History of HKN
Maurice L. Carr is credited as being the founder of Eta Kappa Nu. The organization was established in 1904 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Eta Kappa Nu has grown steadily since its establishment. In its first ten years, ten new chapters were formed. After its first fifty years, fifty-six chapters were in existence. In 1983, there were approximately 200 chapters, including branches of Eta Kappa Nu in five foreign countries and numerous Alumni Chapters in various cities and with various corporations.
For more information, see HKN's web site.
Epsilon Chapter History
The Epsilon Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu at Pennsylvania State University was chartered in 1909, only 5 years after the initial founding of Eta Kappa Nu. Penn State Epsilon is the fifth oldest HKN chapter and has much in its history about which to be proud, both at the local and the national levels.
The Epsilon Chapter has maintained a variety of annual activities, such as offering undergraduate tutoring, holding information nights for graduate school and undergraduate courses, and assisting the Electrical Engineering department with the Engineering Open House in the spring.
Professor John ("Jack") D. Mitchell is a faculty advisor for the Epsilon Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu. His teaching interests are primarily in the areas of electronic circuits and design, as well as space sciences. His current research focuses on electrical properties and processes of the middle atmosphere.
Professor Mitchell is a former recipient of the College of Engineering's Outstanding Teacher and Advisor Awards, and a former elected member of the Eta Kappa Nu International Board of Directors.
Professor John ("Jack") D. Mitchell
Professor Jeffery Mayer is a co-faculty advisor for the Epsilon Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu. His teaching interest and research is in power systems dynamics, electrical machinery, drive systems, energy conversion and controls.
Professor Mayer is a recipient of the Penn State Engineering Society award for Outstanding Teaching and the Department's Head award for Outstanding Teaching.
Vice President (fall)
Marc N. Khouri
Jesse Z. Conklin
Mentoring Programs Chair
Completion of Pledge Book
Completion of Pledge Book (download this template to use).
The completion of the pledge book is one of the fundamental requirements that must be met in order to become a member of the Epsilon Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu. It represents a continuation of the traditional pledge requirements which have existed since the founding of the Epsilon Chapter in 1909.
Pledge essay (topic shown in template and to be submitted with Pledge Book).
Required signatures (as shown in template).
Payment of the one-time $85 initiation fee
Includes a lifetime membership to Eta Kappa Nu.
Checks should be made payable to Eta Kappa Nu and delivered along with the pledge book.
If the fee is a problem, please speak to an HKN officer or to one of the faculty advisors, Dr. John Mitchell or Dr. Jeffrey Mayer.
Further information regarding the activity will be announced at the upcoming information session. Please contact one of the officers or the webmaster with any questions.