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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, character, and attitude. The vision of these inspired young men was to promote the highest ideals of the engineering profession and form an organization where professionals and students help each other.

Founders Day is a way for us to share the Eta Kappa Nu story, raise awareness of the value that an IEEE-HKN Chapter brings to a University, show the many ways a chapter serves fellow students and the community, and encourage industry to support us. Today’s IEEE-HKN students are the leaders of tomorrow. Let’s celebrate who we are and what HKN represents.

Congratulations to the Winner of the
“We Are in This Together” Chapter Video Competition

The Mu Beta Chapter at the Arab Academy For Science & Technology in Alexandria, Egypt is the winner of IEEE-HKN’s latest video competition is “We Are in This Together.” We asked our Chapters to show us what they have done to work, to mentor, to teach or to socialize together (even if it was virtually) during COVID-19. Thirteen chapters posted their entries to their social media channels with #HKNTogether so the entire HKN community could celebrate their strength and creativity.  Go check them out!

Watch Mu Beta’s winning entry:

Founders’ Day Pictures

Here are some ways you can spread the word about Eta Kappa Nu on social media on 28 OCTOBER 2020. Pictures submitted on social media will be picked at random to be displayed on our website.

  1. Use our custom-made HKN Snapchat filter!
  2. You can print out our celebratory template to hold up for pictures.
  3. Use #IAmHKN #FoundersDay for us to find on social media. Don’t forget to tag us! We would love to share it.


Remember to submit your Chapter Activity Report. Whether you send in a video, post on social media or host another Founders Day event, capture the details on the form and submit it within two weeks of the event.

Other ideas to Celebrate Founders Day:

  • Create an event or pledge activity
  • Invite alumni to submit social media pictures
  • Secure an IEEE-HKN speaker for an online meeting
  • Host a service activity
  • Screen the IEEE-HKN classic recruitment movie
  • Hold an online networking event to increase your contacts.

Make IEEE-HKN a trending topic!

Founders Day Video Submission

Deadline to submit a Founders Day Video is 15 October 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT)!

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Over the last few years, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu has been growing and expanding. The power IEEE-HKN programs and the impact our students and Chapter have on their communities is inspiring!

This year, IEEE-HKN celebrates 116 years. Even today, IEEE-HKN remains the dynamic organization that you may remember from the days you walked your EE building or campus center.

A few impressive facts:

  • Each year, 3,000 students take the oath of scholarship, character and attitude. This is 200% growth since 2010.
  • 25 new international Chapters were installed (with an average of 18 inductees per Chapter) including the first Chapter in Japan at Waseda University.
  • In 2019, IEEE-HKN students volunteered over 85,000 hours and held more than 43 large-scale events.

Support from Alumni and our Generous Donors have made this possible, thank you.

What is behind this impressive growth? The short version, IEEE-HKN is resonating with this generation. The longer version, enhanced training for student leaders and faculty advisors is helping them to more effectively execute IEEE-HKN initiatives. This training is critical and exciting because it enables students and advisors to comprehensively plan and work together to accomplish their goals. When students and advisors see what works and have the tools for success, they are able to exceed all expectations.

A tangible example comes from the Mu Nu Chapter at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. The Chapter’s goal was to engage students at the University. They recognized that ChatBots technology was trending among the student population. In response, they developed a series of events that spread the technical concepts behind ChatBots to the University Community. Through these events, the Chapter was able to engage more than 235 students. This is just one example of what happens every day around the world through active HKN chapters.

As mentioned earlier, this success is because of your support. In celebration of 116 years, consider the following ways to celebrate IEEE HKN Founders Day:

Ways to Celebrate Founders Day:

Founders Day – We need you!

HKN needs your financial support more than ever due to the impact of COVID-19 on our operating budget. In honor of our 116th Anniversary please consider a $116 gift. Gifts of any amount will enable us to maintain our program and support our members and chapters.

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Submit Your Founders Day Video

Please complete the following form to qualify for a US $100 Chapter credit in the IEEE-HKN store. Please provide as much detail as possible about your Founders Day 2020 activities.

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