UH Manoa electrical engineering society honored again

Receives Outstanding Chapter Award third year in a row

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Apr 18, 2009

UH Manoa‘s Delta Omega Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the electrical and computer engineering honor society, will receive the Outstanding Chapter Award at its annual induction banquet on Saturday, April 25.

This is the third year in a row that the UH Manoa chapter has won this award, recognizing its contributions to the electrical engineering department, university, and surrounding community.

Only 18 university chapters out of 175 active university chapters received the Outstanding Chapter Award for the 2007-08 academic year. HKN is a 104-year-old honor society for electrical and computer engineering students and professionals with more than 250,000 members. The UH Manoa chapter was established in 1963.

"UH Manoa‘s Department of Electrical Engineering is known for a number of technological innovations, but this award demonstrates that our student activities are nationally recognized as well," remarked Anthony Kuh, department chair.

"Our members worked hard over the course of the academic year, building teamwork and leadership skills, volunteering for community service, and tutoring our fellow engineering students," said Alex Zamora, the 2007-08 Delta Omega Chapter president who led the activities that resulted in the latest award.

Reece Iwami, the 2008-09 Delta Omega Chapter president, added, "HKN members commit themselves to scholarship, character, and service, resulting in engineers who are better able to serve our community."

HKN also has an annual award that recognizes the most outstanding electrical engineering student in the nation. During the 2001-07 period, three UH Manoa students won this coveted award, and one student received an honorable mention. The 2003 winner, Aaron Ohta, went on to receive his PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 2008, and joined the UH Manoa faculty this past January.