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IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), the honor society of IEEE, is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing individual excellence in education and meritorious work, in professional practice, and in any of the areas within the IEEE-designated fields of interest.


Who is IEEE-HKN?


The 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. Professional members are inducted by nomination of a current member, and by virtue of their contributions.

The founding principle of "identifying and recognizing the future leaders of our profession" has resulted in the high concentration of IEEE-HKN alumni in top-level positions at every major technical corporation in the US and around the world. Our alumni have a higher level of advanced degrees, frequently are published and hold patents, are entrepreneurs, have founded corporations, and hold leadership roles in academia and at the highest levels of the profession. Truly the vision of the founding members has been realized in the success of those who have been chosen and have accepted the challenge and responsibility of the designation Eta Kappa Nu.

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What does IEEE-HKN do?

For more than 100 years, Eta Kappa Nu has embraced excellence. In the years ahead, IEEE-HKN will continue to reinvent itself to meet the needs of its members, the institutions they serve, and overall society.

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 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. The intentions of the founding members were to recognize and prepare the future leaders of the profession.

Once inducted, a person retains the designation for life. To reconnect with IEEE-HKN, update your contact information, or inquire about a program or chapter, email IEEE-HKN Headquarters at


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Where is IEEE-HKN?

IEEE-HKN 2014 Student Leadership Conference group imageThere are more than 180 active IEEE-HKN chapters at colleges and universities around the globe, including in the following countries:

Hong Kong
South Africa
United States

Interested in starting an IEEE-HKN chapter at your school? Learn more about starting a chapter.


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IEEE-HKN Contact Information

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA
Phone: +1 732 465 5846
Phone: +1 800 406 2590 (US Toll Free)

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