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Student Profile
HKN Students Reflect on how
Humanitarian Service Impacts their Growth
HKN students have been putting service to humanity into action for over 100 years through their adherence to the principles
of scholarship, character, and attitude. Last year, HKN students conducted over 100,000 hours of service to their community,
including STEM tutoring in local schools, among other humanitarian activities. Not only does this service impact communities, but
it also has a reciprocal effect on our students, helping them to grow into professionals who have sensitivity to community needs.
Here are the reflections of two of our students.
Tara Len
Kappa Psi Chapter, University of
California, San Diego, 2023 & 2024
Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
Engineering Sciences (Mechanical
Engineering) M.S. Candidate
" My service activity consisted of running an outreach program through my HKN chapter
that teaches K-12 students in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas around San
Diego about computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical
and aerospace engineering. Through this endeavor, the most important lesson I
learned is that even if it might seem as though some of the kids I work with don't
seem to be interested in engaging in the program, there are always a couple
students who actually want to learn, which makes running the program completely
worth it for me because it feels like I am making a positive impact. I have mainly
been surprised by the program's success. During the pandemic, the program's reach
was limited because only remote lessons could be implemented, and not many
college students were involved in helping out. But through reaching out to more San
Diego schools to teach in-person at those places, applying for and receiving funding
from my university and EPICS in IEEE, and recruiting more college students to create
and teach more varied engineering lessons, we have been able to reach out to more
kids than during the pandemic, increase the number of leadership roles for college
students within the program, and even start to host field trips on our campus for
kids. I am extremely grateful for everyone who has contributed to the burgeoning of
this program, and I look forward to seeing how much more the program will grow,
especially since I now have successors for my role. "
Sabrina Helbig
University of Pittsburgh Graduate
Student; Electrical Engineering, BSEE
Dec. 2020; IEEE Eta Kappa Nu, Beta
Delta, President; IEEE PES-PELS
Student Chapter, Vice President
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" In the Beta Delta Chapter, we have participated in a variety of volunteer and outreach
activities over the years, including building circuits with local grade schoolers, picking
up litter in a nearby town, and assisting logistics at the regional science fair. At these
and other service events, I have found that our invested effort and the relationships
created are meaningful and significant, and that your time and energy could change
the outlook and experience of someone's day (or possibly their life!). A couple hours of
picking up trash might sound boring, but spending that quality time with residents and
witnessing their pride and satisfaction in everyone's work and in the outcome makes
the effort worth it. I remember one time, a man thanked us for picking up litter and
explained to his young daughter what it meant to have their neighborhood beautified -
that brief interaction taught me to come to these tasks with care and enthusiasm.
Our chapter's service activities continually demonstrate to me that we, as individuals and
groups, are both stakeholders and contributors in our schools and companies and in
the places and spaces around us. Through volunteerism and outreach, I am frequently
reminded that my actions and interactions have the power to teach, support, and
inspire others. Further, as an engineer, I often think about the purpose, implementation,
benefits, and risks of engineering work from a technical perspective, but service reminds
me to also consider this work in the context of community and people. "
* This Nigerian Startup's Minigrid Began as a School Project > The solar-powered
system now serves 30,000 homes and businesses
* This Rwandan Engineer is Learning How to Manage Humanitarian Projects
* Teen Wins Scholarship for His Glaucoma-Detection Device
* Students Use Their Tech Know-How to Protect the Environment
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