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IEEE has a dual complementary regional and technical structure with organizational units based on geography and technical focus. It manages a separate organizational unit (IEEE-USA) which recommends policies and implements programs specifically intended to benefit the members, the profession, and the public in the United States.



IEEE is organized into:

  • Local sections within geographic regions
  • Chapters comprised of local members with similar technical interests
  • Societies and technical councils that compose technical divisions
  • Student branches at colleges and universities around the world
  • Student branch chapters; and affinity groups

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IEEE leadership

The voting membership of IEEE elects a new President each year, who serves for three years, first as President-elect, then as President and CEO, and finally as Past President. IEEE Presidents also serve on the two top-tier IEEE governing bodies.


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IEEE Major Boards

Six subordinate boards govern major areas of IEEE interest. Each has an elected volunteer leader.


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IEEE employees

IEEE has approximately 1,000 employees who support various IEEE activities. The Executive Director is the full-time chief operating officer.

The Management Council is comprised of the Executive Director and the senior executives who collectively manage all aspects of IEEE staff operations.


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