Chi Epsilon is also called The Transit, and is published semi-annually in the spring and fall of each year.

National Honor Members[edit]

  1. Milo Ketchum (1931 Illinois)
  2. Charles B. Breed (1932 MIT)
  3. Ora M. Leland (1932 Minnesota)
  4. Arthur N. Talbot (1932 Illinois)
  5. [Daniel W. Mead]] (1932 Cornell)
  6. John B. Babcock III (1932 MIT)
  7. Herbert S. Crocker (1934 Colorado)
  8. Frederick E. Turneaure (1936 Wisconsin)
  9. Charles Derleth, Jr. (1936 California)
  10. George T. Seabury (1939 MIT)
  11. Hardy Cross (1940 MIT)
  12. John L. Savage (1946 CO-Boulder)
  13. Julian Hinds (1948 Texas)
  14. Lewis A. Pick (1948 VPI)
  15. Charles G. Hyde (1950 MIT)
  16. David B. Steinman (1960 CCNY)
  17. Tom A. Blair (1952 Colorado)
  18. Sinclair O. Harper (1952 California-Berkeley)
  19. Henry T. Heald (1953-IIT)
  20. Morton O. Withey (1954 Wisconsin)
  21. Bernard A. Etcheverry (1954 California-Berkeley)
  22. Bertram D. Tallamy (1958 RPI)
  23. Enoch R. Needles (1965 MO-Rolla)
  24. Clarence L. Eckel (1966 Colorado)
  25. A. M. Rawn (1968 USC)
  26. Ellis L. Armstrong (1968 NCE)
  27. Mason G. Lockwood (1968 Texas)
  28. Solomon Cady Hollister (1969 Purdue)
  29. William H. Wisely (1969 Illinois)
  30. George R. Rich (1970 Worcester)
  31. Abel Wolman (1971, Drexel)
  32. Louis R. Howson (1972 Wisconsin)
  33. John A. Focht, Sr. (1972 Texas)
  34. Roland P. Davis (1972 West Virginia)
  35. Daniel V. Terrell (1973 Kentucky)
  36. Leif J. Sverdrup (1976 MO-Rolla)
  37. Ralph E. Fadum (1978 Purdue)
  38. Phil M. Ferguson (1980 Texas)
  39. Oscar S. Bray (1982 Northeastern)
  40. Ralph B. Peck (1984 Illinois)
  41. Hunter Rouse (1985, Illinois)
  42. Linton E. Grinter (1986 Florida)
  43. Leland J. Walker (1988 Montana State)
  44. William McCoy Sangster (1990 Iowa)
  45. Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. (1990 Purdue)
  46. Fred J. Benson (1992 Texas A&M)
  47. Jack Cermak (1994, Colorado State)
  48. Chester P. Seiss (1994 Illinois)
  49. Mario Salvadori (1996 Cooper Union)
  50. T.Y. Lin (1996 California-Berkeley)
  51. William J. Hall (1998 Illinois)
  52. John A. Focht, Jr. (2000 Wisconsin)
  53. Luther W. Graef (2002 Maryland)
  54. William LeMessurier (2004 MIT)
  55. Robert D. Bay (2006 MO-Rolla)
  56. Charles Pankow (2006 Purdue)
  57. Leslie E. Robertson (2008 Stevens)
  58. Daniel S. Turner (2010 Alabama-Tuscaloosa)
  59. G. Wayne Clough (2012 Maryland)
  60. William F. Marcuson III (2014 University of Utah)

Chapter list[edit]

Chapters are designated by school at which they are located. Year of installation is in parentheses.


Undergraduate, graduate, alumni, and faculty in civil engineering are all eligible to become members provided some basic requirements are met. Undergraduates must be in the top third of their class and completed at least half of the civil engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree. The selection of members is based upon Scholarship, Character, Practicality, and Sociability, the four primary requirements of a successful engineer. All candidates must participate in a formal initiation ceremony. After becoming a regular member, anyone who has attained eminence through their accomplishments in the profession may become a Chapter Honor Member. The next level of elevation is National Honor Member.


  1. ^ a b "The Constitution and Bylaws of Chi Epsilon" as approved by National Conclave Rolla, Missouri March 9–11, 2006
  2. ^ Chi Epsilon Official Website

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