About HKN

HKN is the international honor society for electrical and computer engineers. Established by Maurice Carr in 1904 with the opening of the Alpha chapter at UIUC, HKN has grown to over 200 chapters. Outstanding persons are elected to HKN primarily from the junior and senior classes of accredited undergraduate programs. Graduate students and distinguished professional engineers are also eligible. Students are chosen based on marked academic performance, personal character, service to the student body, and distinguished accomplishments.

While one of its purposes certainly is the 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 members for more than two generations, another aim is to assist its members throughout their lives in becoming better professionals. HKN encourages members to improve the standards of the profession, the courses of instruction, and the institutions generally where its chapters are established.

For more information, visit the national website at hkn.org.

Membership Requirements

Membership in HKN is extended to the top fifth of the upper sophomore class (45-59 credit hours), top quarter of the junior class (60-90 credit hours, the top third of the senior class (90+ credit hours), and all graduate students. Undergraduate students will need to have taken at least 3 ECE courses. Students who meet these requirements will be invited to join HKN at the beginning of the semester. Once invited, initiates will perform a semester of service for HKN before initiating at the end of the semester. See the Initiates Page for more information.

Officers




Molly Fane
President
mkfane2@illinois.edu





I'm a Senior in Electrical Engineering from Dixon, IL. My studies have focused on signal processing and machine learning. My hobbies include baking bread, flying kites, and watching movies.





Somie Park
Vice President
spark270@illinois.edu





Hi! I'm a senior in Electrical Engineering from Illinois, pursuing a minor in global studies. Besides HKN, I do research in biomedical imaging with Professor Liang's group. In my free time, I enjoy eating green tea, coffee, and black sesame ice cream.





Nikhil Parmar
Treasurer
nparmar2@illinois.edu





Hey guys! I'm a California native currently in my third year studying Computer Engineering. Outside of school and HKN, I'm an avid musician, photographer, and tv-binger.





Tori Colthurst
Director of Technology
vrc2@illinois.edu





Hi! I'm a junior in Computer Engineering from Crystal Lake, IL, pursuing a minor in astronomy. Besides HKN, I am on board for TBP and I do research with the NCSA Gravity Group. In my free time I enjoy playing cards, watching movies, and eating ice cream :)





Nathan Narasimhan
Director of Corporate Affairs
nanaras2@illinois.edu





Hey everyone! I'm a junior getting a dual degree in Computer Engineering and Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship. In my coursework I’ve covered a lot of things from Machine Learning and Computer Vision, to starting your own company and leadership. I’m super social and love playing card games, board games, and video games!





Steven Kolaczkowski
Director of Student Services
kolaczk2@illinois.edu





Salutations! I'm a senior in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Physics. Outside of classes I enjoy working in professor Lyding's research group, swing dancing, playing board games, and going to Illini Tennis meets.





Kanad Sarkar
Director of Outreach
kanads2@illinois.edu





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Milan Shah
Secretary
mrshah3@illinois.edu





Yo, I'm Milan a graduate student in Electrical Engineering. My research area is device physics and ESD protection. Outside of school stuff, I draw, read, play video games, and probably do other nerdy things you can think of.





Srijan Chakraborty
Director of Publicity
srijanc2@illinois.edu





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Aditya Chitnis
Director of Operations
aac2@illinois.edu





Heyo! My name's Aditya! I'm a Junior in Computer Engineering, focusing on Operating Systems and Low-Level Systems Development. Outside of classes I love hanging out with friends, playing Ultimate Frisbee (when it's warmer), reading manga/watching anime/netflix, or playing DDR!





Yda Hoffer-Sohn
Director of Initiate Affairs
yhh2@illinois.edu





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Joseph Ravichandran
Director of Events
jpr3@illinois.edu





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Richard Nai
Director of Information
rnai2@illinois.edu





Hi! I'm a Junior in Computer Engineering from Gurnee, IL with a minor in Computational Science Engineering. I also do research in embedded systems. In my free time I enjoy cooking, playing computer and card games, and watching sci fi. You'll probably see me procrastinating homework in the RSO office :)