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Student electrical and computer engineering honor society chapter earns outstanding award

Alexis Eichelberger | Mar 19, 2018
Eta Kappa Nu

Student electrical and computer engineering honor society chapter earns outstanding award

Alexis Eichelberger | Mar 19, 2018

Ohio University’s chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, an international electrical and computer engineering honor society, earned the Outstanding Chapter award for the 2016-17 academic year from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Founded in 1960, the Delta Epsilon Chapter was revived within the Russ College of Engineering and Technology last year. Despite being a fairly new student organization, the group is one of only 24 chapters to receive the honor for the value it brings to its members, other students and the university.

Chapter president and senior electrical engineering and computer science student Andrew Videmsek said he was surprised to hear about the award but felt proud to be recognized among other high-achieving chapters.

“Over the past few years the current members have worked extremely hard to make the chapter what it is today,” he said. “This is a testament to how dedicated the current members are to this organization.”

The chapter was selected based on its dedication to the established goals of IEEE, which include improving professional development, encouraging scholarship and creativity, and providing a public service.

Videmsek said some of the group’s recent accomplishments were community-oriented, benefiting both the campus and the community: the chapter hosted an Athens County Food Pantry foor drive, sponsored a Red Cross blood drive, organized presentations given by distinguished professors, and held study sessions for freshman engineering students.

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Chair David Juedes will accept the award on the group’s behalf in March at the annual Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association annual conference.

“We have a great group of students, and I’m happy that they won,” he said. “The award was well-deserved.”

The chapter aims to continue to grow. Before spring semester ends, the group will attend the Eta Kappa Nu Student Leadership Conference at the University of Florida, and will also host its spring induction ceremony.

“Even with the end of the semester fast approaching, there are many objectives we want to meet,” Videmsek said. “We hope to continue to grow our name and give back to the community that has given so much to us.”

Colleen Carow contributed to this story.