Eta Kappa Nu, Iota Upsilon Chapter Mission Statement
Eta Kappa Nu's mission is to stimulate and reward scholarship and to assist members throughout their lives in becoming better professionals as well as better citizens. As a student chapter, we aim to accomplish this by providing academic resources, volunteering opportunities and general support for our members. We are here to serve our members to the best of our abilities.
The Iota Upsilon Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, the International Honor Society for Electrical Engineers and Computer Engineers, was chartered at the University of Washington on May 25, 1989. Dr. Endrik Noges, the acting chairman at the time, worked with students Ashok Kumar and Kristi Rodenhiser for almost a year in order to establish a chapter on this campus. HKN, as the society is often referred to, has over 150,000 members and 200 branches around the world, including chapters in over half of all the engineering schools in the United States.
Eta Kappa Nu was founded in 1904 at the University of Illinois for electrical engineering students not only to stimulate and reward scholarship, but to assist and encourage its members to grow professionally throughout their entire lives. HKN invites into membership students in their junior year of study who rank in the upper quarter of their class and senior students who rank in the upper third. Graduate students and distinguished professional engineers are also eligible.
Another purpose of the organization is to encourage its members to be a constructive force, helping fellow members and non-members alike to improve the standards of the profession, the courses of instruction, and the institutions where its chapters are established. Undergraduate chapters engage in a wide variety of activities on campus and beyond its borders to fulfill these responsibilities. These activities are numerous in kind and wide in scope, tailored to best fit each chapter's individual needs and opportunities.
An international organization, elected by the chapters, exercises general supervision and correlates the efforts of these groups. A quarterly magazine, the Bridge, keeps the members informed of the organization's activities and provides a means of communication between members, chapters, and industry.