Chi Epsilon is the National Civil Engineering Honor Society. Purdue was the 11th chapter to join the organization, which now consists of over 130 chapters and over 100,000 members. At Purdue we have been excelling in acts of Scholarship, Character, Practicality, and Sociability since 1929.
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 a 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.
Success in undergraduate academic work is a fundamental requirement for Chi Epsilon members. High scholastic achievements suggests an unusual fitness for positions of responsibility and leadership.
Initiation into Chi Epsilon lays upon one the responsibility of extraordinary service in the advancement of Civil Engineering.
The integrity of nature which 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 a part of CHARACTER, and it is required that throughout life, loyalty is maintained to the principles of Chi Epsilon.
The ability to apply the basic principles of scientific knowledge to the problems which 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 which lead directly to personal success and happiness.