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.


Sanat Pandey

Hey! I’m a senior in Electrical Engineering with a primary focus on Microelectronics and Photonics. Aside from HKN, I work with lasers in Prof. Choquette’s research group and I am a TA for ECE 443. Apart from this I enjoy hanging out with my friends and swimming.

Teja Gupta
Vice President

Hi! I am a Senior in Computer Engineering originally from Naperville, Illinois. In my studies I focus a lot on machine learning. Outside of HKN and school, I enjoy working out and watching movies.

Mehul Dugar

Hi there! I’m a junior majoring in Computer Engineering and pursuing a minor in Mathematics. Besides school and HKN I love to spend my time hiking, being an amateur photographer, binging multiple seasons of TV shows and going on runs. Making a good cup of coffee is my secret, cap’ so hit me up if you’re in the RSO office and would like to try my (self proclaimed) best cup of joe you’ll ever have!

Will Cai
Director of Technology

Hi! I'm a second year Electrical Engineering student also minoring in Computer Science. Outside of school, I enjoy playing many sports, especailly baseball since I've played all my life. I also like to play video games, workout, and try and cook good food. Feel free to reach out if you need anything :)

Ritesh Reddy
Director of Corporate Affairs

Hey! I’m Ritesh Reddy, and I’m a Junior in Computer Engineering. Outside of classes, I’m on a research team to create an automated drone network to create connectivity in disaster struck regions. I also work on Engineering projects to solve healthcare related problems with i-Made. Outside of school, I enjoy playing and watching sports, playing video games, watching tv shows, and just chilling with friends.

Alan Liu
Director of Student Services

Hi! I am a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering and pursuing a minor in Mathematics and Computer Science. I am looking to specialize in Communications. Outside of school, I like to play board games and card games.

William Eustis
Director of Outreach

I'm William Eustis, a sophomore in Electrical Engineering who is interested in low-power Computer Vision. I am serving as the Director of Outreach for Spring 2021.

Jason Pan

Has an interest in semiconductors and nanotechnology. Likes anime and especially Hunter x Hunter. Participates in undergraduate research.

Pranay Sen
Director of Publicity

Hey! I'm Pranay, and I'm a sophomore in Computer Engineering. I'm the Chief Technical Officer for ECE 120, and I'm pursuing a minor in Mathematics. I'm a big fan of Nintendo games and anime! Feel free to reach out if you ever want someone to just hang out and chat with!

Liz Boehning
Director of Initiate Affairs

Hi guys! I am a junior in Electrical Engineering, also pursuing a minor in Spanish language and as part of the Hoeft Technology and Management program. Along with HKN, I’m very involved with robotics through Illinois Robotics in Space. Outside of school, I love to go to sporting events, play games, watch movies, and volunteer within our community.

Marwan Eladl
Director of Events

I am a senior in Electrical Engineering with a majority focus on Semiconductors and Nanotechnology. I am Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Zhu 2-D Material Research Group, which I have found to be a great way to explore my passions further. I am a TA for ECE 443, which is a great class that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in microelectronic devices and I am a CARE tutor. I enjoy helping others not only through tutoring, but also through acts of kindness and service, which lead me to Co-found the Shanghai Run for Refugees in 2016. In my free time, I enjoy being on the university’s rugby team, playing video games, and making my own music. One day I’ll go pro in one of those things. But, for now I am the Director of Initiate Affairs for HKN.

Srijan Chakraborty
Director of Information

Hey, I'm Srijan Chakraborty, a senior in Computer Engineering originally from India. Currently I'm looking at a specialization in some combination of operating and distributed systems, embedded systems, heterogeneous systems, and computer architecture. Besides ECE, I like to watch films, play video games, ice skate, and just chill with friends.