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Recharged engineering honor society sparks student interest

Kaitor Kposowa | Nov 12, 2013

Recharged engineering honor society sparks student interest

Kaitor Kposowa | Nov 12, 2013

Twelve Ohio University engineering and technology students have re-established the chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the electrical and computer engineering honor society, after more than a year of chapter inactivity.

“I think the opportunity to be a member of Eta Kappa Nu is tremendous,” said Brian Riley, associate professor of electrical engineering and the chapter’s adviser. “It recognizes and hones leadership and provides experience to do service projects and contribute to the community. Getting this chapter reactivated within Russ College is exciting.”

Prominent members of HKN, an invitation-only society within the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) professional association, serve as executives at companies like Google, Yahoo, Motorola and IBM. With more than 200,000 members, the society is a means for students to keep up with the larger world of electrical and computer engineering.

That’s just what attracted Swathi Raghu, the chapter’s new secretary.

“I love communication engineering, and I want to know more about recent developments,” said the first-year master’s student in electrical engineering.

For the society to be re-established, eligible students — who have a combination of character, leadership, teamwork and academic skills — had to step up to be president, treasurer and secretary. Daniel Mussard, a senior electrical engineering student on the computer engineering track, volunteered for the president position.

Currently the treasurer of the student chapter of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at OHIO, Mussard said he’d like to get the honor society involved in community outreach.

“I’m interested in getting middle school and high school kids more interested in engineering and technology, because I know a lot of school districts don’t emphasize it all that much,” he said.

Gerrod Schritzginger, who also serves as secretary of IEEE, found himself in a new leadership position as treasurer of HKN.

“I know it’s a prestigious organization, and if I can strive to be in one of the exclusive honor societies of IEEE, then I would like that opportunity,” said Schritzginger, a computer engineering track student.

The chapter’s new board plans to hold an induction ceremony before the end of fall semester.

“I’m looking forward to working with the students,” Riley said. “We’re going to do some good things and have fun doing them.”