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April 13, 2006
Contact: David W. Petr, electrical engineering and computer science, (785) 864-8823.

Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor society announces new KU student members

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Gamma Iota chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, an international honor society for electrical and computer engineers, has announced nine inductees for 2005-06. They were honored at a recognition ceremony March 31 at the Burge Union followed by a banquet off campus.

The KU Gamma Iota chapter was founded in 1952. Members are selected based on outstanding academic achievements, personal character, extracurricular accomplishments and volunteer service. Individuals are eligible as juniors, seniors or graduate students.

Kyle Godard, Pleasanton senior, served as 2005-06 Eta Kappa Nu president. William Blake, Lenexa senior, is the newly elected 2006-07 president. David Petr, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been KU chapter adviser since 1994.

Among the KU chapter’s educational and social activities held throughout the year have been volunteer tutoring for electrical engineering and computer science students and an annual Stop Day volleyball tournament between students and faculty.

Eta Kappa Nu was founded in 1904 at the University of Illinois. The Gamma Iota chapter at KU is among more than 200 collegiate and alumni chapters in the United States, Europe and Asia. Within the past 10 years, the KU Gamma Iota chapter has received national honors and one of its members received the national organization’s top student award.

In 2002, Shadab Mozaffar, then a KU senior in electrical engineering from Patna, India, received the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student Award based on education excellence and the best balance of scholarship, leadership, activity and character. Mozaffar also received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from KU in spring 2005.

KU’s chapter has earned certificate of merit national recognitions twice, once in 1995-96 and again in 2001-02.

New student inductees and chapter presidents are listed below by hometown, parents, major, level in school and high school attended.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
Tyler Herrmann, senior in electrical engineering, son of Jeff and Nancy Herrmann; Blue Valley North High School; new inductee.

Heather Owen, junior in electrical engineering, daughter of Donald and Marjolyn Owen; Blue Valley North High School; new inductee.

From Lenexa
William Blake, master’s degree student in computer engineering who received a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from KU in fall 2005, son of Michael and Cheryl Blake; 2006-07 Gamma Iota chapter president.

From Olathe
Charles Blake, senior in electrical engineering, son of Robert and Melissa Blake; Olathe South High School; new inductee.

Brian Cordill, senior in electrical engineering, son of Linda Cordill; Olathe South High School; new inductee.

From Roeland Park
Cameron Lewis, son of W. Jeff and Angelia Lewis, senior in electrical engineering and atmospheric science; Olathe East High School; new inductee.

LINN COUNTY
From Pleasanton
Kyle Godard, senior in computer engineering, son of Jeff and Dawn Godard; Pleasanton High School; 2005-06 Gamma Iota chapter president.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita (ZIP 67207)
Yi Yang, senior in electrical engineering, son of Shali Zhang; attended high school in China; new inductee.

TEXAS
From Denton
Bill Dower, senior in electrical engineering, son of Karen Dower; Denton High School; new inductee.

PERU
From Lima
Guillermo Goicochea Paulette, senior in electrical engineering, son of Sara Magali Goicochea; attended high school in Peru; new inductee.

BOLIVIA
From Santa Cruz
Carla A. Castillo Rodriguez, senior in electrical engineering, daughter of Dante Castillo and Teresa Rodriguez; attended high school in Bolivia; new inductee.

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