Professional membership in IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, like student membership, must be earned.

Candidates must embody the core values of Eta Kappa Nu, namely outstanding scholarship, impeccable character, and a dedication to lifelong learning and service. Membership will be based on the candidate’s record of contributions to the field, demonstrated leadership, and community service.

Professional candidates must be invited by an HKN Chapter at a university or be nominated by a current HKN member for induction into the Eta Chapter of the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors.

University Chapter leaders determine eligibility to join their university Chapters. Individuals who wish to be inducted into a University Chapter should contact the Chapter directly or HKN headquarters.

To nominate a candidate for Professional Membership into the Eta Chapter of the Board of Governors, please follow this link.

Below you will find eligibility and application requirements and evaluation criteria for the Eta Chapter. Please download the Professional Member Nomination Checklist before beginning your nomination.

Please read the information carefully and contact info@hkn.org for any questions.

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.)x

IEEE Membership Requirement & Induction Fee

  • A candidate for professional membership in IEEE-HKN must be or become an IEEE member (subject to applying and purchasing an IEEE membership).
  • 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.
    • The induction fee for 2022 is US$175.

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
  • Mathematics
  • Technical Communications
  • Education
  • Management, and Law and Policy

Education Component

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

Leadership/Service Component

The candidate for professional membership has demonstrated significant leadership and service to unpaid, non-IEEE governance, volunteer activities during the individual’s professional career.

The individual will demonstrate professional dedication and personal integrity by the giving of professional skills and 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.

Nominations

Please download the Professional Member Nomination Checklist before beginning your nomination.

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

It is up to the nominator to seek out two endorsers for each nominee. The endorsers will be able to upload their letters to the Nomination Portal.

Only online nominations will be accepted for membership in an alumni chapter and for the Eta chapter

Endorsements

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