IEEE’s Honor Society Expands to More Countries


The IEEE–Eta Kappa Nu honor society for engineers celebrates its a hundred and twentieth anniversary this 12 months. Founded in October 1904, IEEE-HKN acknowledges tutorial expertise in addition to excellence in scholarship, management, and repair. Inductees are chosen based mostly on their technical, scientific, and management achievements. There are actually greater than 270 IEEE-HKN chapters at universities all over the world.

The society has modified considerably over time. Global growth resulted from the merger of North America–based mostly HKN with IEEE in 2010. There are actually 30 chapters outdoors the United States, together with ones not too long ago established at universities in Ecuador, Hungary, and India.

IEEE-HKN has greater than 200,000 members all over the world. Since the merger, greater than 37,000 folks have been inducted. Membership now extends past simply college students. Among them are 23 former IEEE presidents in addition to a who’s who of engineering leaders and expertise pioneers together with GM Chief Executive Mary Barra, Google founding CEO Larry Page, and Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su. Last 12 months greater than 100 skilled members had been added to the rolls.

“If you want to make sure that you’re on the forefront of engineering leadership, you should definitely consider joining IEEE-HKN.” —Joseph Greene

In 1950 HKN established the class of eminent member to honor these whose contributions considerably benefited society. There now are 150 such members. They embody the fathers of the Internet and IEEE Medal of Honor recipientsVint Cerf and Bob Kahn; former astronautSandra Magnus; andHenry Samueli, a Broadcom founder.

IEEE-HKN is celebrating its anniversary on 28 October, Founders Day, the date the society was established. A wide range of actions are scheduled for the day at chapters and different areas all over the world, says Nancy Ostin, the society’s director.

New chapters in Ecuador, Hungary, and India

Several chapters have been established in latest months. The Nu Eta chapter on the Sri Sairam Engineering College, in Chennai, India, was based in September, changing into the fourth chapter within the nation. In October the Nu Theta chapter debuted at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, Ind.

group of people holding onto knife and cutting into a white frosted cake with blue letteringStudents from the IEEE-HKN Lambda Chi chapter at Hampton University in Virginia have a good time their induction with a cake. IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu

So far this 12 months, chapters had been shaped on the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, in Guayaquil, Ecuador; Hampton University in Virginia; Óbuda University, in Budapest; and Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, the second chapter within the territory. Hampton is a traditionally Black analysis college.

A deal with profession growth

IEEE-HKN’s advantages have expanded over time. The society now focuses extra on serving to its members with profession growth. Career-related companies on the society’s web site embody a job board and a useful resource heart that aids with writing résumés and canopy letters, in addition to interview suggestions and profession teaching companies.

group of people posing for a portrait with man in front holding a piece of paper in hand2024 IEEE-HKN president Ryan Bales [center] with members of the Nu Iota chapter at Óbuda University in Budapest. IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu

There’s additionally the HKN Career Conversations podcast, hosted by society alumni. Topics they’ve coated embody ethics, office conflicts, imposter syndrome, and cultivating creativity.

The honor society additionally holds networking occasions together with its annual worldwide management conferences, the place pupil leaders from internationally collaborate on how they’ll profit the group and their communities.

Mentorship and networking alternatives

IEEE-HKN’s mentoring program connects latest graduates with alumni. IEEE professionals are paired with graduate college students based mostly on technical curiosity, desired mentoring space, and character.

Alumnus Joseph Greene, a Ph.D. candidate in computational imaging at Boston University, joined the varsity’s Kappa Sigma chapter in 2014 and continues to mentor graduate college students and assist arrange occasions to interact alumni. Greene has held a number of management positions with the chapter, together with president, vice chairman, and pupil governor on the IEEE-HKN board.

He created a professional-to-student mentoring program for the chapter. It companions folks from business and academia with college students to construct working relationships and to offer profession, technical, and private recommendation. Since this system launched in 2022, Greene says, greater than 40 folks have participated.

“What I found most rewarding about having a mentor is they offer a much broader perspective than just your collegiate needs,” he mentioned within the interview with The Institute.

Another program Greene launched is the IEEE-HKN GradLab YouTube podcast, which he says covers “everything about grad school that they don’t teach you in a classroom.”

“If you want to make sure that you’re on the forefront of engineering leadership, you should definitely consider joining IEEE-HKN,” Greene mentioned within the interview. “The organization, staff, and volunteers are dedicated toward making sure you have the opportunity, resources, and network to thrive and succeed.”

If you had been ever inducted into IEEE-HKN, your membership by no means expires, Ostin notes. Check your IEEE membership file. The honor society’s identify ought to seem there but when it doesn’t, full the alumni reconnect type.


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