HKN - Nu Chapter

The Nu Chapter of HKN is active on the Iowa State University campus.

About the HKN Association

The Eta Kappa Nu Association is the International Honor Society for Electrical and Computer Engineers. There are approximately 200 chapters and 175,000 members in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Members are elected primarily from the junior and senior classes of accredited undergraduate programs. However, graduate students and distinguished professional engineers are also eligible. Eligibility depends on indicators that a candidate will be or is a success in their professional career. These indicators include evidence of scholarship, personal character, useful voluntary services, and distinguished accomplishments. For undergraduate students eligibility depends largely on their records established during the first two or three years in college.


Eta Kappa Nu has a broader purpose than merely to award scholastic distinction. Another aim is to assist its members throughout their lives in becoming better professionals and citizens. Members are to be a constructive force, helping members and non-members to improve the standards of the profession, the courses of instruction, and the institutions where a chapter is established in general. Chapter carries out these ideals in the manner best fitted to its individual needs and opportunities. An international organization that is elected by the chapters exercises general supervision and correlates the efforts of these groups. The "Bridge", the society's international quarterly magazine, keeps the members informed of activities and provides contact between graduates and undergraduates.


In addition to membership Eta Kappa Nu offers several award which encourage and give recognition to high scholarship and other significant achievements. The Outstanding Electrical Engineering Senior is awarded to the outstanding electrical engineering senior in the United States. The award includes a certificate, a monetary gift, and a trip to Disneyland for an award dinner in the recipient's honor.

  • The Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer has been awarded to many now famous people. An award dinner is held in the recipient's honor either in New York or Philadelphia. The recipient's name is engraved on a large Award Bowl that is kept on display at IEEE Headquarters in New York, and is presented a smaller version of the bowl.

  • The Outstanding Professor Award is given in recognition to an outstanding young electrical engineering professor. An award dinner is held at the recipient's university.

  • Eminent Membership is awarded to distinguished people in the electrical engineering profession. As world renowned as these people are they all considered it a unique privilege to be so specially honored by Eta Kappa Nu.

  • Outstanding Chapter is awarded to undergraduate chapters which have enhanced the prestige of electrical engineering through their campus and other activities. A silver plaque is awarded to the chapter presenting the best record of scholarship and activities.