IEEE Eta Kappa Nu’s Revamped Website Aims to Get Its Members More Involved

It’s easier to find the honor society’s chapters and learn about its resources

7 December 2017

IEEE Eta Kappu Nu (IEEE-HKN) recently launched its redesigned website to help members and others better navigate its many resources such as its 250 chapters around the world and its award-winning publication, The Bridge. The launch coincided with IEEE-HKN Founder’s Day, which is 28 October.

On that day in 1904 Maurice L. Carr and nine other engineering students at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois formed the society to recognize academic excellence and help members establish careers.

IEEE-HKN is made up of undergraduate and graduate students, professionals, and eminent members who have demonstrated exceptional engineering accomplishments. Student members are selected on the basis of scholastic standing, character, and leadership. Professional members are nominated by a current member and selected by virtue of their contributions. Among the most famous members are IEEE Life Fellow Vinton Cerf, founding father of the Internet and chief Internet evangelist for Google; Larry Page, Google’s cofounder; and Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.

“The goal of the new website is to provide an information hub for all things Eta Kappa Nu and to connect its growing worldwide community,” says Nancy Ostin, the society’s director. “These include training for officers and chapters, engagement opportunities for alumni, resource for best practices, and HKN history and programs.”


The website now has a more modern look and feel, and the home page is more streamlined. In the About section, for example, you can learn the process for joining and the benefits of membership. You also can read profiles of 10 prominent members.

The Chapters section displays an interactive map with a pushpin where each unit is located. Hover your cursor over one of the pins and the chapter’s name is displayed along with a link to get directions. Each chapter has a page that explains more about it. Want to form a new chapter? The site provides  the criteria and processes to establish one, and it offers a list of materials to submit. There’s also a link with information on how to reactivate a dormant chapter.

The Bridge section shows the current issue as well as archives that go back to 2011. The interactive digital magazine, published three times each year, contains news about the society and features on cybersecurity, drones, autonomous vehicles, and similar topics.

IEEE-HKN membership is a lifetime designation. Members are expected to gain and share knowledge with others in their fields and use their technical expertise to better serve their communities. Listed in the Alumni section are volunteer opportunities, like becoming a chapter advisor, writing for The Bridge, and serving on a society committee. Alumni living in Los Angeles, San Francisco, southeastern Michigan, or the New York metropolitan area can join regional chapters formed there.

The Get Involved section lists awards programs that recognize professional leaders, exceptional educators, outstanding students, young engineering professionals, outstanding chapters, and effective faculty advisors. There are nomination forms for each category.

From the Store link, you can order IEEE-HKN merchandise.

You can make an online donation through the IEEE Foundation to help support the society’s programs.

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