Supporting Our Members and Chapters During COVID-19 Outbreak

As the news pours in from around the world of Coronavirus-related closures and quarantines and as universities move courses online, the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors and staff are sending our thoughts to our members and your families.

Your health and safety, and that of all our members is paramount. 

We are preparing a number of resources for our Chapters so that those who earned membership into HKN can still take part in the rituals and events even though they may not be able to hold in-person inductions, meetings and community service events.

A page will be added to our website to update our members on resources, recommendations and virtual options for Chapter operations and member experiences. We firmly believe that every person who has accepted an invitation to join HKN should have the opportunity to take part in the Induction Ritual, and take the same pledge that all of our members have taken since 1904. So, we are building the template for Virtual Inductions.

Also, we soon will announce a series of web-based workshops led by industry and academic leaders that are free and open to all HKN members worldwide. This will enable our members to stay active and engaged and network with one another in addition to those presenting the workshops. Please visit our website over the next couple of weeks for more information.  

Our HKN family is strong and supportive, and we thank you for being a part of it. If you would like to volunteer to help keep our chapters operating during the outbreak, please email Info@hkn.org. If you would like to make a donation to support HKN and our Chapters, as resources will be impacted as protective measures are in place, you may visit HKN’s donation page (organized through the IEEE Foundation) and choose the Operational Fund from the dropdown menu.

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).

Dr. Beetner went on to become the Associate Chair for Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and later the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He was able to continue making substantial contributions to the success of ECE students in both roles.  Since winning the award, his research area has shifted to the area of Electromagnetic Compatibility and has grown substantially. He is a senior member of the S&T Center for Electromagnetic Compatibility, one of NSF’s top I/UCRCs, where he conducts research for the Army, Navy, John Deere, Apple, and NExperia, and is a co-investigator on more than a dozen other projects. He remains actively engaged with the educational and professional community, recently serving as Chair of the Central States ECE Department Heads Association, the Chair of the University of Missouri Research Board (which funded approximately US$2.2M in research in Missouri each year), as an officer in multiple IEEE technical committees, and more.  He is proud to have won the C. Holmes MacDonald award more than 16 years ago, and of the work that HKN continues to do for education across the world.

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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.

A day at the Lounge is divided into 10, one-hour Person-on-Duty (POD) shifts, each of which is staffed by at least two active Beta Chapter members. Because The Lounge is in the basement of Purdue’s Electrical Engineering building and staffed by student volunteers, it can provide snacks and drinks at incredibly discounted rates. Breakfast at HKN, consisting of a bagel with cream cheese, and a cup of freshly brewed coffee costs just US$2.00. A student looking for a can of soda can find it for US$0.60, far less than any vending machine. If one was looking for a sweet treat, they could find any major candy bar for sale at US$0.90, or a donut for a US dollar.

The Beta Chapter does make a small profit from The Lounge. Funds are used to keep it in operating condition and also fund the Beta Chapter’s weekly “TG” events for its members (TG being derived from TGIF). Last semester The Lounge served 7,151 cups of coffee, and 4,332 bagels, donuts and muffins. The Lounge is primarily managed by three Beta Chapter officers. The Operations Director, Ethan Campbell, and his committee maintain The Lounge’s stock of snacks, drinks, and other supplies. The Facilities Director, Jackson Sanders, and his committees maintain the coffee machines, computers, and other permanent fixtures in the space. The Treasurer, Alain Chen, handles the finances. Beta Chapter is hoping to save up enough funds to renovate The Lounge in the next few years, enabling its continued ability to serve Purdue University and the greater West Lafayette area.

If you are a Beta Alumnus looking to take a walk down memory lane or just a curious reader, visit The Lounge’s website.

 

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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.