A Note from the Chair, Dennis Leitterman

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

There currently are 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, of which I am chair.

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In our second edition, we share photos of activities happening throughout the HKN Alumni universe and share news about Founders Day and the Student Leadership Conference. We also are showcasing the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

We have a follow-up article by Jim Huff. You may have read the trials and tribulations of his induction into HKN in our previous issue. This is what followed that honor.

There is a note about the Installation of the IEEE-HKN Student Chapter at UC Santa Cruz.I share some experiences from a career panel discussion at the IEEE-HKN Student Chapter at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

 Thanks for reading. We welcome your suggestions for future editions. Feel free to contact me with your ideas and questions at: dennis.leitterman@yahoo.com .

Tradition Runs Deep with 115-Year-Old Eta Kappa Nu

In a shady spot under a large cottonwood, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, our founders saw the need for an honor society – one that by invitation would recognize scholarship, attitude, and character. The vision was to promote the highest ideals of the engineering profession and form an organization where professionals and students help each other.

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Alum Profile All in the Family

Brian M. Chandler, Xi Chapter of HKN

General Manager of Utilities, City of Troy, Alabama

Growing up, I remember two things hanging on the wall in my dad’s office – his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree and his Eta Kappa Nu membership certificate. My dad told me about his experiences to earn both achievements and what they meant to him. My goal was to one day have both on my wall with my name on them. The standard of excellence for HKN motivated me throughout my academic endeavors and continues to motivate me during my engineering career. My own HKN certificate from Xi Chapter (Auburn University) hangs in a place of honor on my wall along with my Electrical Engineering degree.


Spotlight On: The San Francisco Bay Area Alumni Chapter

Established in 2017, the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) Alumni Chapter re-energized and expanded the reach of the former San Francisco Alumni Chapter. 

The San Francisco Alumni Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu was active from 1926 to 1957. In September 2017, Tom Coughlin led the effort to organize an IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Alumni Chapter for the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA). The first meeting of the group was held at San Jose State University on 27 September 2017. Officer elections were held, and future meeting plans were discussed.  Election results were:

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IEEE-HKN Student Chapter Installed at UC Santa Cruz

On 3 October 2018, a new IEEE-HKN Student Chapter was installed at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). This chapter, Mu Phi, became the 261st Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu.

2018 IEEE-HKN President Steve Watkins was in San Jose for the 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, and drove to Santa Cruz to preside over the installation and induction ceremony. Marco Rolandi, ECE Department Chair, and nine students were inducted. I spoke during the ceremony, and signed the chapter journal. After the ceremony at UCSC, we had dinner at the West End Tap and Kitchen.

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Inspire and Be Inspired by HKN Students at the 2019 Student Leadership Conference

Join us at Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA from 1-3 November for the 2019 Student Leadership Conference. Hands-on workshops, career and professional development sessions, an awards dinner overlooking Boston Harbor and a human levitation device will be part of the program.

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Baby, It’s You … And Eta Kappa Nu

Check out these cuties: Claire Leigh Kaber, daughter of David Kaber of the Eta Chapter, and Spencer Nagel, son of Jacquelyn Nagel, a Gamma Theta member.

Have a baby in your life? 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.

Who Will Be the 2019 HKN Outstanding Student?

Members of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu pour over nominations for the 2019 Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Student Award. It’s a true labor of love for this Alumni Chapter, who

administers the program, to identify the top HKN student worldwide for this prestigious award. The 2019 award winner will be announced this fall, and the award will be presented at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA)  conference in March 2020. Clockwise from far left: Dick Cockrum, Don Stoica, Jimmie Huff, Alan Willson, Barbara Guerrero and Art Sutton.

The Next Step: Graduate School

After LA Alumni Chapter Member Jimmy Huff was inducted into HKN, the fun really began – landing a US$1-an-hour job at his graduate school, playing a honky-tonk piano at a pizza joint and getting his first big break. 

You may have read the trials and tribulations of my induction into HKN in a previous issue. This is what followed that honor.

I received my B.S. in Electrical Engineering in June 1962. Having become a member of HKN, my self-confidence was bolstered to the limit, so I decided to continue my education and earn an M.S. in my chosen field.

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Alum Profile: Where Is He Now?

Andrew Sears, Gamma Theta Chapter of HKN

President of City Vision University and co-founder of the Christian Higher Education Innovation Alliance

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!

Dr. Andrew Sears, the Alton B. Zerby Award from Eta Kappa Nu in 1995, has spent the last 20 years living and working among the poor in Christian ministries focused on educating underserved populations. He is the founder of the nonprofit TechMission, which developed a network of more than 500 ministries using technology for education for the poor (www.techmission.org).

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Alumni in the Hot Seat

The questions kept rolling in at a Career Panel held for the IEEE-HKN Gamma Theta Student Chapter at Missouri University of Science and Technology in April 2019. 

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