OBJECT AND PURPOSE OF CHI EPSILON
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.
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 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 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 which continually confront the practicing Civil
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. 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.
Copyright © 1996 The University of Iowa · Revised:
January 31, 2003