A scholastic honor society, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu has numerous award programs designed to promote and encourage educational excellence in electrical and computer engineering. These awards recognize outstanding accomplishments by students, professors, and industry professionals who make significant contributions to society, and who exemplify a balance of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. IEEE-HKN encourages Chapters and individuals to nominate all eligible candidates. For a full list of IEEE Educational Activities Board awards, visit EAB Awards.

Awards offered

Outstanding Chapter Award

The IEEE-HKN Board of Governors created the OCA to recognize excellence in chapter administration and programs. The award was changed recently so that all chapters, large or small, judged to have exemplary programs, have a chance of being selected.

Deadline to submit applications: 30 September

Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Student Award

This award recognizes outstanding scholastic excellence and high moral character, coupled with demonstrated exemplary service to classmates, university, community, and country. This program is administered by the Los Angeles Area alumni chapter.

Deadline to submit applications: 30 June

Outstanding Young Professional Award

The Outstanding Young Professional (OYP) Award—formerly the Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer (OYEE) Award—has been presented annually since 1936. It is presented to exceptional young engineers who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their career.

Deadline to submit applications: 1 May

C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award

Each spring, IEEE-HKN invites all chapters to nominate an electrical/computer engineering professor for the C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award.

Deadline to submit applications: 1 May

Vladimir Karapetoff Outstanding Technical Achievement Award

This major IEEE-HKN recognition for career accomplishment in the field of electrical and computer engineering dates from 1922, when the Board of Governors established the award in honor of Vladimir Karapetoff, an IEEE Fellow and a prominent member of Eta Kappa Nu.

Deadline to submit applications: 1 May

Eminent Member Recognition

Eta Kappa Nu established the Eminent Member recognition in 1950 as the society’s highest membership classification. It is to be conferred upon those select few whose attainments and contributions to society through leadership in the fields of electrical and computer engineering have resulted in significant benefits to humankind.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was initiated in 1971 to recognize those members who have devoted years of service to Eta Kappa Nu (or IEEE-HKN), resulting in significant benefits to all of the society’s members. The award is based on lifetime contributions to Eta Kappa Nu (or IEEE-HKN) and is limited to one recipient each year.

Deadline to submit applications: 25 May

Nominations deadline

Awards Nomination Deadline Committee Chair
Vladimir Karapetoff Outstanding Technical Achievement Award Monday following April 30th of each year Open
Distinguished Service Award Monday following April 30th of each year Mark Law
Outstanding Young Professional Award Monday following April 30th of each year Jon Bredeson
Outstanding Teaching Award Monday following April 30th of each year David Soldan and John Orr
Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Student Award 30 June John DeGraw
Outstanding Chapter Award 30 September Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan
Eminent Member Rolling H. Vincent Poor

Nominations deadline

See a full list of deadlines for all awards.

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