NC State's Beta Eta Chapter of the Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Honor Society was officially presented with the Outstanding Chapter Award on April 26, 2012. The award was presented by the ECE department head Dr. Daniel Stancil during the chapter's induction ceremony. The chapter was recognized alongside those of other top universities such as Purdue, Berkeley, and Auburn. Less than 25 of the 179 existing chapters were chosen to receive this prestigious award.
The purpose of the Outstanding Chapter Award is to recognize excellence in college chapters for their activities. In bestowing the award, the standing committee attaches less importance to the number of a chapter's activities than to their nature and quality. Chapters that are given the award offer many activities to improve professional development, to raise instructional and institutional standards, to encourage scholarship and creativity, and to provide a public service.
Eta Kappa Nu is the national Electrical and Computer Engineering honor society established in 1904. The society focuses on encouraging and recognizing excellence, and specifically seeks to support the qualities of scholarship, professionalism, and community. The local Beta Eta chapter has been established since 1938, and last received the Outstanding Chapter Award for the 2004-2005 academic year.