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HKN logoEta Kappa Nu is the international honor society for Electrical and Computer Engineers. There are approximately 200 established locations in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Outstanding persons are elected to Eta Kappa Nu primarily from the junior and senior classes of accredited undergraduate programs. Furthermore, graduate students and distinguished professional engineers are also eligible. Eligibility into Eta Kappa Nu is based on "marked ability, as evidenced by scholarship, personal character, useful voluntary services and distinguished accomplishments." Eta Kappa Nu was established to assist its members in their profession while at the same time helping members and non-members alike to improve the profession.

The Clemson Eta Kappa Nu Chapter, Zeta Iota, is currently sponsored by ECE Professor Dr. Apoorva Kapadia This chapter focuses most of its attention to the undergraduate students that are majoring in electrical engineering and computer engineering. Some of its service projects include selling copies of professors' notes from previous semesters and sponsoring graduate school meetings to promote further education at Clemson University. For additional information please contact Dr. Kapadia.

IEEE logoThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, is a global technical professional society serving the public interest and members in electrical, electronics, computer, information and other technologies. The IEEE Clemson Student Branch, located in Riggs 21, is advised by Dr. Bill Reid.

Here are several benefits of being an IEEE student member:

  • Membership access to the 35 IEEE technical societies, their publications, and services at discounted student member rates.
  • Opportunities to attend and participate in technical conferences.
  • Connect with employers at IEEE-exclusive events
  • Gain access to free, professional software through Microsoft Dreamspark.
  • Scholarships, fellowships, and other awards available to IEEE student members based on merit, IEEE involvement, and need.
  • Access to the world's most comprehensive source of electrical and electronics publications, specialized books, conference records, and published standards.
  • Participation in local Student Branch Activities (i.e., having fun).

For a membership application, contact Dr. Bill Reid, campus IEEE advisor.

A number of useful IEEE links are provided below:

Main Site
Main Student Home Site
Piedmont (Local) Chapter of IEEE
The Spectrum (General Magazine)
The Institute (General Newspaper)

The ECE Student Ambassadors are a diverse group of motivated and dedicated who assist the ECE Department with its recruiting, outreach, and education programs. The ECE Student Ambassadors have a desire to engage in public speaking and desire to learn more about the opportunities available to students (co-op/internships, undergraduate & graduate research, IEEE student project, curriculum, etc.).

Compensated Activities for Undergraduate Student Ambassadors include:

  • Conducting ECE recruiting events and tours for prospective students (training provided)
  • Participating in the fall semester information session for Freshman Engineering students
  • Directing study halls for Freshman Engineering Students
  • Corresponding with prospective students through email or phone

Compensated Activities for Graduate Student Ambassadors include:

  • Teaching classes in Freshman Engineering (CES 102 and ENGR 141)
  • Directing labs and creative inquiry projects for Freshman Engineering Students
  • Participating in the fall semester information session for incoming graduate students
  • Corresponding with prospective students through email or phone

Student Ambassadors participate in the above activities throughout the fall and spring semesters. In addition to providing an important service to the department, this program is a fun way to network with faculty, alumni and students within the department and the College. It's also a great way to build your resume in the area of service and university involvement. 

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
With nearly 30,000 members, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) one of the largest student-governed organizations in the US. Founded in 1975, the NSBE’s mission is to “increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.” Contact the Clemson chapter of NSBE

SHPE logoSociety of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. SHPE’s vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Contact the Clemson chapter of SHPE 


Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Clemson University's chapter of SWE is devoted to encouraging women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders. This includes expanding the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life and demonstrating the value of diversity in the profession.

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