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The Zeta Eta Chapter of IEEE-HKN, located at Brigham Young University, honors excellence in engineering by recognizing the leaders of today and tomorrow.

IEEE Eta Kappa Nu, known as IEEE-HKN, is the honor society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization. It was founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1904 as Eta Kappa Nu. In 2010, it merged with IEEE, becoming IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, and is recognized around the globe as the one honor society that represents the highest values of our profession.

For more than 100 years, HKN has embraced excellence. Each member is expected to exemplify three primary tenants: Scholarship, Character, and Attitude. Today, IEEE-HKN is still dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the IEEE-designated fields of interest. The Zeta Eta Chapter at BYU recognizes individuals that excel in electrical and computer engineering.

A Message from the President

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Sequoia Ploeg

Brigham Young University

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. We too, as members of IEEE-HKN, adopt that mission as our own.

The Zeta Eta Chapter of HKN strives not only to honor and recognize high achieving students, but to also bring up all those around us. There are three guiding attributes we should all seek to develop and maintain, and are in fact requirements for election to HKN; these are namely Scholarship, Character, and Attitude. Many students at Brigham Young University already exemplify these attributes. As a society, we strive to help prepare future engineers to be honorable, exemplary, and accomplished throughout their careers.

I invite you to join us in this mission, whether or not you qualify for membership yet. We strive especially to include everyone in our department and alumni network. Working and learning together, we can accomplish so much more than when we all work alone. Learn more about our current initiatives, and if you have ideas of your own, please let us know. We are always trying to find new ways to provide value to both students and the department.

The Zeta Eta Chapter of IEEE-HKN can be reached through our Contact page or through the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at BYU.

BYU Electrical and Computer Engineering

321 Engineering Building,
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602