Alumnus Profile: Daryl Beetner
Gamma Theta Chapter, Missouri S&T
Senior member of the S&T Center for Electromagnetic Compatibility
“HKN has been wonderful for our department. The Student Chapter is extraordinarily active, hosting events like a student/company Career Fair banquet, service work at local senior homes, electronics tutorials for undergraduates, a student laboratory ‘makerspace,’ and much more.”
Dr. Daryl Beetner is a member of the Gamma Theta chapter of HKN, and a past winner of the IEEE-HKN C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Young Electrical Engineering Professor award. He won the award in 2003 in part for his high level of educational research in the area of embedded systems, for his medical research in skin cancer and humanitarian demining, and for his service activities with the Toastmasters, Boy Scouts, and K-12 outreach, as well as for his service as a faculty advisor for the Gamma Theta chapter of HKN (a regular winner of the HKN Outstanding Chapter award).
2020 IEEE-HKN Awards: Call for Nominations
IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)’s awards promote and encourage educational excellence in electrical and computer engineering and allied fields. 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. Deadlines begin 4 May 2020. For information and a description of each award, click here.
The 2020 Award categories are:
To submit your nominations, visit the IEEE-HKN Awards Portal.
Spotlight On: The HKN Lounge at Purdue University, Beta Chapter
A Social Hub and Google-Rated Cafe that has Served the University Community for More Than 50 Years
By Nicholas Haythorn, Beta Chapter President
Eta Kappa Nu’s Beta Chapter was chartered at Purdue University in 1906. Unfortunately, the first few years were rough due to a university-wide ban on fraternal organizations. In 1913, the university lifted the ban on organizations, and the Beta Chapter was able to re-establish its presence on campus. The Chapter has been active since, making it one of the oldest continually active organizations on Purdue’s campus.
The HKN Lounge at Purdue was established in 1968, having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Historical knowledge among current Beta Chapter students indicates that the lounge has operated every semester since then. Beta Chapter students operate the HKN Lounge during both semesters of the academic year, except for the first week of the semester (to prepare) and the last week of the semester (for finals). “The Lounge” as it is affectionately referred to, is open to all Purdue students, faculty, and staff from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., five days a week. It is divided into two rooms. The Outer Lounge is a cozy space with tables, chairs, and couches for patrons to enjoy. The Lounge is usually full of students enjoying snacks, studying, playing “Super Smash Brothers” on the Lounge’s Nintendo Wii, and even occasionally napping. The Inner Lounge is a miniature café, selling donuts, bagels, coffee, snacks, sodas, and other treats to the Purdue University population. In its 50 years of operation, The Lounge has become a Purdue University institution, having 4.8 stars on Google.
Where Is He Now? Aaron Ohta
Delta Omega Chapter, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa
“I have fond memories of my beginnings in HKN as an undergraduate student. Through our Chapter’s activities, I formed lasting friendships with my classmates. These friendships were a highlight of my undergraduate career and beyond. I’m still in contact with many of my HKN classmates, who are now part of my professional and personal networks. I’m happy to be back at UHM, where I constantly see new students joining HKN and having similar rewarding experiences.”
Dr. Aaron Ohta received the Alton B. Zerby Award from Eta Kappa Nu in 2003 and is a member of the Delta Omega Chapter at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). He received his BS degree from UHM, his MS degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his PhD degree from the University of California, Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering. In 2009, he joined the UHM Department of Electrical Engineering as an Assistant Professor. He is still at UHM, and is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering. He was also a visiting researcher at the Dept. of Advanced Robotics at the Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan.
His research focuses on microfabricated and microfluidic devices and systems for a variety of applications, including biomedical research, tissue engineering, drug discovery, and reconfigurable circuits for wireless communication systems. He has authored over 150 publications in microelectromechanical systems and microfluidics.
Dr. Ohta was a recipient of the 2012 University of Hawaii (UH) Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research and the 2015 UH Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, the ten-campus UH System’s most prestigious research and teaching award, respectively. He is currently an Associate Vice President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s Technical Activities Board. He is also the faculty advisor to UHM’s IEEE Student Branch.
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 ’em, send ’em 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? Take a look at the many items, including lapel pins, computer decals, magnets and neck ties or scarves, in stock at the HKN store on our website. We also have frames for your Induction Certificate.
If you need a replacement certificate, you may order one by clicking here.