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About Eta Kappa Nu



Eta Kappa Nu is the IEEE Honor Society for Electrical Engineers. There are over 200 chapters in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Students in the upper fourth of their junior class or upper fifth of their senior class can be elected to Eta Kappa Nu. Graduate students and professional engineers are also eligible. Eligibility depends on scholarship, personal character, voluntary services, and distinguished accomplishments. For undergraduates, the most important qualification is scholarship during the first years of college.



One of the purposes of Eta Kappa Nu is the stimulation and reward of scholarship. It is also dedicated to assisting its members throughout their lives in becoming better professionals as well as better citizens. Another purpose of the organization is that its members be a constructive force, helping to improve the standards of the profession, the courses of instruction, and the institutions at the locations of its chapters.



During his sophomore year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, Maurice L. Carr came up with the idea of establishing a collegiate society of electrical engineering students. He first mentioned the idea to a friend of his named Charles E. Armstrong or “Army”. Armstrong agreed with the idea and the two decided to share it with other classmates. Their first formal meeting was on Friday, September 23, 1904. Two days later, Armstrong and Carr effected a meeting with three other classmates. Soon thereafter the number of members increased to ten. During the next five weeks, the original members chose the name, emblem, policies, membership qualifications, and induction ritual for their new society. Then, on October 28, 1904, the first induction meeting was held. Otto Wiemer became the first formal initiate. The organization later received recognition from the university administration. The Gamma Xi Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu was founded at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1957.



The official requirements for candidacy in 2014-2015 stipulate:

  • You must be a junior or senior by credit level (at least 60 credits completed)
  • You must have a GPA above 3.551 for CE Juniors, 3.549 for CE Seniors, 3.528 for EE Juniors, and 3.544 for EE Seniors.
  • You must have completed all 200-level EE/CP courses OR be enrolled in at least one 300-level EE/CP course if you have not completed all 200-level courses.

Please see the “Induction” page for more information.