Life members must be at least 65 years of age and have been a member of IEEE or one of its predecessor societies for such a period that the sum of his/her age and his/her years of membership equals or exceeds 100 years. When an individual achieves Life member (LM) status, their basic membership dues and Region assessments are waived on 1 January of the year following attainment of LM status.
IEEE "Life" status is an automatic process based on an individual's membership record.
To qualify for Life member status, a member must be at least 65 years of age and have been a member of IEEE or one of its predecessor societies for such a period that the sum of his/her age and his/her years of membership equals or exceeds 100 years. (IEEE Bylaw I-102.2)
Members who qualify each year will be notified by mail in the fourth quarter of the qualifying year.
"Life" status will be effective on 1 January of the following year.
Contact the IEEE Contact Center with questions regarding your IEEE Life member status.
The IEEE Life Members Fund, in coordination with the IEEE Foundation, supports the activities of interest to Life members, potential engineers, and engineering students. It is supported by the generosity of IEEE members. To the maximum extent possible, Life members should financially support the Life Members Fund.
Life members who donate to the IEEE Life Members Fund will receive a special thank you:
Donors will receive notification of the tax-deductible portion of their contribution that exceeds the value of the articles received, in accordance with U.S. IRS regulations.
Life members represent an invaluable repository of personal experiences involving the history of areas of interest to IEEE. The IEEE Life Members Committee believes that keeping Life members active and engaged is a key component of the success of IEEE in local IEEE activities. In 2012, IEEE Life Members Affinity Groups conducted over 121 events, which included more than 1,500 participants. The Life Members Committee is pleased to announce the Outstanding IEEE Life Members Affinity Groups.
The IEEE History Center's Milestones celebrate technological breakthroughs or turning points. The IEEE Life Member Committee organizes technology-themed tours around a number of these advancements. The 2013 Tech Tour to Canada is currently scheduled for 25 August–3 September 2013, with opportunities to experience the environment and culture of Canada.