A Note from the Chair, Dennis Leitterman

Welcome to the first HKN Alumni eNewsletter! We hope you will find this a quick and easy read that informs and inspires.  

There are currently four Alumni-specific IEEE-HKN chapters: Los Angeles, San Francisco,  Southeastern Michigan and Greater New York, led by John DeGraw, Dennis Leitterman, Don Bramlet, and Charles Rubenstein, respectively.  These four chapter leaders comprise the HKN Alumni Committee, which I chair.

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Share your Passion for HKN: Volunteer!

Your lifetime HKN designation puts you in the unique position to help define the success of the Honor Society and its members. 

There are a number of volunteer options for you depending on your schedule, location and passion, including:

  • Engaging with a local chapter or your chapter of induction.
  • Speaking at a chapter on a technical or professional development topic.
  • Giving or arranging a tour of a company facility.
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Help Us Build the Ideal Alumni Program

A project to map the ideal alumni member experience is planned for fall 2019, and you can be a part of it.

The outcome will be used to make improvements to our Alumni program and outreach. A similar project was completed for faculty advisors, and the result was better resources, that are now available for them to help maintain and grow their chapters.

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An HKN Love Story

Sparks flew early for lab partners and Chapter Officers, who are now married.

Li and Liana met freshman year of college at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign while living on different floors of the same dorm hall. Both in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program, they kept seeing each other in classes, and Li kept mysteriously finding excuses to be wherever Liana was outside of class. Eventually, Liana caught on that he might kinda like her, and they started dating. Lab partners for most of their major classes, the couple supported each other through their difficult engineering curriculum.

One day, they received an email announcing that HKN was looking for new initiates. Always the more ambitious of the two, Liana persuaded Li that it would be good for their resumes to do it — and hey, it might even be a little fun!

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Share Your Artifacts

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

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IEEE-HKN Names Its Top Award for Visionary Leader and Pioneer

The Asad M. Madni Outstanding Technical Achievement and Excellence Award recognizes and honors his nearly 50 years of technical and philanthropic accomplishments, and visionary leadership.

The Award will be presented annually beginning in 2020 to a practitioner in the IEEE technical fields of interest who has distinguished himself or herself through an invention, development or innovation that has had worldwide impact.

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A Tale of Two Initiations

LA Alumni Chapter Member Jimmy Huff still breaks into a cold sweat when remembering his Informal Initiation. The Formal initiation was much more to his liking.

I have been informed by John DeGraw, President of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter of HKN, that I am the chapter member who has been an HKN member the longest. He asked me to write a brief paper about my initiation into HKN in February 1961 at the Beta Iota Chapter of HKN at the University of Iowa.

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Make Your Impact at the 2019 Student Leadership Conference

Your donation can help send a deserving student to IEEE-HKN’s premier event for professional development, leadership training, and networking.

Each year, hundreds of IEEE-HKN students from around the world gather at the HKN Student Leadership Conference to share best practices from their chapters, engage in professional development sessions, and explore technical topics impacting our industry.

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Born to Be Eta Kappa Nu

Check out these cuties: Dorian Watkins with proud grandfather, IEEE-HKN Past President Steve Watklns, and Lark Jones, daughter of Amy Jones and B.J. Jones and granddaughter of Robert Perrey. Steve, Amy and Robert are proud Gamma Thetas!

Have a baby? We will send you a baby bib! If you have a happy life event, please share the news with us! Send photos and notes to info@hkn.org

Spotlight On: The Los Angeles Alumni Chapter

Formed in 1937 and producing some of HKN’s most prominent members, the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter is the longest continually active alumni chapter in HKN.

The Los Angeles area has an extremely large footprint of HKN Student Chapters, with nine chapters (University of Southern California; University California, Los Angeles; University of California, Irvine; University California, Riverside; Cal State Northridge; Cal State Fullerton; Cal State Los Angeles; Long Beach State; and Cal Tech) all within a 50-mile radius. Our primary focus is the honoring and support of these Universities, their respective HKN chapters, and students.

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Setting A Course for Life after College

IEEE-HKN’s ‘Pathways To Industry’ workshop helped students prepare for the transition from scholar to professional. 

IEEE-HKN’s “Pathways to Industry” workshop brought together students and professionals to discuss personal career paths and share hard-earned insights, and offered practical advice for the attendees. It was held in partnership with ECEDHA on March 24 in Tucson during ECEDHA’s annual conference.

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