A candidate for professional membership may be inducted into a student chapter, an alumni chapter, or the Eta chapter of the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors (BoG)
The professional membership is subject to the operations manual and governing documents of IEEE-HKN. (Candidates for membership as undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty are subject to different eligibility criteria and procedures as specified by the operations manual and governing documents of IEEE-HKN.)
A candidate for professional membership in IEEE-HKN does not have to be an IEEE member
If inducted into IEEE-HKN, the professional member must pay the Professional Member Induction Fee as established annually by the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors, and should be or become an IEEE member (subject to applying and purchasing an IEEE membership).
The candidate for professional membership is not a student.
The candidate for professional membership has been a practicing engineer for 10 years in the technical fields of interest of the IEEE defined fields of interest, or a member of the Faculty of an active IEEE-HKN Chapter.
IEEE designated fields of interest are as follows:
- Computer sciences and information technology
- Physical sciences
- Biological and medical sciences
- Technical communications, education, management, law and policy
Education receives credit towards years of service as follows
- The candidate with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent will be credited with 3 years of professional service
- The candidate with master’s degree of equivalent will be credited with 4 years of professional service
- The candidate PhD degree or equivalent will be credited with 5 years of professional service
The candidate for professional membership has demonstrated significant leadership and service to unpaid, non-IEEE governance, volunteer activities during the individual’s professional career.
The individual will demonstrate professional dedication by the giving of professional skills freely and without desire for personal gain. The individual will demonstrate personal integrity by the giving of personal time freely and without desire for personal gain.
Service can include, but is not limited to
- Charitable activities
- Community service and involvement activities
- Humanitarian service and involvement activities
- Educational activities
- Technical activities
The specific, personal contributions of the individual are must be documented. Service could be in support of the IEEE, or one of its defined fields of interest, but that is not a requirement.