For Chapters

IEEE-HKN Founders Day is an exciting opportunity for Chapters to communicate the message of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu – and receive $100 in store credit from IEEE-HKN Headquarters for doing so! Deadline to submit Founders Day Report is December 7, 2018  at 12:00 pm EST!

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 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.

Please find a way to tell the IEEE-HKN story this October and celebrate Founders Day! Create an event or pledge activity, invite alumni back to campus, secure an IEEE-HKN speaker for a meeting, host a service activity, screen the IEEE-HKN classic recruitment movie, or hold a networking event to increase your contacts.

Make IEEE-HKN a trending topic! Tweet #IAMHKN to share your HKN story or experience! Together we can create awareness of IEEE-HKN and the value of our organization. Download a sample campaign image to use in your promotion.

How to Participate

Plan an on-campus event on or around 28 October to promote your chapter and IEEE-HKN.

Get your chapter started with Founders Day celebrations by requesting a Founders Day kit through this form. The kit will include IEEE-HKN branded materials, fun ideas and ways to host your chapters event:

  • Please make sure the address that you fill can receive packages. By clicking submit you are confirming that the address below is where the Founder's Day Kit will be mailed to.

Each chapter who hosts a Founders Day activity and completes the required online form on this page, including photos or videos from the event, will receive $100 in credit for the IEEE-HKN Store.

Please complete the following form to qualify for a $100 chapter credit in the IEEE-HKN store. Please provide as much detail as possible as to your Founders Day 2018 activities. Deadline to submit Founders Day Report is December 7, 2018  at 12:00 pm EST!


Should you have any questions about Founders Day or this report, please don’t hesitate to email

For Alumni

Celebrate IEEE-HKN Founders Day


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 114 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.
  • Six new international chapters and four United States Chapters were installed (with an average of 18 inductees per chapter) and , including the first chapter in Japan, at Wasdea University.
  • In 2017, IEEE-HKN students volunteered over 65.000 hours and held more than 31 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 114 years, consider the following ways to celebrate IEEE HKN Founders Day:

Ways to Celebrate Founders Day: