“The world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity”
A non-profit organization, IEEE (http://ieee.org) is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. The IEEE name was originally an acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Today, the organization’s scope of interest has expanded into so many related fields, that it is simply referred to by the letters I-E-E-E (pronounced Eye-triple-E).
- more than 400,000 members in more than 160 countries; 45 percent of whom are from outside the United States;
- more than 100,000 student members;
- 333 sections in 10 geographic regions worldwide;
- 2,081 chapters that unite local members with similar technical interests;
- 1,855 student branches at colleges and universities in 80 countries;
- 533 student branch chapters of IEEE technical societies; and
- 380 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, Young Professionals (YP), Women in Engineering (WIE) and Life Members (LM).
- has 38 societies and 7 technical councils representing the wide range of IEEE technical interests;
- has nearly 3 million documents in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library with more than 7 million downloads each month;
- has 1,300 standards and projects under development;
- publishes more than 150 transactions, journals and magazines;
- sponsors more than 1,200 conferences in 78 countries while:
- partnering with more than 1,100 non-IEEE entities globally;
- attracting more than 450,000 conference attendees; and
- publishing more than 1,200 conference proceedings via IEEE Xplore
There are more than 400,000 IEEE members in over 160 countries around the world. IEEE members are engineers, scientists and allied professionals whose technical interests are rooted in electrical and computer sciences, engineering and related disciplines.
The highest grade of membership – IEEE Fellow – is attained through nomination by peers and approval by the IEEE Board of Directors for distinction in the profession.
IEEE publishes nearly a third of the world’s technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics. This includes more than 150 transactions, journals and magazines published annually. In cooperation with John Wiley and Sons, Inc., IEEE also produces technical books, monographs, guides and textbooks. All IEEE content since 1988 plus select content dating back to 1950 is available in digital format.
IEEE journals are consistently among the most highly cited in electrical and electronics engineering, telecommunications and other technical fields.
The IEEE Xplore® Digital Library contains nearly 3 million documents from IEEE and IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, letters, conference proceedings and active IEEE standards.
Each year, over 100,000 technical professionals attend the more than 1,200 conferences sponsored or co-sponsored by the IEEE.
From microelectronics and microwaves to sensors and security, IEEE conferences cover relevant topics that showcase the depth and breadth of members’ technical fields.
IEEE is a leading developer of international standards that underpin many of today’s telecommunications, information technology and power generation products and services.
Often the central source for standardization in a broad range of emerging technologies, the IEEE Standards Association has a portfolio of more than 1300 standards and projects under development. This includes the prominent IEEE 802® standards for wireless networking.
Education and Careers
By awarding continuing education units and professional development hours, the IEEE helps its members meet their continuing education requirements, and develops products and services in support of these efforts.
The IEEE is an authorized provider of continuing education units through the International Association of Continuing Education and Training.
At the pre-college level, the IEEE works with industry, universities and government to raise students’ literacy in science, math, engineering and technology.
The IEEE Foundation relies on donations to award grants to new and innovative projects that support a variety of educational, humanitarian, historical preservation, and peer recognition programs of IEEE such as:
- develop educational and public-information programs;
- sustain historical research services;
- subsidize workshops that facilitate the exchange of electronic information;
- propel technological innovation;
- increase public awareness about the vast impact of engineering on society.
Accomplishments in IEEE technical fields are recognized with annual awards for outstanding contributions to technology, society and the engineering profession.
The IEEE Medal of Honor, the IEEE’s highest award, recognizes an individual for an exceptional contribution or extraordinary career in the IEEE fields of interest. Past recipients have included such visionaries as:
- Guglielmo Marconi (1920, for radio telegraphy)
- William Shockley (1980, for junction, analog and junction field-effect transistors)
- Andrew S. Grove (2000, for pioneering research in metal oxide semiconductor devices and technology)