The University of Hong Kong, Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering in New Delhi, India, and Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S., Canada, are the first schools outside the United States to form chapters of IEEE–Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) since the two groups merged in 2010. The IEEE-HKN Lambda Iota chapter in Hong Kong was founded in January, the IEEE-HKN Lambda Eta chapter in New Delhi in February, and the IEEE-HKN Lambda Theta chapter in Halifax in March. They bring the number of chapters to 220.
IEEE-HKN, the international honor society, recognizes excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service and has more than 100 000 members, who were chosen on the basis of their technical, scientific, and leadership achievements. Members include undergraduates who are top students in their class, graduate students, faculty members, and professionals.
IEEE-HKN President Stephen Goodnick presided over the installation of the IEEE-HKN Lambda Iota chapter, which inducted 19 students, teachers, and professionals. IEEE Senior Member Paul Y.S. Cheung, 2012 director of the IEEE Foundation and former IEEE Region 10 director, was appointed the IEEE-HKN faculty adviser for the chapter. IEEE Fellow Victor O.K. Li, chair of the university’s department of electrical and electronic engineering, assisted with the installation and induction activities.
At Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering, Goodnick inducted 18 students and one faculty member. IEEE Member Rahul Bahl, a professor at the university, was appointed the chapter's faculty adviser. K. C. Tiwari, the college's principal, along with 200 guests, attended the induction ceremony.
At Dalhousie University, 17 were inducted. IEEE Life Fellow Mo El-Hawary was appointed as the chapter's faculty adviser. IEEE Fellow Ferial El-Hawary, past IEEE Canada president and past Region 7 director, also attended the induction ceremonies along with the school's dean of engineering and the head of the electrical and computer engineering department.
“It’s important that IEEE-HKN be just as international as IEEE,” Goodnick says. “We want to have an organization where IEEE-HKN members can gain international experience, which is very important for their future careers. As the world becomes more global, we need students and practicing engineers to think globally.”
BENEFITS OF BELONGING
Students who join IEEE-HKN participate in activities that can help them improve their leadership, communications, and team skills. IEEE-HKN also offers free services for job-hunting students, including help-wanted postings, interviewing tips, and résumé-writing assistance.
Members can network with other Eta Kappa Nu members, who include business leaders such as Brian Boulter, president and chief consulting engineer at Applied Industrial Control Solutions; James Fitzpatrick, assistant vice president at Science Applications International Corp.; John Kassebaum, chief technology officer and chairman of the board for the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and Andrew D. Zeitlin, senior principal engineer at Mitre Corp. Other inductees include IEEE presidents Gordon Day, Moshe Kam, and Pedro Ray.
IEEE-HKN has a special membership category, called Eminent Member, for individuals chosen after their careers have been well established. Eminent members, who have made significant contributions to society, include such high-tech leaders as Internet evangelist Vint Cerf, Google vice president; Intel cofounder Gordon Moore, the 2008 IEEE Medal of Honor recipient; and Qualcomm cofounder Andrew Viterbi, the 2010 Medal of Honor recipient. The list also includes 2007 IEEE president, Leah Jamieson, the dean of engineering at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind.
FORMING A CHAPTER
If you’d like to establish an IEEE-HKN chapter at your school, you’ll need at least eight students to start the process. They become the charter members and are responsible for selecting officers, inducting new members, and organizing events.