Why I am so proud of my membership in IEEE Eta Kappa Nu

I am presently reading the February issue of the ‘Bridge’, the magazine of the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu honor society. Check out some of these excellent Feature stories:

One of the stories close to my heart is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) and the article I am reading discusses STEAM education helping to lift developing nations out of poverty. How can this be done in rural schools, like the mountain kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa, with no lab supplies, no electricity, and prevalent gender stereotyping? Read this article here.

In another story from this issue, we discuss the three key concepts of IEEE-HKN: scholarship, character, and attitude as they apply to the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa where the IEEE-HKN Mu Eta chapter joined forces with the university’s IEEE Student Branch with the goal of fostering growth of student involvement. You will see how students are prepared for the job market and the next gen engineers are strongly motivated. The article is here .

There are also notices for Graduate Fellowships to the University of Texas at Dallas, plus an article on the IEEE-HKN Outstanding Student of the Year for 2018 and so much more.

I encourage you to look into being a part of the IEEE and also to see what you may be able to do to work with a local IEEE-HKN chapter or even apply for admission to one.

1 comment on “Why I am so proud of my membership in IEEE Eta Kappa Nu

  1. D Feucht
    March 9, 2019

    My regards to HKN for reaching out to African natives with electrical engineering education. I surmise that it will be more of a challenge than is initially realized.

    Having lived in the less-developed world for well over a decade and being involved in EE university education in Belize and Guatemala, it is quite clear that though the “primitive savages” might speak English in both Belize and S. Africa, they do not think like N. Americans. (Nor do Chapinos in Guatemala.) Discovering these subtle nuances will be a major aspect of the challenge to succeed in the project.

    Obviously, IC designers are not needed in these places, but a good grounding in the fundamentals of electric circuits and electric machines can be useful for both the maintenance of electronic systems and the electrical infrastructure, both high priorities in the developing world.

    AI? Forget it.

    Let the curriculum develop and be refined as the teachers learn how and what to teach. Here in Belize, the U. of B is setting up their first E.E. dept and the “dean” of engineering, Leonard Mortis, is carrying out surveys to determine what is needed in the curriculum. The president of U. of B is a mechanical engineer from Trinidad, Dr. Clement Sankat, who has a clear understanding of what to do. Hopefully, the same situation will occur in Africa.

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