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.
Steve Wozniak (Co-founder of Apple Computers)
Larry Page (Founder and CEO of Google)
Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairmean of Google)
Sabeer Bhatia (Founder of Yahoo)
Henry Samueli (Founder and CEO of Bradcom)
Irwin and Paul Jacobs (Founders of Qualcomm)
Amar Bose (Inventer, Founder, and Chairman of Boase)
To join, you must meet one of the following criteria, and perform two hours of community service
*Enrolled in the ECE Deparment
*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
Power Hour is a free tutoring service for all 1xxx - 2xxx ECE courses that we offers as part of HKN's service project. HKN members are required to attend to at least one Power Hour per semester but they are highly encouraged to attend to all of them. Power Hour is on every Wednesday from 7 - 8 pm at 130A New Classroom Building (NCB).