Congratulations, 2019-2020 Outstanding Chapter Winners!

The IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) Board of Governors is excited to announce the Outstanding Chapter Award winners for the 2019-2020 Academic year. Watch our video recognizing these Chapters.

The 21 Chapters recognized represent the top 15 percent of the Chapters worldwide. The Outstanding Chapter Award (OCA) recognizes excellence in IEEE-HKN Chapters for their activities. The award is based on the content and description of Chapter activities that are contained in the Annual Chapter Report, which summarizes the Chapter’s activities from the previous academic year.

For the purposes of this award, emphasis is on service activities to the department, school, community and Chapter. Equally important is promoting the goals of IEEE-HKN by inducting as many eligible undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty in the IEEE designated technical fields of interest as possible and by participating in IEEE-HKN student Chapter projects.

Each recipient Chapter was recognized at the 2021 IEEE-HKN Graduation Celebration. They also will receive an engraved plaque.

Congratulations to the honorees and thank you all for your service to IEEE-HKN, your university and your community.

The 2019-2020 Outstanding Chapter Award recipients are:

Alpha                                    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Beta                                       Purdue University

Beta Epsilon                        University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Beta Eta                                North Carolina State University

Beta Theta                           Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Delta Omega                       University of Hawaii at Manoa

Epsilon Delta                      Tufts University

Epsilon Eta                          Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Epsilon Omicron                University of Delaware

Iota Gamma                        University of California, Los Angeles

Kappa Psi                             University of California, San Diego

Lambda Tau                        University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Mu                                         University of California, Berkeley

Mu Alpha                             UCSI University

Mu Beta                                Arab Academy for Science & Technology – Alexandria

Mu Nu                                  Politecnico Di Torino

Mu Rho                                Valparaiso University

Mu Tau                                Waseda University

Nu                                          Iowa State University

Sigma                                    Carnegie-Mellon University

Zeta Delta                             University of Texas at El Paso

Winners of 2020 IEEE-HKN Election Announced

New Members to Take Office 1 January 2021

Dr. James M. Conrad (top row left in photos below), current IEEE-USA President and Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, was elected 2021 President-Elect of the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Board of Governors. 

Dr. Conrad, a member of the Beta Eta Chapter, has served as the MGA Governor at-Large on the HKN Board since 2018.
The election was held 1 October through 1 November. The results were certified by the IEEE-HKN Tellers Committee, approved by the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors and confirmed by the IEEE Educational Activities Board. The winners of the other positions are (from lft to right after James Conrad): 
  • Christopher Sanderson (top row middle), Zeta Lambda Chapter, will serve a three-year term as Region 5-6 Governor. Sanderson currently serves as R5 Houston Section Chair and is the recipient of the 2020 IEEE Educational Activities Board Section Professional Development Award.
  • Hulya Kirkici (top row right), Xi Chapter, will serve a three-year term as Governor at-Large. Dr. Kirkici is a Professor and the Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of South Alabama and a member of THE BRIDGE Editorial Board.
  • Sean Haynes (bottom row left), Gamma Beta Chapter, will serve a three-year term as MGA Governor at-Large. Sean is a Software Engineer at Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems and was Program Chair for the 2020 IEEE-HKN Experience.
  • Sandro Sartoni (bottom row center), Mu Nu Chapter, will serve a second term as Student Governor.
  • Joseph Greene (bottom row right), Kappa Sigma Chapter, will serve a one-year term as Student Governor.

Great News! Induction Fee Reduced for Student Members

Great news for HKN students and initiates! IEEE has announced a special program for IEEE Student Members, reducing fees for 2021.

Starting immediately, the HKN student induction fee will be US $60 (down from US $72)! This new, reduced amount includes the one-time HKN induction fee and 2021 IEEE Student Membership. The induction form has been changed to reflect the fee reduction.

Student Members who are inducted from 18 December 2020 on will pay the US $60 reduced fee.

Students who were inducted into HKN or renewed their IEEE membership for 2021 between the dates of 1 September and 18 December 2020 are eligible for a credit on their 2022 IEEE membership renewal.

To receive this credit, eligible students must request it themselves. IEEE-HKN headquarters will send direct emails to all eligible students with instructions on how to request this credit.

We request you to share this news and the following instructions with your inductees.

Instructions for requesting credit on your 2022 IEEE membership renewal:

Chapter officers: Make sure to notify your members and take advantage of this offer yourself if you renewed your IEEE membership after 1 September 2020.

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Names Recipients of its Inaugural Madni Medal,
Distinguished Service Award and Outstanding Teaching Award

Contact: Nancy Ostin, Director, IEEE-HKN

Dr. Ming Hsieh, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Fulgent Genetics, Inc. and Fulgent Pharma was named the recipient of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu’s highest honor, IEEE-HKN Asad M. Madni Outstanding Technical Achievement and Excellence Award, for 2020, the first year the award has been given.

Dr. Hsieh was one of three individuals recognized by the Board of Governors for their outstanding contributions to IEEE-HKN, its members and to society at large.

All three will accept their awards at the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Awards Ceremony, to be held 7 November 2020 at 6 p.m. (ET). The program is the closing event of the IEEE-HKN Experience.

All three will participate in the live program.

2010 IEEE-HKN President Dr. Bruce Eisenstein, the Arthur J. Rowland Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University, is the recipient of the IEEE-HKN Distinguished Service Award for his exemplary volunteer service to the IEEE-HKN organization and its professional community. Dr. Eisenstein, IEEE President in 2000, was instrumental in the merger of HKN and IEEE in 2010.

Dr. Eisenstein, as the President of Eta Kappa Nu, was a major force behind the merger between IEEE and HKN, according to his nominator, Dr. Timothy Kurzweg, 2017 IEEE-HKN President. Dr. Eisenstein’s vision developed a path to bring an honor society to IEEE and ensure a strong future for HKN.

“This contribution helped every past, current, and future member of IEEE-HKN,” Kurzweg wrote.

The C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award was awarded to Jennifer Marley, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana for her excellence as a teacher, her contributions to the scholarship of teaching, and her mentoring of undergraduate research students.

“Professor Marley is an exemplary teacher,” wrote Douglas Tougaw, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Richardson Professor of Engineering at Valparaiso University, in his nomination of Dr. Marley for this award.  “She is brilliant, hard-working, and incredibly creative in finding ways to capture and maintain her students’ attention.”

Dr. Hsieh, who will receive a medal and an honorarium, invented a unique fingerprint modeling technique based on partial differential fluid dynamic equation and novel numerical representation for ridge flow characteristics of a finger print, which could not be described by current pixel-based image representation. This significantly enhanced digital fingerprint features beyond traditional minutia points & pattern classification.

Dr. Hsieh also invented the Programmable Matching Accelerator (PMA) for high-speed fingerprint matching, which with novel image processing, recognition algorithms, and massive parallel and super pipeline dataflow hardware architecture, revolutionized the automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS).

The AFIS combined with novel feature extraction algorithms and new non-heuristic search methods for matching of fingerprint features dramatically reduced computational complexity and implementation cost. The PMA achieved stellar fingerprint matching accuracy enabling an unprecedented performance of AFIS.

AFIS has had a worldwide impact: At the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cogent (another company founded by Dr. Hsieh), built a crime database, capable of capturing and searching a crime scene fingerprint of palm print from any part of finger/palm prints. London’s Scotland Yard equipped its police force with Cogent’s handheld finger print mobile phone, instantly identifying suspects. In Europe it supports Eurodac, the world’s first and largest immigration control system. It has also been deployed worldwide to prevent voter fraud.

Fulgent’s technology platform for genetic testing for cancer offers one of the broadest test menus in the market, with the ability to customize unique gene panels, according to Shrikanth Narayanan, Dr. Hsieh’s nominator.

“This has created impact on cancer research, companion diagnostics across the oncology community on enabling personalized cancer treatments,” Narayanan wrote.

The IEEE-HKN Asad M. Madni Outstanding Technical Achievement and Excellence Award, is the honor society’s first endowed award, made possible through a generous contribution from the IEEE-HKN Asad, Gowhartaj and Jamal Madni Family Fund of the IEEE Foundation. The award is named for IEEE life fellow, IEEE-HKN Eminent member, and member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering Asad M. Madni.

The IEEE-HKN Board of Governors established the award in 2019 to recognize and honor Dr. Asad M. Madni’s nearly 50 years of technical and philanthropic accomplishments and visionary leadership.

For more information, email

Watch the 2020 IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Awards and Recognition Ceremony now.

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