Eta Kappa Nu...A Worthwhile Goal
Let us acquaint you with the Eta Kappa Nu Association. It is the
International Honor Society for Electrical Engineers. A Chapter or Eta
Branch of Eta Kappa Nu has been established at your College, Company, or
City and at approximately 200 other locations in the United States,
Europe, and Asia. Outstanding persons are elected to Eta Kappa Nu
primarily from the junior and senior classes of accredited undergraduate
programs. Graduate Students and distinguished professional engineers are
also eligible. Eligibility, naturally, must depend on marked ability, as
evidenced by scholarship, personal character, useful voluntary services,
and distinguished accomplishments, all of which indicate that the
candidate will be or is a success in his profession. For undergraduate
students, eligibility must depend largely on the records established
during the first two or three years in college. Therefore, it is
important that you set your goal early and strive steadfastly, first to
do well scholastically; and, second, to give some of yourself to
carefully selected activities which will help your school and fellow
man. In turn, these accomplishments will bring returns to you as well.
It is for these reasons that Eta Kappa Nu is being brought to your
attention now. The potential advantages and opportunities created
through membership in this society are worthwhile goals. The scholastic
and related effort that it will take to become qualified will reap
benefits for you beyond your expectations. Eta Kappa Nu members are
marked people, sought after by the best companies for employment. This
factor alone is worth the effort it takes to maintain Eta Kappa Nu's high
While one of its purposes certainly is the stimulation and reward of
scholarship, Eta Kappa Nu has a far broader purpose than merely to award
a badge of distinction to scholars. As conceived by its founders and as
carried forward by its membership during more than two generations,
another aim is to assist its members throughout their lives in becoming
better professionals as well as better citizens. In turn, it is still
another purpose of the organization, that its members 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 generally where its chapters are established.
Each undergraduate and alumni chapter is carrying out these ideals in the
manner best fitted to its individual needs and opportunities. An
international organization, elected by the chapters, exercises general
supervision and correlates the efforts of these groups. A quarterly
magazine keeps the members informed of the organization's activities and
provides a means of contact between graduates and undergraduates.
Some of the activities and services in which undergraduates and alumni of
Eta Kappa Nu engage are set forth briefly below. Besides the membership
qualification, which in itself encourages and gives recognition to high
scholarship and other significant achievements, Eta Kappa Nu makes the
- Outstanding Electrical Engineering Senior
- In 1965 Eta Kappa Nu inaugurated an award to the outstanding electrical
engineering senior in the United States. The award includes an attractive
Certificate, a substantial monetary gift, and a trip to Disneyland for an
Award Dinner in his/her honor.
- Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer
- The most well known activity of Eta Kappa Nu undoubtedly is the award to
the Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer. This award was first made in
1936. In the interim years, many now famous people were among th
recipients of this distinguished honor. An Award Dinner is held in his
honor either in New York or Philadelphia. His name is engraved on a
large Award Bowl that is kept on display at IEEE Headquarters in New
York, and he is presented a smaller version of the bowl.
- Outstanding Professor Award
- Each year Eta Kappa Nu recognizes an outstanding young Electrical
Engineering Professor with an award Dinner in his honor at his university.
Very distinguished persons in the electrical engineering profession have
been elected to eminent membership of Eta Kappa Nu. As world renowned as
these people were they all considered it a unique privilege to be so
specially honored by this organization.
- Outstanding Chapter Award
- Eta Kappa Nu makes an annual award to outstanding 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.
Implementation of that purpose of Eta Kappa Nu which encompasses aid to
fellow man, the school, and the profession takes on various approaches as
Eta Kappa Nu's sound motion picture; "Engineering--A Career for
Tomorrow", was developed with the cooperation of the University of
Illinois. It has been used for many years in guidance work; and it has
gained worldwide reputation as one of the better films for this purpose.
- College Chapter Activities
- Undergraduate chapters engage in a variety of activities on the campus and
beyond its borders in order to fulfill their responsibilities. These
activities are numerous in kind and wide in scope.
- Alumni Chapter Activities
- Many alumni actively contribute to the aim and purposes of Eta Kappa Nu
throughout life. Some of their voluntary contributions include: serving
as officers or on committees of local alumni chapters and the
international organization; participating in joint and regional meetings
of alumni and college chapters; and promoting the ideals of Eta Kappa Nu
throughout the electrical engineering profession.
The Bridge is the society's international magazine. It has always
maintained a high intellectual level with cultural and broadening
articles to enlighten engineers about subjects outside the technical
field. The Bridge has become a forum for articles on the subject of
Eta Kappa Nu has grown steadily since its establishment at the University
of Illinois in 1904. In the first ten years, ten chapters were formed.
In the first fifty years, 56 chapters were in existence. In 1983 there
were approximately 200 chapters including branches of Eta in five foreign
countries and numerous Alumni Chapters in various cities and corporations.
Eta Kappa Nu continues to grow and to influence the progress of the
electrical engineering profession through its high ideals about
scholarship, character, and service to fellow man.
Wouldn't you want to strive for the distinction Eta Kappa Nu gives its
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