September 2020 Issue

28 October through 7 November 2020

Network, reconnect and learn about trends and the latest technology in our industry during the first-ever IEEE-HKN Experience. This 11-day, online event begins on Founders Day, 28 October, and you don’t want to miss any part of it!

Find out what Bob Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet, is working on now as he speaks with Karen Panetta, 2019 IEEE-HKN President and founder of Nerd Girls, in a live interview on 28 October. You will get the chance to ask him questions. 

An Awards Ceremony will honor the recipients of the 2020 IEEE-HKN Awards:

IEEE-HKN Asad M. Madni Outstanding Technical Achievement and Excellence Award to Dr. Ming Hsieh, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Fulgent Genetics, Inc. and Fulgent Pharma: “For innovations in and commercialization of biometric identification systems and transformational contributions to modern engineering education.”

IEEE-HKN Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Bruce Eisenstein, Arthur J. Rowland Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University: “For exemplary volunteer service to the IEEE-HKN organization and its professional community.”

C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award to Jennifer Marley, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana: “For her excellence as a teacher, her contributions to the scholarship of teaching, and her mentoring of undergraduate research students.”

The 2018-2019 Outstanding Chapter Award winners also will be celebrated, and a keynote address will be given by Eminent Member Asad M. Madni, developer of the technology which is used worldwide for Electronic Stability Control and Rollover Protection in passenger vehicles.

Multiple sessions will be held each day. Come for one, come for all. It’s all online and free to you.

Registration will open soon, so save the dates. Look for more information on our website in the weeks to come.

    HKN Turns 116 on 28 October! 

Founders Day will be celebrated during the IEEE-HKN Experience, but you can prepare now! 

  • Use our custom-made HKN filter or print out our celebratory template to hold up for pictures and post to social media.
  • Donate to our campaign to raise US$116,000 to help fill HKN’s budget gap due to the pandemic. 

Learn more by following this link.

Register for the Career and Graduate School Recruitment Fair

5 November 2020 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EST) 

Join us for the IEEE-HKN Virtual Career and Graduate School Recruitment Fair. You will have the opportunity to chat with recruiters from top companies and graduate school representatives.

If your company would like to recruit talent from our HKN community, please see our Sponsorship Prospectus or contact Nancy Ostin for information.  

Participants Register Here

Join Our Online Community

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Donor Spotlight: Dorothy Schnabel


Beta Pi, 1953
City College of New York School of Technology
Retired from IBM  

In 1953, Eta Kappa Nu gained one of its most memorable members when Dorothy Schnabel was inducted into the Beta Pi Chapter at the City College of New York School of Technology. Having the foundation of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu helped prepare her as a student to be ready for an exciting, successful, and inspiring career in electrical engineering. She says, “One thing I was always thankful for was not only was I admitted, I was well accepted. I had good rapport with the students and the teachers, and was treated like a lady, something that didn’t always happen in industry.”

Dorothy started as a summer intern at IBM in 1955, while working on her master’s degree in electrical engineering. Her first project was coding on a computer used for national defense. In late 1959 she worked on a computer attachment to a supercomputer that was designed for code deciphering, for national security. She wrote microcode for the System/360 model 50, which she described as a “very exciting period.” A decade or so after, she was promoted to a Senior Engineer management position where she supervised performance evaluation of processors. It gave her the position needed to go to the IBM Systems Research Institute in New York City to teach and take classes.

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IEEE and HKN Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Merger

With their merger in 2010, IEEE and its honor society, Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), created a pathway for IEEE and IEEE-HKN to identify and develop future leaders in the IEEE fields of interest.

Ten years, 48 new Chapters, 26,000 inductees, and hundreds of thousands of community service hours later, IEEE-HKN is an engine for innovation and excellence.

“The leadership of IEEE realized this potential and enthusiastically bought into the merger, and many people worked tirelessly to make it happen,” says Bruce Eisenstein, 2000 IEEE President, 2010 HKN President. “We can look with pride at the result today.”

With 265 chapters in 20 countries, the honor society has provided IEEE a way to reach and bring into its volunteer and leadership ranks the best and brightest students, industry professionals, and academics. HKN offers a strong feeder system for IEEE societies since it is populated with ready and willing volunteers for STEM outreach, tutoring, humanitarian efforts, and committee and board-level positions throughout IEEE. Some 23 IEEE Presidents, and each since the merger, are HKN members.

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Generations: Father and Daughter Share HKN Bond

Richard M. Cratem, 1986
Sarah Cratem, 2017
Epsilon Sigma, University of Florida

By Sarah Cratem

All throughout my life, my parents have inspired me and pushed me to be the best I could be. Both of my parents graduated with their bachelor’s in electrical engineering and were a part of honor societies, including for my dad, HKN at the University of Florida. They nurtured my interest in math and science and encouraged me to learn at home too. I can remember watching my dad fix things in our house and asking him what he was doing and if I could help. I loved to play with his tools and try to understand how they worked. One New Year’s, my brother had a light-up hat that had stopped working; there was a wire that had broken. My dad went and retrieved his old soldering kit from college, and my parents soldered the wire, fixing the hat. I remember thinking it was the coolest thing!

In sophomore year of college, I received my invitation to join HKN. My dad encouraged me to join because he said many of his close friends were in it with him, and so I did. Last year I ran for the position of corresponding secretary of my Chapter and won. At one of our meetings, I was looking at our ledger of dues from past semesters. On one of the pages I recognized the handwriting, sent my dad a picture, and asked if it was his. Turns out he was treasurer of the Chapter when he was at UF, and it was really amazing to see my dad’s name and handwriting in the book, from when he was inducted and paid his dues to when he was collecting the dues. We both have enjoyed being in Eta Kappa Nu and it is an incredible bond we share.

What is your HKN story?  Please let us know. Send an email to

Despite COVID, IEEE-HKN Continues to Install New Chapters

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu installed three new chapters — our first two Chapters in Spain and another chapter in Florida — since July, and will add a fourth new Chapter in the coming months.

During an online Installation Ceremony on 17 July 2020, the Universidad Nacional De Educación A Distancia (UNED) inducted 23 students and 11 faculty as charter members of the Nu Alpha Chapter, and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) inducted 20 students and one faculty member as charter members of the Nu Beta Chapter.

On 3 September 2020, Florida Polytechnic University inducted 10 charter members of the Mu Omega Chapter.

The IEEE-HKN Board of Governors recently approved the petition of The College of New Jersey to form a Chapter. The Nu Gamma Chapter will become the 266th HKN Chapter when it is installed.

Congratulations to all and welcome to the HKN family!

Inspire Students in Today’s Virtual Learning Environment

In today’s virtual learning environment, teachers are looking for creative ways to engage their students. The TryEngineering Together eMentoring Program is key in meeting these challenges. It is an innovative, literacy-based eMentoring program developed in partnership between IEEE and Cricket Media.
The program connects adult volunteers (eMentors) with 3rd to 5th grade students in under-served classrooms. Via online letters, volunteers and their student penpals discuss important STEM topics covered in the articles you read together. All communications are delivered digitally through the safe, online TryEngineering Together platform. This proven learning program helps improve children’s reading, writing and STEM skills. Within a few hours a month, you will be able to directly impact children as they gain confidence in their STEM skills.  
The volunteer opportunity begins with a 1-hour training webinar in late October. Communication with your student begins in early November and concludes in June. There are a limited number of spaces available. If interested in volunteering, please register no later than 9 October (click Create an Account).
For questions, contact Lynn Bowlby.

Call for Memorabilia

If you are downsizing and planning to part with some of your HKN items, such as a Bridge Plaque, don’t toss them, send them to us.

If you would like to donate your Bridge Plaque, a paddle, a bronze casting, photos or other memorabilia, send it to:
IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu
Attn: Nancy Ostin
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854

HKN Merchandise on Sale Now

Want to show your HKN pride? Browse the many HKN items in stock, including lapel pins, computer decals, magnets, neck ties, scarves and even bandanas for your four-legged friends. We also have frames for your Induction Certificate.

If you need a replacement certificate, you may order one by clicking here.