Student Leadership Conference 2017: Worldwide Engineering

The annual IEEE-HKN Student Leadership Conference was hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana USA from March 31 to April 2, 2017.

Thank you to everyone who attended!

See SLC'17 photos here!


Registration is now closed.

Category Fee
Students $55
Alumni $100


The IEEE-HKN Student Leadership Conference 2017 is sponsored by private donors and the following companies. Beta Chapter extends a gracious thank you to all who are sponsoring and those attending.

Many thanks to our Silver Level Sponsor
Many thanks to our Bronze Level Sponsor
And thanks to our other sponsors


We look forward to working with anyone who is interested in sponsoring the conference. The event represents a unique opportunity to support the absolute best future leaders in the electrical and computer engineering and computer science fields.

Sponsorship Contact

Example Sponsorship Packages

Hotel & Travel

Multiple Hotels can be booked through the group rate. State that you are with the Eta Kappa Nu Student Leadership Conference.

Realtime Updated list of hotels

Purdue University and West Lafayette are centrally located in the Midwest state of Indiana in the USA. The nearest airport is Indianapolis International Airport. Shuttles are available to travel to and from the airport. Please visit the Purdue Visitor Information Site for more information about traveling to Purdue.

Transportation to and from West Lafayette, including flights and airport shuttles, is not included in the registration price.

Purdue Visitor Information Site

IEEE-HKN provides up to a $250 reimbursement to chapters to cover student attendance. Additionally, a further $250 is available for faculty adviser attendance. Once the conference is over, information will be sent out on how to claim the reimbursement, normally just a simple matter of sending in an expense form and receipts for nationals to process.


Conference Guidebook

Get the Conference App or view the Guidebook online. Check your email for the passphrase.

Dress Code

We recommend a business casual dress style at a minimum for conference events. That said, do not hesitate to look your best! (In other words, business formal is welcome too!) Feel free to bring casual clothes for the evening festivities as well.

Conference Schedule

As the schedule evolves and finalizes, more details will be added. Program is subject to change.

Most conference events are at the Purdue Memorial Union (PMU) or the Stewart Center. Location names should link to Maps.

Time Activity
Friday, March 31
5:00pm - 8:00pm @ PMU Check-in and Registration (in front of the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom entrance)
6:00pm - 8:00pm @ PMU Dinner (@ Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom)
Opening Remarks
Venkataramanan "Ragu" Balakrishnan, Michael and Katherine Birck Head Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
Keynote: EPICS in IEEE
Ray Alcantara, Program Manager, EPICS in IEEE
Saturday, April 1
7:30am - 9:00am @ PMU Breakfast (East West Faculty Lounge, 2nd floor, PMU)
Welcome and Keynote (East West Faculty Lounge, 2nd floor, PMU)
Timothy Kurzweg, President, IEEE-HKN
Breakout Sessions
9:10am - 10:00am @ STEW Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) (STEW 214A)
Phi Nguyen and Hattie Larson, WISE Alumni
HKN Leadership and Scholarship Discussion (STEW 214B)
Nadra Guizani, Former HKN Beta President
Sutton Hathorn, Current HKN Beta President, Former Operations Director
Stephen Larew, HKN Beta Treasurer Emeritus
Dennis Ogbe, Former HKN Beta President
Artificial Intelligence and Ethically Aligned Design (STEW 214C)
Sara Jordan, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Tech
10:10am - 11:00am @ STEW Why Academia? Panel (STEW 214A)
Matthew Swabey, Director, Bechtel Innovation Design Center
Dan Jiao, Professor in ECE, Purdue University; former Intel Engineer
Tim Rogers, Assistant Professor in ECE, Purdue University
Todd Wild, Industrial Design Projects Manager, Purdue University
Student Advisory Council (STEW 214B)
Michael Benson, Student Representative Governor, IEEE-HKN Board of Governors
Intersectionality in Engineering (STEW 214C)
Héctor E. Rodríguez-Simmonds, PhD Student in Engineering Education, Purdue University
11:10am - 12:30pm @ PMU Lunch @ East West Faculty Lounge, 2nd floor, PMU
Aaron Novelle, IEEE-HKN Activites Program Manager
Michael Benson, Student Representative, IEEE-HKN Board of Governors
1:00pm - 1:50pm @ STEW Entrepreneurship Panel (STEW 214A)
Cortland Starrett, Founder and CEO, OneFact, Inc.
Kyle McNulty, Co-Founcer and CEO, Perceive, Inc.
Janet Goings, Global Innovation Leader, General Motors
Chapter Best Practices (STEW 214B)
Michael Benson, Student Representative, IEEE-HKN Board of Governors
IEEE Academic Program (STEW 214C)
Rui Costa, Founder and Coordinator, IEEE Academic
2:00pm - 2:50pm @ STEW Biophotonics: From Basic Research to Human Health (STEW 214A)
Kevin Webb, Professor in ECE, Purdue University
Awards, Scholarship, Sponsorship, and Support Panel (STEW 214B)
Dan Toland, Director, IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Program
Ron Jensen, MGA
Timothy Kurzweg, President, IEEE-HKN
Direct, Current: Professional Communication with Power (STEW 214C)
Richard House, Former President, IEEE Professional Communication Society
3:00pm - 5:00pm Group Photo (in front of Hovde Hall), Visit the HKN Lounge
5:00pm - 7:00pm @ The Anvil Dinner
Keynote: Global Communications
Kirk St.Amant, Professor and Eunice C. Williamson Endowed Chair of Technical Communication, Louisiana Tech University
Madelyn Flammia, Associate Professor of English, University of Central Florida
Key Chapter Awards
Sunday, April 2
9:00am - 11:00am Campus Tours

Food (The Best Part!)

The following meals are included with registration cost:

  • Friday, March 31
    • Dinner
    • Pasta with choice of chicken parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana, and Italian meatballs; tiramisu
  • Saturday, April 1
    • Breakfast
    • Buffet-style; garden vegetable scrambled egg casserole, southern pecan French toast with warm praline syrup, hash browns, apple smoked bacon
    • Lunch
    • Sliced roast sirloin of beef with mushroom demi-glace, vegetable casserole, ranch-smashed potatoes, chef's seasonal vegetable
    • Dinner
    • Lemon Pepper Chicken with steamed broccoli and roasted potatoes. (Vegetarian option: Pasta Primavera)

Chapters Attending

  • Epsilon Theta
  • Gamma Beta
  • Delta Omega
  • Alpha
  • Gamma Tau
  • Gamma Nu
  • Gamma Rho
  • Theta Kappa
  • Delta
  • Epsilon Eta
  • Psi
  • Alpha
  • Sigma
  • Beta Alpha
  • Sigma
  • Alpha
  • Nu
  • Epsilon Eta
  • Iota Omega
  • Kappa Lambda
  • Beta Rho
  • Sigma
  • Nu
  • Beta Rho
  • Gamma Omega
  • Epsilon Theta
  • Beta Rho
  • Epsilon Xi
  • Epsilon Eta
  • Epsilon Theta
  • Beta
  • Kappa Omicron
  • Gamma Omega
  • Delta Epsilon
  • Lambda Rho
  • Epsilon Kappa
  • Kappa
  • Beta Omega
  • Beta Mu

Activities in Lafayette/West Lafayette

Lafayette-West Lafayette offers a variety of activities to explore outside of the SLC schedule. For a detailed list of what our cities have to offer, visit www.homeofpurdue.com:. Here are some hand-picked suggestions:

Finding Trip Funding

IEEE-HKN provides up to a $250 reimbursement to chapters to cover student attendance. Additionally, a further $250 is available for faculty adviser attendance. Once the conference is over, information will be sent out on how to claim the reimbursement, normally just a simple matter of sending in an expense form and receipts for nationals to process.