Founded in 1904 by Maurice L. Carr at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) was originally established to help electrical engineering graduates find employment and gain footholds in their careers. The intention of the founding members of HKN was to recognize and prepare the future leaders of the profession. The Greek letters ΗΚΝ were chosen from the first, fourth, and last letter of the Greek word for electron: ΗΛΕΚΤΡΟΝ. In 1927, the HKN Shield and coat-of-arms were adopted, incorporating the Wheatstone bridge (and its ability to provide extremely accurate measurements).
For more than 100 years, HKN has embraced excellence. Today, IEEE-HKN is still dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the IEEE-designated fields of interest. In the years ahead, IEEE-HKN will continue to reinvent itself to meet the needs of its members, the institutions they serve, and society overall.
IEEE-HKN members consist of students, alumni, and other professionals who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional accomplishments. Student members are selected on the basis of scholastic standing, character, and leadership. Professional members are nominated by a current member and selected by virtue of their contributions.
The governance of IEEE-HKN is the responsibility of the Board of Governors, a volunteer organization of IEEE-HKN members that have prominent positions in academia and industry.
Make one of the most important steps toward your future success by becoming an active member. Membership in IEEE-HKN not only recognizes academic achievements but also indicates leadership potential, and connects you with valuable opportunities for your professional career.
Through a variety of service programs and leadership training, IEEE-HKN members are better prepared for the post-college world and are especially attractive and valuable to employers.
Learn from IEEE-HKN students and professional members as they share their experiences and what they’ve learned.