Purdue’s HKN receives Outstanding Chapter Award
The IEEE-HKN Board of Governors has conferred upon the Beta Chapter of Purdue University the 2020- 2021 IEEE-HKN Outstanding Chapter Award. This prestigious award is presented to IEEE-HKN Chapters in recognition of excellence in their Chapter administration and programs. Chapters are selected based on their activities, community service and outreach, and the impact they have had on their Department, University, and community.
Of vital concern to the Outstanding Chapter Awards evaluation committee are activities that advance professional development; raise instructional and institutional standards; encourage scholarship and creativity; provide a public service, and generally further the established goals of IEEE-HKN. Purdue’s Beta Chapter was recognized, in particular, for the positive impact it had during COVID-19 restrictions. Members of the chapter accepted the award at the IEEE-HKN Awards Reception during the 2022 ECEDHA Annual Conference held in New Orleans, LA.
HKN is an Honor Society for students who excel in the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Beta Chapter was formed in 1905 and has since been continually recognized as one of the best HKN chapters. HKN Beta is best known at Purdue for the member-staffed HKN Student Lounge in the Max W & Maileen Brown Family Hall of Electrical Engineering (BHEE). The chapter also hosts companies for recruiting events, runs a student lab space, performs community service, and hosts weekly social events for members and friends It is advised by Steven D. Pekarek, Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III Professor of ECE.
Membership in HKN is limited to the top third of seniors, the top fourth of juniors, and the top fifth of sophomores. Graduate students are also eligible for membership beginning in their second semester of graduate study.