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Eta Kappa Nu @ Virginia Tech

Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society

About Us

Eta Kappa Nu (ΗΚΝ) is the international electrical and computer engineering honor society of the IEEE, founded in October 1904 by Maurice L. Carr at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The organization currently has around 200 student chapters and several thousand members. Effective 1 September 2010, formerly-independent HKN became an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), making membership in the IEEE a requirement for membership in HKN. Membership in HKN thus became equivalent to an "honor student" member category of IEEE membership. Originally headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, as a result of the merger its headquarters are now located at the IEEE Operations Center in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The Greek letters ΗΚΝ were chosen from the first, fourth, and last letter of the Greek word for amber or electron: ΗλΕΚΡΟΝ. In 1927, the HKN Shield and coat-of-arms were adopted. The emblem of HKN (incorporated at the top of the Shield) is the Wheatstone bridge.

On May 6, 1940, Eta Kappa Nu was founded at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as part of the Beta Lambda chapter. Today, we are part of 174 Chapters throughout the world. At Virginia Tech, Eta Kappa Nu currently has 66 active members that are part of 200,000+ lifetime members Internationally.

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Some of our most prominent members include:

Steve Wozniak (Co-founder of Apple)
Larry Page (Founder and CEO of Google)
Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman of Google)
Sabeer Bhatia (Founder of Yahoo)
Henry Samueli (Founder and CEO of Broadcom)
Irwin and Paul Jacobs (Founders of Qualcomm)
Amar Bose (Inventer, Founder, and Chairman of Bose)

2018 HKN Officers


Sydney Preview

Sydney Overton

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Junior

Vice President

Ariana Preview

Ariana Spalter

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Junior


Eliza Preview

Eliza Price

  • Computer Engineering
  • Junior


Tristan Preview

Tristan Froats

  • Computer Engineering
  • Junior

Activity Coordinator

Disha Preview

Disha Sardana

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Graduate Student


Hunter Preview

Hunter Morris

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Junior

Frequently Asked questions

How do I join?

To join, you must be enrolled in the ECE department, agree to perform two hours of community service, and meet the following criteria:
● Junior in the top quarter of your class
● Senior in the top third of your class
● Graduate student with a 3.0 GPA or higher

What is Power Hour?

Power Hour is a free tutoring service for all 1xxx - 2xxx ECE courses that we offer as part of HKN's service project. HKN members are required to attend at least one Power Hour per semester but they are highly encouraged to attend as many as possible. Power Hour happens every Wednesday from 7 - 8 pm in 335 Lavery Hall.

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