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Technical standards are formal documents that establish uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices developed through an accredited consensus process.


Purpose of standards

Standards are:

  • Developed based on guiding principles of openness, balance, consensus, and due process
  • Established in order to meet technical, safety, regulatory, societal and market needs
  • Catalysts for technological innovation and global market competition

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Need for standards education

Recognizing the important role standards play within the engineering, technology and computing fields, IEEE is providing resources to help introduce and teach undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professors and educators, about technical standards by providing free online tutorials and case studies. Knowledge of standards can help facilitate the transition from classroom to professional practice by aligning educational concepts with real-world applications.

These resources will hopefully be of use in the classroom and help incorporate the teaching of standards into curricula to:

  • Benefit both students and their faculty mentors as they face challenging design processes
  • Help electrical and computer engineering undergraduate programs incorporate standards into their learning processes
  • Provide tools for use in learning about standards and their impact on design and development

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How to contribute

We are actively seeking subject matter experts in various technical areas to create new Tutorials and Case Studies demonstrating the application of standards. IEEE honorariums are now available. For more information contact or download a New Project Proposal Form (DOC 54 KB).

If you are an educator currently teaching technical standards as part of a course and are willing to share your lesson plans, please contact the IEEE Standards Education Committee at


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Student grants available now

Small grants for students and faculty mentors to help fund and publish the results of senior design projects demonstrating knowledge of standards are now available. For more information, please visit Student Application Papers


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Standards Education Committee

Activities of the IEEE Standards Education Committee are made possible through funding from: