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IntroductionEta Kappa Nu (HKN) was founded as the national honor society for electrical engineering in the United States on 28 October 1904 by Maurice L. Carr and nine other undergraduates at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These founders created a lifelong membership designation for individuals who demonstrate potential for further career success and professional contributions. Membership qualifications were set related to the society ideals of scholarship, character, and attitude. The organization aims were to promote excellence in education, to assist members during their careers, and to serve the profession.
The ten founders were M. L. Carr, Charles E. Armstrong, Ralph E. Bowser, Carl K. Brydges, William T. Burnett, Hibbard S. Greene, Frank W. Winders, Edmund B. Wheeler, Milton K. Akers, and Fred D. Smith. They formed the first chapter, designated the Alpha Chapter, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and developed a national structure. M. L. Carr and E. B. Wheeler served as the first and second presidents, respectively. The Beta, Gamma, and Delta Chapters were chartered at Purdue University on 1 January 1905, Ohio State University on 21 March 1905, and Illinois Institute of Technology on 23 March 1905, respectively. As of 2009, the organization had more than 200 student chapters in electrical and computer engineering programs and had inducted about 200,000 members as students or as professionals.
Eta Kappa Nu has had a close relationship with the AIEE and IRE and then the IEEE. HKN student chapters and IEEE student branches organized many joint service activities and prominent electrical and computer engineers were often involved in both HKN and these professional organizations. Also, the cooperation included joint award and recognition ceremonies. This close relationship was extended in 2010 in which HKN became an organizational unit and the official honor society of IEEE.
The MergerBruce Eisenstein, President of HKN; Richard Gowen, President of the IEEE Foundation; and John Vig, IEEE President and CEO, during the IEEE meeting series in Puerto Rico, at a ceremony attended by more than 200 members of IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu. A restricted endowment was created in the IEEE Foundation to support HKN’s educational, societal, and recognition activities. In addition to holding HKN’s current assets, the new endowment received an initial donation of US$1.2M from IEEE.
The honor society emphasis on ideals of scholarship, character, and attitude and the distinctive symbols and general process for member election remained the same. Any person inducted before or after the merger may use the designation “Eta Kappa Nu,” “HKN,” “IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu,” or “IEEE-HKN” followed by the year of their induction. The new IEEE-HKN began chartering chapters outside of Regions 1-5 and the membership eligibility expanded to IEEE fields of interest.
The Transition and Beyond
IEEE-HKN continued its awards program. The Outstanding Young Professional Award, the C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award, the Vladimir Karapetoff Award, and the Distinguished Service Awards were presented as the IEEE EAB Awards ceremonies. The Outstanding Chapter Awards and the Zerby-Koerner Outstanding Student Award continued to be presented at the annual meeting of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEHDA).
The early leadership of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu is shown in the table below. Fern Katronetsky served as the Director of IEEE-HKN from 2010-2012; Nancy M. Ostin became Director in 2012. Steve E. Watkins became the volunteer Editor-in Chief of THE BRIDGE magazine and served 2013-2017.
|Term||President||Affliation||Chapter of Induction|
|2008-2010||Bruce A. Eisenstein||Drexel University|
|2011-2012||Stephen Goodnick||Arizona State University|
|2013-2014||John Orr||Worcester Plytechnic University|
|2015||Evelyn Hirt||DoE Pacific Northwest Nat’l Lab|
|2016||S. K. Ramesh||California State University, Northridge|
|2017||Timothy Kurzweg||Drexel University||Epsilon|
|2018||Steve E. Watkins||Missouri University of S&T||Gamma Theta ‘82|
|2019||Karen Panetta||Tufts University|
Many recent IEEE Presidents are members of Eta Kappa Nu; these include the following:
James A. Jefferies (2018 President), Karen Bartleson (2017 President), Barry L. Shoop (2016 President), J. Roberto de Marca (2014 President), Peter Staecker (2013 President), Gordon Day (2012 President), Moshe Kam (2011 President), Pedro Ray (2010 President), John R. Vig (2009 President), Leah H. Jamieson (2007 President), Michael R. Lightner (2006 President), Arthur W. Winston (2004 President), Bruce A. Eisenstein (2000 President), Kenneth R. Laker (1999 President), Henry L. Bachman (1987 President), Richard Gowen (1984 President), and Robert E. Larson (1982 President).
Eta Kappa Nu Page
Profiles in Engineering Leadership: Eta Kappa Nu's First Century Eminent Members - A book prepared by the IEEE History Center on behalf of Eta Kappa Nu.
IEEE-HKN: The Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, Steve E. Watkins, IEEE Potentials, 31(4), 19-21, (2012).
Eta Kappa Nu Web Page, https://hkn.ieee.org/