Educational Institutions

CHI EPSILON

  • Arlington, TX
  • www.chi-epsilon.org

Mission Statement

Vision: 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 engineering community to improve our world.

Mission: The mission of Chi Epsilon is to achieve its vision through its four pillars:

Scholarship – recognizing excellence and achievement in academic and professional endeavors

Character – upholding the integrity and responsibility of the civil engineering profession through our service

Practicality – educating and encouraging our members to improve our world through innovative and impactful solutions

Sociability – connecting our members while engaging the broader community

Main Programs

  1. Scholarships, Fellowships and Teaching Awards
Service Areas

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International

Presently have active Chi Epsilon student chapters in all but five states. We are, however, working to place active Chi Epsilon Chapters in these areas. Additionally, the national organization is moving toward placing chapters in Mexico and Canada.

ruling year

1954

Executive Director / Secretary since 2013

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Dr. Glenn C. Goss

Keywords

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Honor, Honor Society, Scholarship, Professional Service, Civil Engineering,

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EIN

74-1318727

 Number

6110236562

Physical Address

222 Nedderman Hall 416 Yates

Arlington, TX 76019 0316

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X E

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering Honor Society was established with the belief that a society based upon the broad principles of Scholarship, Character, Practicality and Sociability would be an incentive to greater accomplishments in the civil engineering community. We have placed a mark of distinction on more than 120,000 students, recognized more than 2,200 Chapter Honor Members and 64 National Honor Members withing the civil engineering community. Many of our members have gone on to become leaders of industry, prominent educators, engineers tasked with maintaining and improving the world's basic infrastructure.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarships, Fellowships and Teaching Awards

Awards of 22 annual scholarships, of 11 Outstanding Teachers, of one Harold T. Larson (award), and of one National Honor Member; taking in some 2500 new members yearly.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Chi Epsilon's goal is to foster excellence, connectivity and engagement among those in the civil engineering community. Our goal is to raise awareness and funding for our program at all institutions offering ABET/EAC, or recognized equivalent, accredited civil engineering programs. We will do this by recognizing excellence and achievement in academic and professional endeavors, upholding the integrity and responsibility of the civil engineering profession by our service, educating and encouraging our members to improve our world through innovative and impactful solutions, and connecting our members while engaging the broader engineering community.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Chi Epsilon, is working to develop a new five-year strategic plan which is geared to increasing the percentage of eligible students eligible for membership, installing new chapters, engaging alumni by increased awareness of chapter activities, and establishing a sustainable financial foundation for the national organization.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We are gearing up to provide expanded benefits to our members by improving communications, developing a modernized website, improving use of social media, adding staff to facilitate chapter and national operations and modifying network and database operations to streamline interaction between candidates, members, alumni and the national office.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Components of the strategic plan contain clear and measurable goals, which include metrics with annual benchmarks. These will be tracked and adjusted as necessary. Significant attention will be given to monitoring the progress of fundraising and alumni engagement. Ultimately, the success of the plan will be observed through increased student and volunteer participation in local, district and national events, expanded member donations, and adding new chapters to the national program.

  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are finishing up the initial build on our new member services database and community hub. These systems will become operational in the fall of 2016 and new modules will be added as completed. We are pulling together a team of students from several disciplines to develop and sustain the Society's publications program. This program is anticipated to operational by the first of 2017.

    We are beginning to establish marketing and branding ideas for our next 100-years of service. We are also taking a hard look at our governance documents regarding relevancy to the student experience of today.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Presently have active Chi Epsilon student chapters in all but five states. We are, however, working to place active Chi Epsilon Chapters in these areas. Additionally, the national organization is moving toward placing chapters in Mexico and Canada.

Social Media

Funding Needs

At the present time, Chi Epsilon is in the process of designing and developing a new member services database and communications system to improve member connectivity and engagement. When fully implemented, the system will provide opportunities for members to interact with others, post and read blogs associated with individuals, chapters, districts and the national society. The system will allow chapters to schedule initiation events, update records and utilize dynamic reporting capabilities to stay in touch with it's members. Chi Epsilon is getting ready to move into our second 100-years of service to the Civil Engineering Community. Accordingly, we will be creating two endowments which will provide long-term supplemental funding for Society operations and awards of Scholarships and Fellowships.

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CHI EPSILON INCORPORATED UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Executive Director / Secretary

Dr. Glenn C. Goss

BIO

Dr. Goss presently serves as the Society's third Executive Secretary. He received degrees from Memphis State University (BSCE, 1975 and MSCE, 1978) and the University of Texas at Arlington (PhD, 1995). He was employed by Barrow Agee Laboratories / Peabody Testing from 1973 to 1976 providing materials testing and engineering services on materials used in the construction of the Alyeska pipeline project and at Waterford 3 nuclear power station. While at MSU he taught soil mechanics, surveying and FORTRAN programing. From 1978 to 1992, Mr. Goss worked as a consulting geotechnical engineer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His experience encompasses projects that include multi- and single-story buildings, bridges, subdivisions, elevated storage facilities, airfields, embankment designs, pavement evaluations, and landfill investigations. From 1995 through 1996, Dr. Goss was responsible for instruction of the undergraduate and graduate level course work at UTA. Since 1992 he has been working as a geotechnical, materials, and forensic engineering consultant providing consulting services to members of the local engineering and legal community, insurance firms, municipalities and homeowners.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Thomas F. Wolff

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