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K-State Today Student Edition

April 2, 2014



Electrical and computer engineering honor society among the best in the nation

By David L. Soldan

For the fourth year in a row, the Kansas State University electrical and computer engineering honor society is among the nation's best.

The university's Beta Kappa chapter of Eta Kappa Nu has received an Outstanding Chapter Award for activities and services during the 2012-2013 school year. Only 22 of Eta Kappa Nu's more than 200 active chapters received the honor this year.

"What makes this chapter so excellent is the outstanding leadership of its officers and the enthusiastic participation of its members in all activities," said David Soldan, professor of electrical engineering and the chapter's faculty adviser. "Much of the credit for this honor goes to Sarah Carr, the 2012-2013 president-elect for writing the report required for the award, as well as officers from previous years who helped raise the level of chapter activities."

The chapter's activities include tutoring, developing a curriculum display about the department of electrical and computer engineering for the All-University Open House, annually awarding the Eta Kappa Nu Distinguished Faculty Award, providing tutoring for electrical and computer engineering classes two nights a week, maintaining the Paslay Singing Tower in Sunset Cemetery and more.

Eta Kappa Nu is for juniors in electrical and computer engineering who are in the top quarter of their class or seniors in the top third of their class. Members must also have successfully passed the course Circuit Theory 1.

The award was presented at a special dinner March 24 in Napa, Calif., as part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association annual meeting. Don Gruenbacher, electrical and computer engineering department head, represented Kansas State University at the award ceremony.