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Students inducted into Eta Kappa Nu honor society

Seven Lamar University electrical engineering bachelor’s students and one graduate student were recently inducted into the Delta Beta chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, HKN, the national electrical and computer engineering honor society of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society for professionals involved in all aspects of the electrical, electronic, and computing fields and related areas of science and technology.

Inducted into HKN are: Ethan Ellender, Longville, Louisiana.; Joel Lozano, Port Neches; Tyler Mackey, Beaumont; Marinko Mandich, Beaumont; John Pickren, Beaumont; Ryan Watts, Livingston; and Jesse Wells, Kountze. Also inducted was master’s student Mohammed Rony of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Jimmie Cypret, a 1964 graduate of LU’s electrical engineering program, generously covered all of the students’ induction fees.

The members of HKN consist of students, alumni and other professionals who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional accomplishments. Student members are selected on the basis of scholastic standing, character, and leadership. Professional members are inducted by nomination of a current member, and by virtue of their contributions.

For more than 100 years, the founding principle of “identifying and recognizing future leaders” has resulted in the high concentration of IEEE-HKN alumni in top-level positions at major technical corporations in the U.S. and around the world. Alumni have a higher level of advanced degrees, frequently are published and hold patents, are entrepreneurs, have founded corporations, and hold leadership roles in academia and at the highest levels of the profession. Once inducted, a person retains the designation for life.

Through a variety of service programs and leadership training, student members develop lifelong skills that earmark them for prominent positions in industry and academia. Members are better prepared for the post-college world and are especially valuable and attractive to employers. They are recognized as extremely capable, both technically and professionally.

There are more than 180 active IEEE-HKN chapters at colleges and universities around the globe, including Canada, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.