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.


Molly Fane



Somie Park

Vice President


Nikhil Parmar



Tori Colthurst

Director of Technology


Nathan Narasimhan

Director of Corporate Affairs


Steven Kolaczkowski

Director of Student Services


Kanad Sarkar

Director of Outreach


Milan Shah



Srijan Chakraborty

Director of Publicity


Aditya Chitnis

Director of Operations


Yda Hoffer-Sohn

Director of Initiate Affairs


Joseph Ravichandran

Director of Events


Richard Nai

Director of Information