About Chi Epsilon

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 114,000 members.

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.

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Our Mission

By recognizing outstanding students and graduates for their scholarship, character, practicality and sociability, Chi Epsilon seeks to foster excellence, connectivity and engagement among those in the civil and environmental engineering community to improve our world.

National Chi Epsilon website


About the Cornell chapter

Members of the Cornell chapter of Chi Epsilon are selected based on academic excellence in the discipline of civil engineering, as well as their demonstration of the four primary qualities of Chi Epsilon: scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability. We plan to host social gatherings for Cornell CEE students, provide tutoring services for upper-level CEE courses, offer mentorship opportunities for incoming freshman and transfer students, plan conferences with industry experts and other Chi Epsilon chapters, and offer social service involvement opportunities for the Cornell civil and environmental engineering community.