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 The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional society. Founded in 1884 by a handful of practitioners of the new electrical engineering discipline. The men and women of the IEEE are the technical and scientific professionals making the revolutionary engineering advances which are reshaping our world today.

The technical objectives of the IEEE focus on advancing the theory and practice of electrical, electronics and computer engineering and computer science. To realize these objectives, the IEEE sponsors technical conferences, symposia and local meetings worldwide: publishes nearly 25% of the world’s technical papers in electrical, electronics and computer engineering; provides educational programs to keep its members’ knowledge and expertise state-of-the-art.

The purpose of all these activities is two fold: (1) to enhance the quality of life for all peoples through improved public awareness of the influences and applications of its technologies; and (2) to advance the standing of the engineering profession and its members.

The IEEE, through its members, provides leadership in areas ranging from aerospace, computers and communications to biomedical technology, electric power and consumer electronics.

IEEE membership is open to professionals with varying levels of academic accomplishment and work experience. Member, Senior Member and Fellow grades are limited to those who have achieved professional competence and recognition, as demonstrated by the college degrees they have received and/or by their work experience. Student member applications are available upon request and have substantially discounted dues and fees far below what other members pay.

IEEE Quick Facts

IEEE has (Data current as of 31 December 2012):

  • more than 429,000 members in more than 160 countries, more than 50 percent of whom are from outside the United States
  • more than 116,000 student members
  • 333 sections in 10 geographic regions worldwide
  • 2,195 chapters that unite local members with similar technical interests
  • 2,354 student branches at colleges and universities
  • 800 student branch chapters of IEEE technical societies
  • 428 affinity groups – IEEE Affinity Groups are non-technical sub-units of one or more Sections or a Council. The Affinity Group patent entities are the IEEE-USA Consultants’ Network, IEEE Young Professionals Program (formerly GOLD), Women in Engineering (WIE) and Life Members (LM)
  • has 38 societies and 7 technical councils representing the wide range of technical interests
  • has more than 3 million documents in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library with more than 8 million downloads each month
  • has 1,400 standards and projects under development
  • publishes 148 transactions, journals and magazines
  • sponsors over 1,300 conferences in 80 countries
  • partnering with more than 1,000 non-IEEE entitites globally
  • attracting more than 400,000 conference attendees
  • publishing more than 1,200 conference proceedings via IEEE Xplore.


A member enjoys all the membership benefits as stated on the IEEE Web site: membership benefits.

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