Clemson University’s Civil Engineering Society, Chi Epsilon, initiated Gerald M. Glenn as a Chapter Honor Member on Friday, November 13, 2020. Glenn is a 1964 graduate of the department. Throughout his career, he served as chairman, president and CEO of the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company B.V. — a multinational engineering, procurement and construction company. Previously, he was a director of Fluor Corp. and a group president of Fluor Daniel Inc., its primary subsidiary. He has served as director of the Gas Technology Institute and a member of the Mid-America Committee, the 25-Year Club of the Petroleum Industry plus a number of other professional organizations.
Gerald and his wife Candace have been active contributors to Clemson’s College of Engineering and Science Leadership Circle and other projects, including the Fluor Daniel Engineering Innovation Center, and he has served on the President’s Advisory Board at Clemson. In the fall of 2011, Gerald and Candace established a $5 million endowment for naming the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering; a step that will have a lasting impact on Clemson University and on the civil engineering program.
Residing in Texas, he also serves as vice-chairman of The John Cooper School and is a board member for both the Montgomery County Women’s Center and St. Luke’s Hospital. They have chaired the Heart Ball fundraiser in both Chicago and The Woodlands, and Gerald chaired the metropolitan Chicago board of directors of the American Heart Association from 1999-2001.
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.
Fifteen undergraduates and one graduate student were also initiated during the on-line ceremony.