Professional Membership Candidacy

A candidate for professional membership may be inducted into a student chapter, an alumni chapter, or the Eta chapter of the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors (BoG).

There is a one-time fee for professional members set annually by the BoG ($100).

The professional membership is subject to the operations manual and governing documents of IEEE-HKN. (Candidates for membership as undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty are subject to different eligibility criteria and procedures as specified by the operations manual and governing documents of IEEE-HKN.)

 

Nomination and endorsements for Professional candidates to be inducted in a student chapter

One nominator in addition to two endorsements is required

A nomination form must be submitted for membership in a student chapter and the department chair (or higher) or faculty advisor must serve as the nominator.

A total of 2 endorsements are required.

For nominations in a student chapter, the following applies.

  • One endorsement by a member of IEEE-HKN (any grade including student).
  • One endorsement by a faculty member (the department chair (or higher) or the faculty advisor may be an endorser when not the nominator.) The faculty member endorser does not have to be an IEEE-HKN member if the university position of the endorser is department chair or higher.

A current member of the IEEE-HKN BoG is eligible to be an endorser

Nomination and endorsements for candidates to be inducted in an alumni chapter and the Eta chapter of the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors

One nominator in addition to two endorsements is required

The nominator must be a member (any grade including student) of the IEEE and IEEE-HKN

A current member of the IEEE-HKN BoG is eligible to be a nominator

Only on-line nominations will be accepted for membership in an alumni chapter and for the Eta chapter

A total of 2 endorsements are required.

For nominations in an alumni chapter or the Eta chapter, the following applies.

  • One endorsement by a member of IEEE-HKN (any grade including student)
  • One endorsement by an individual directly familiar with the unpaid, non-IEEE governance, volunteer contributions of the candidate (IEEE-HKN membership is required for endorsers of an alumni chapter nomination and IEEE-HKN membership is not required for endorsers of an Eta chapter nomination)

 

A current member of the IEEE-HKN BoG is eligible to be an endorser

Only on-line endorsements will be accepted for membership in an alumni chapter and the Eta chapter.  The nomination package will be evaluated by a review committee.

IEEE Membership

A candidate for professional membership in IEEE-HKN does not have to be an IEEE member

If inducted into IEEE-HKN, the professional member must pay the Professional Member Induction Fee as established annually by the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors, and should be or become an IEEE member (subject to applying and purchasing an IEEE membership).

All Professional Members must attend and participate in an official IEEE-HKN induction ceremony approved by the Board of Governors.

Evaluation Criteria

The candidate for professional membership is not a student.

The candidate for professional membership has been a practicing engineer for 10 years in the technical fields of interest of the IEEE defined fields of interest, or a member of the Faculty of an active IEEE-HKN Chapter.

IEEE designated fields of interest are as follows:

  • Engineering
  • Computer sciences and information technology
  • Physical sciences
  • Biological and medical sciences
  • Technical communications, education, management, law and policy

Education receives credit towards years of service as follows

  • The candidate with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent will be credited with 3 years of professional service
  • The candidate with master’s degree of equivalent will be credited with 4 years of professional service
  • The candidate PhD degree or equivalent will be credited with 5 years of professional service

The candidate for professional membership has demonstrated significant leadership and service to unpaid, non-IEEE governance, volunteer activities during the individual’s professional career.  (IEEE governance includes IEEE activities as an officer, board member, editor-in-chief, section/chapter officer, conference committees, etc. in which one votes on budgets, policies, schedules, etc.)

The individual will demonstrate professional dedication by the giving of professional skills freely and without desire for personal gain.  The individual will demonstrate personal integrity by the giving of personal time freely and without desire for personal gain.

Service can include, but is not limited to

  • Charitable activities
  • Community service and involvement activities
  • Humanitarian service and involvement activities
  • Educational activities
  • Technical activities
  • Mentoring

The specific, personal contributions of the individual are must be documented. Service could be in support of the IEEE, or one of its defined fields of interest, but that is not a requirement.

Examples of service activities are given below:

  • Participating on awards and scholarship committees
  • Speaking to community or student groups
  • Supporting youth organizations, competitions, and events
  • Participating in college advisory committees, pre-college programs, tutoring, etc.
  • Supporting amateur radio events
  • Participating on school boards, community committees, etc.
  • Involvement in charities, churches, museums, etc.
  • Activities related to conservation, humanitarian, and other not-profit outreach programs
  • The following are examples of nominees with satisfactory service (assumes that the years and endorsement requirements are met):

Case 1: A nominee has participated on an IEEE regional awards committee for three years and has volunteered at a local fundraising event at a local school for two years.

Case 2:  A nominee is an officer in a amateur radio club, has organized a fox hunt event for three years, and has judged at a local science fair for two years.

Case 3: A nominee has given technical talks to ten community/student groups, has assisted with a FIRST Robotics team for two years, and has taught at local church for five years.