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Chi Epsilon - Chapter No. 83

Objectives and Purpose of Chi Epsilon

Chi Epsilon is 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 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.

Your initiation into Chi Epsilon lays upon you the responsibility of extraordinary service in the advancement of our profession.

CHARACTER is that integrity of nature that 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 that 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 that 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.

History of Chi Epsilon

In the Spring of 1922, a group of seniors and a group of juniors at the University of Illinois independently originated the idea of or-organizing a fraternity that would recognize the student who excels in the fundamental qualifies of the successful civil engineer, and who would use those abilities constructively in advancing the civil engineering profession. When the two groups learned of each other's existence, they joined under the name of Chi Epsilon.

Chi Epsilon has always had a conservative attitude toward expansion, feeling that groups from prominent engineering schools would solicit membership without encouragement.

When the Chi Epsilon Room was dedicated at the United Engineering Center in New York City in 1961, it represented a gift to the civil engineering profession from Chi Epsilon's 51 chapters. In 1996 Chapter #120 was installed, and membership surpassed 78,000. Chi Epsilon continues to grow soundly, adding 1-2 new chapters and approximately 2500 initiates each year.


Chi Epsilon retains as its motto the Greek letters Chi Delta Chi, which formed the name of the junior 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. In these functions your adherence to the principles of Chi Epsilon will serve you well.

Why Join Chi Epsilon?

There are many good and proper reasons for membership in any Honor Society. Careful scholarship contributes to the development of thoughtful and sensitive human beings.

Membership is a reward for accomplishment. Your hard work in scholastic achievement is recognized and appreciated.

No one wants to be a member of some obscure group. Chi Epsilon is the National Civil Engineering Honor Society. Membership in Chi Epsilon is a mark of excellence readily recognized by others, including future employers.

You will have the chance to do something for your department, college, and university. Chi Epsilon chapters are encouraged to adopt service projects.

Membership affords you a lifelong opportunity to continue developing in a professional manner. The Chi Epsilon publications promote excellence in civil engineering, summarize graduate study opportunities and help keep you informed concerning the activities of your friends and fellow members.

Accepting membership is a nice way to say thank you to parents, a spouse, or perhaps a faculty member that you respect.

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Clemson Chapter Information

Chapter Officers
Vice President:
Chapter Advisor
Melissa Sternhagen
Chapter Activities
Fall Initiation and Banquet
Spring Initiation and Banquet
Chapter Honor Members
1. William States Lee
2. Carlton Terrence Wise
3. Herbert W. Busching
4. Jack C. McCormac
5. Bill L. Atchley
6. Linvil Gene Rich
7. J. Charles Jennett
8. Thomas M. Keinath
9. Alexander M. Quattlebaum
10. Arnold Edward Schwartz
11. Leslie G. McCraw
12. Subhash C. Anand
13. Emmet I. Davis
14. Robert F. Nowack
15. Russell H. Brown
16. David S. Rozendale
17. Linda E. Jennett
18. Robert A. Coleman
19. James L. Burati, Jr.
20. Stephen F. Csernak
21. C. P. Leslie Grady, Jr.
22. Lawrence C. Tropea
23. J. Earl Herndon
24. Serji N.Amirkhanian
25. James K. Nelson, Jr.
26. L. G. "Skip" Lewis, Jr.
27. Peter R. Sparks
28. Jerry Timmons
29. David T. Young
30. William V. Moore
31. William E. Spearman III
32. Nadim M. Aziz
33. Richard (Dick) Cottingham
34. John Atz
35. Gaye Sprague