Eta Kappa Nu is a unique membership organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the electrical and computer engineering fields. Members consist of students, alumni, and other professionals who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional accomplishments. Student members are selected on the basis of scholastic standing, character, and leadership. Through a variety of service programs and leadership training, student members develop lifelong skills that earmark them for prominent positions in industry and academia. Members are much better prepared for the post-college world and are especially valuable and attractive to employers. They are recognized as extremely capable, both technically and professionally.
After graduation, members continue their HKN involvement through their university chapters, volunteering for HKN committees and receiving information on HKN activities.
To further recognize excellence, HKN conducts award programs to recognize professional leaders, exceptional educators, outstanding students, young ECE professionals, outstanding chapters, and effective faculty advisors.
For more than 100 years, Eta Kappa Nu has embraced excellence. In the years ahead, HKN will continue to reinvent itself to meet the needs of its 200,000+ members, the institutions they serve, and our overall society.
The overall governance of HKN is the responsibility of the Board of Governors, a volunteer organization of HKN members that have prominent positions in academia and industry. The Board consists of a president, vice president, past president, secretary, and treasurer, each of whom serves a one-year term. Six directors, four representing each of HKN's geographic regions and two at-large, serve three-year terms.
The HKN Headquarters is managed by the International Engineering Consortium (IEC), a nonprofit educational organization that serves industry and academia. IEC's Executive Vice President, Roger Plummer, also serves as the Executive Director of HKN. The Executive Director is the chief operating executive of HKN and is supported by IEC staff members who perform the myriad of functions necessary to the success of HKN.
HKN has approximately 200 chartered chapters. Each chapter is student-led and capably guided by a faculty advisor. Students having achieved the required academic standing and also having significant leadership and exceptional character qualities are invited to become HKN members. Typically, chapters consist of junior and senior students majoring in electrical and computer engineering.