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IEEE-HKN Wins Top Award in Publishing Excellence Competition

By July 25, 2021 No Comments

The honor society receives its first-ever APEX Grand Award

THE BRIDGE magazine brings home its  8th consecutive Award of Excellence


PISCATAWAY, NJ — IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), the honor society of IEEE, is thrilled to announce it has won two awards in the 33rd Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence.

IEEE-HKN garnered its first-ever Grand Award in the competition for the “IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) Identity Guidelines” and its eighth consecutive Award of Excellence for its magazine, THE BRIDGE.

The APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. The annual competition is open to corporate and nonprofit publishers, editors, writers, and designers who create print, web, electronic, and social media.

A total of 1,172 entries were received.

The organization noted: “Overall, this year’s entries displayed an exceptional level of quality. The APEX judges saw only the most promising publications that professional communicators could enter. From them, they had the truly difficult task of selecting the award-winning entries.”

The “IEEE-HKN Identity Guidelines” are increasing recognition of the organization’s brand and has given the society’s 268 university-based Chapters a ready-to-use resource for developing promotional pieces, social media templates, letterhead, business cards, and the like.  Some 14 templates were developed in addition to a step-by-step guide on how and where to use them. The rules around the use of the society’s logo, colors and other brand elements also were explained.

The templates are widely used as evidenced by the social media posts Chapters have created and in the reports they submit to headquarters, said Nancy Ostin, IEEE-HKN Director.

The project was conceived and completed by Katelyn Brinker, Co-Chair of the IEEE-HKN Public Relations and Communications Committee; Stacey Bersani, IEEE-HKN Program Manager, and Caitlin Leshiner, owner and creative director of Tumbleweeds Creative Studio.

“This comprehensive resource has been embraced by our Chapters, and the organization as a whole and has helped all of these many parts come together under a single banner and have a shared reference point,” said Ronald Jensen, 2021 IEEE-HKN President. “I thank and applaud Katelyn, Stacey and Caitlin for their dedication to producing a terrific product.”

IEEE-HKN’s electronic magazine, THE BRIDGE, received its eighth consecutive Award of Excellence in the competition. The latest winning entry was for the writing of a series of articles that appeared in the October 2020 issue, entitled “THE BRIDGE: The Future of Renewable Energy.”

The issue was guest edited by Dr. Roderick Jackson, Laboratory Program Manager for Buildings Research at The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Ostin served as Managing Editor and Bersani served as Assistant Managing Editor.

The series discussed the future of energy generation, transmission and consumption and the paradigm shift needed to achieve clean, reliable, resilient, and affordable energy. Jackson enlisted leading researchers at NREL to write the articles.

“This article series is a valued outreach from innovators in engineering to the next generation of engineers.  Our student readers are exposed to key perspectives on timely technologies and to exciting career opportunities,” said Dr. Steve E. Watkins and Dr. Sahra Sedigh Sarvestani, Co-Editors-in-Chief for THE BRIDGE, who lead the volunteer editorial board. “Excellence in professional communications through the magazine reflects the high ideals and impact of HKN.”

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