IEEE_HKN Student Leadership Conference

Griffin Tritaik and Elliott Armstrong, members of Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at Christopher Newport University, attended the annual IEEE-HKN Student Leadership Conference in Boston, MA. This conference is held yearly for engineering students in leadership positions in their IEEE-HKN organizations. It is a great networking opportunity as students from all across the country attended.

At the conference, Elliott and Griffin had the opportunity to attend workshops to discuss ways to improve local organizations. Workshops offered information on student opportunities to get money for service based projects. Others provided potential capstone project ideas students may not have otherwise thought of. There they also met students from many other universities including Mississippi State, UCLS, Northeastern, NC State, and many others. Graduate Schools also had a presence at the conference where they gave information about what graduate school has to offer and the benefits of going. 

Elliott and Griffin talked about their favorite parts of this conference that included the opportunity to meet industry professionals who shared real life experiences. There were also many other students who shared similar interests and were excited to connect with other members of IEEE. In addition, there were many fun activities including a robot competition. The competition required the building of Texas Instrument robots to navigate a maze using touch and light sensors as well as race in a relay race. 

Notably, CNU’s HKN-IEEE organization was recognized as a Key Chapter for following the best practices of a successful chapter. Based on their amazing experiences, Elliott and Griffin recommended that those that have the opportunity in the future take advantage of it and attend this year’s conference in San Diego.

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