Chi Epsilon is dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession. To this end, initiation into Chi Epsilon distinguishes the student of civil engineering who exemplifies the qualities of scholarship, character, practicality and sociability. At the same time, Chi Epsilon members have the responsibility of extraordinary service in the achievement of their profession.
In 1991, a local Civil Engineering Honor Society, Psi Delta Epsilon was formed at Lawrence Technological University. The members of this group petitioned the Supreme Council of Chi Epsilon for installation of a chapter in 1993. In 1994, LTU received approval from the Supreme Council and the 116 existing chapters. On December 3, 1994, Chi Epsilon chapter 117 was installed at LTU.