HKN Names Global Industrial Leader and Prominent Engineer Dr. Tsuneo Nakahara as Eminent Member
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Dr. Tsuneo Nakahara

CHICAGO - June 26, 2006 - On Saturday, June 24, 2006, Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) inducted Dr. Tsuneo Nakahara as an Eminent Member at the IEEE Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. HKN Vice President Dr. J. David Irwin presented Dr. Nakahara with the certificate of induction in front of several hundred industry professionals and their guests.

Dr. Irwin commended the recipient, "Eta Kappa Nu is honored to recognize such a prominent leader of the IEEE as well as an international industry standout as one of the newly named Eminent Members."

This distinction is conferred by the HKN Board of Governors upon the few whose attainments and contributions to society through leadership in engineering have resulted in significant benefits to humankind.

Dr. Nakahara's career as a global industrial leader and engineer in wire and cable industries has spanned more than 50 years. He joined Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., in 1953 and worked at the R&D laboratories and information technology divisions. He became executive vice president and vice chairman in 1985 and 1991 respectively. In 1961, on a leave of absence from Sumitomo, he was invited to be a visiting research associate at the Microwave Research Institute of Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.

Dr. Nakahara achieved outstanding results in research and development in a wide range of fields in communications, systems, and electronics. He was a pioneer in his 40-year career, contributing to theoretical research to mass production of optical fibers and cables. He received the 2002 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell medal as well as the Takayanagi medal and many other medals and awards for this achievement.

He also contributed to leadership in the development of leaky coaxial cables and high-temperature superconductor cables as well as intelligent transportation systems, automotive components, and various new materials such as inter-metallic compound semiconductors, artificial diamonds, and fine ceramics.

He has been a foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering and a member of the Board of Trustees of Polytechnic University. He has contributed to the IEEE as Region 10 director, secretary, IEEE Foundation Board member, and more. He has also made various contributions to U.S. industries, including investment and licensing technologies, through Sumitomo Electric.

Dave Irwin (HKN President)
presents Tsuneo Nakahara with
his Eminent Member certificate.
Eric Herz, Tsuneo Nakahara,
Harry Mergler, Dave Irwin
Tsuneo Nakahara,
Michael Lightner (IEEE President),
Dave Irwin, Harry Mergler
Tsuneo Nakahara, Dave Irwin,
Harry Mergle

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About the Eminent Member
Eminent Member is the highest membership classification in Eta Kappa Nu. Established in 1950, the title of Eminent Member is conferred by the Board of Governors upon those select few whose attainments and contributions to society through leadership in the fields of electrical and computer engineering have resulted in significant benefits to humankind. These attainments and contributions may be in the areas of corporate management, government, education, or professional society activities. To suggest an individual be named an Eminent Member, contact Kathy Ricker, HKN administrative director, at

About Eta Kappa Nu (HKN)
Eta Kappa Nu is a 100-year-old honor society for electrical and computer engineering students and professionals. With more than 200,000 members and approximately 200 university chapters, HKN recognizes excellence in academic accomplishments, leadership, outstanding character, and service. The International Engineering Consortium manages the headquarters function of Eta Kappa Nu. For more information, please visit

About the IEC
The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to catalyzing technology and business progress worldwide in a range of high-technology industries and their university communities. Since 1944, the IEC has provided high-quality educational opportunities for industry professionals, academics, and students.

In conjunction with industry-leading companies, the IEC has developed an extensive, free on-line educational program. The IEC conducts industry-university programs that have a substantial impact on curricula. It also conducts research and develops publications, conferences, and technological exhibits that address major opportunities and challenges of the information age.

More than 70 leading high-technology universities are IEC affiliates, and the IEC handles the affairs of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association and Eta Kappa Nu, the honor society for electrical and computer engineers. The IEC also manages the activities of the Enterprise Communications Consortium. Visit .

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