IEEE-HKN Lambda Iota chapter in Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong is the first school outside the United States to form chapters of IEEE–Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN). The IEEE-HKN Lambda Iota chapter in Hong Kong was founded in January 2012, and brings the number of chapters to 220.



The Name Eta Kappa Nu

In early Greece there was a philosopher, a “scientist” in modern day, who discovered that if a piece of amber was rubbed with a cloth a phenomenon would occur that could not be explained. Today, this “phenomenon” is known as static electricity.

The Greek name for amber is “elektron.” Written using early forms of the Greek letters we obtain:

Η Λ Ε Κ Τ Ρ Ο Ν  (Eta Lambda Epsilon Kappa Tau Rho Omicron Nu)

From this word, the English language derives the word “electricity.” From this name, the words “electron” and “electronic” have derived. From this, HKN derives its name. It uses the first, the fourth, and the last letters, namely,

Eta Kappa Nu




Eta Kappa Nu (ΗΚΝ) is the electrical and computer engineering honor society of the IEEE, founded in October 1904 by Maurice L. Carr at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The organization currently has around 200 student chapters and about 250,000 members. Effective 1 September 2010, hitherto-independent HKN became an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), making membership in the IEEE a requirement for membership in HKN. Membership in HKN thus became equivalent to an “honor student” member category of IEEE membership.



Part of the Chapters list:

Alpha University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Oct 28, 1904
Beta Purdue University Jan 1, 1905
Gamma Ohio State University Mar 21, 1905
Delta Illinois Institute of Technology Mar 23, 1905
Epsilon Pennsylvania State University Dec 4, 1909
Zeta Case Western Reserve University 1910
Theta University of Wisconsin–Madison Apr 30, 1910
Iota University of Missouri Jun 12, 1911
Kappa Cornell University Jan 27, 1912
Lambda University of Pennsylvania Mar 12, 1913

A list of HKN Chapters till 2012 from Wikipedia