Carnegie-Mellon University, Sigma Chapter

Welcome to Eta Kappa Nu (Sigma Chapter), at Carnegie Mellon! We shorten our name to HKN, for brevity’s sake. Chapters of Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, exist at nearly 200 colleges and universities worldwide. Members of Sigma Chapter at Carnegie Mellon University strive to serve Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and their fellow students through service projects, professional enhancement activities and social events. Sigma Chapter’s goal is to provide Carnegie Mellon ECE students with opportunities to meaningfully interact with faculty members, industry leaders, and their peers.

It is a distinctive honor to be recognized as a member of Eta Kappa Nu at Carnegie Mellon. Only the top one-fourth of juniors, one-third of seniors and select graduate students are offered admission to Eta Kappa Nu through Sigma Chapter.

CMU’s Sigma Chapter has over 228 current members. We are undergraduates, masters, and PhD students that strive to build a community within the ECE department — uniting students, faculty members, industry leaders, and their peers. Through scholarship, character, and attitude, we uphold the highest standards to be the best engineers we can be.

Membership requires a standing of top fourth in the junior class, top third in the senior class, and top third in the graduate students. Once inducted, the student is a member of HKN for life. HKN is very active on campus. Please take some time to view our activities, including mentoring events, corporate relations, student-led tours, and social happenings.

It is a distinctive honor to be recognized as a member of Eta Kappa Nu, particularly within the Sigma chapter of HKN at Carnegie Mellon University. Sigma membership consists of over 70 students from the Junior and Senior classes as well as graduate students. Our objective is to promote a greater level of interaction between students, faculty and corporate representatives in both academic and social settings. What we do:

:: Professional Connections Program – Eta Kappa Nu strives to connect its members with top professionals by hosting events exclusively for HKN members.

:: Community Building – Eta Kappa Nu seeks to support the ECE community at large. HKN sponsors a snack night every Wednesday that is open to the public, allowing students to get together and take a short break from work.

:: Mentoring Program – This year the mentoring program will be focused on a variety of new and innovative ways to connect with ECE students, including freshmen that are considering declaring ECE as a major.

:: Department Tours – Our members volunteer to give the popular department tours to incoming students considering ECE at CMU for their post-secondary education.

:: HKN Excellence in Teaching Award – Each year at graduation, our HKN chapter gives an award to a faculty member who has a clear dedication to undergraduate education and has made a significant impact on his/her students.

Region 2: Eastern USA

Section: Pittsburgh, PA (Pittsburgh)

Founding Date: May 19, 1923

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Last Update: 8/16/2021

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Carnegie Mellon University is a world-renown research university with strong programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Computer Science, Robotics, and Machine Learning. CMU is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is the home university of the Sigma Chapter of IEEE-HKN.

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what chapter members are saying

I would say that the most enjoyable part of being in the Sigma Chapter of HKN is the sense of community we have. We're always running events for the ECE department and for our members, which means you get to know other members and become really involved.

Chapter Member

I really enjoyed being in HKN this year. It was a great opportunity to meet and network with other students in the major, some of whom I did not know. It was particularly useful for getting to meet people who were not in my year. In addition, it was a great opportunity to speak with professors. I particularly enjoyed having lunch and learns that had a professor guest speaker. It was interesting to get to know more about their research, and ask them about a variety of topics, from graduate school to industry partnerships.

Chapter Member

Being part of the Sigma Chapter of HKN has been a great way to get involved, meet new people, network, and make friends.

Chapter Member

Joining CMU's HKN chapter is always a great choice!

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