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IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

The following information provides an overview of IEEE offerings and services.


IEEE Quick Facts

IEEE has:

  • more than 426,000 members in more than 160 countries, more than 50 percent of whom are from outside the United States;
  • more than 117,000 Student members; 
  • 334 Sections in ten geographic Regions worldwide;
  • 2,116 Chapters that unite local members with similar technical interests;
  • 2,669 student branches at colleges and universities in 80 countries;
  • 922 student branch chapters of IEEE technical societies;
  • 440 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 39 Societies and seven technical councils representing the wide range of IEEE technical interests;
  • has more than 3.5 million documents in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, with more than 8 million downloads each month;
  • has more than 1,671 standards and projects under development;
  • publishes approximately 180 transactions, journals, and magazines;
  • sponsors more than 1,600 conferences in 91 countries while: 
    • partnering with more than 1,000 non-IEEE entities globally;
    • attracting more than 480,000 conference attendees;
    • publishing more than 1,400 conference proceedings via IEEE Xplore®.
    *Data current as of 31 December 2014. This information is updated annually.

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There are more than 426,000 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.


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IEEE publishes nearly a third of the world’s technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics. This includes approximately 180 transactions, journals, and magazines published annually. In cooperation with John Wiley and Sons, Inc., IEEE also produces technical books, monographs, guides, and textbooks.

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 more than 3.5 million documents from IEEE and IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, letters, conference proceedings, and active IEEE standards.


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Each year, over 100,000 technical professionals attend the more than 1,600 conferences sponsored by IEEE.

From microelectronics and microwaves to sensors and security, IEEE conferences cover relevant topics that showcase the depth and breadth of members’ technical fields.


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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 1,671 standards and projects under development. This includes the prominent IEEE 802® standards for local, metropolitan, and other area networks, including Ethernet and Wireless LAN (commonly referred to as Wi-Fi®).


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Education and careers

By awarding continuing education units and professional development hours, IEEE helps its members meet their continuing education requirements and develops products and services in support of these efforts.

IEEE follows strict guidelines for the development and delivery of continuing education materials, conforming to the highest industry practices for awarding continuing education units, professional development hours, and certificates of completion.

At the pre-college level, IEEE works with industry, universities, and government to raise students’ literacy in science, math, engineering, and technology.


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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:

  • developing educational and public-information programs;
  • sustaining historical research services;
  • subsidizing workshops that facilitate the exchange of electronic information;
  • propelling technological innovation;
  • increasing public awareness about the vast impact of engineering on society.

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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, 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).


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About IEEE

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

Through its global membership, IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

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