IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology 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.
Last updated December 2021
There are over 409,000 IEEE members in over 160 countries, more than 60 percent of whom are from outside the United States. 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 sponsors more than 1,900 annual conferences and events worldwide, curating cutting-edge content for all of the technical fields of interest within IEEE.
IEEE publishes nearly a third of the world’s technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics. This includes approximately 200 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 5 million documents from IEEE and IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, letters, conference proceedings, and active IEEE standards.
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 an active portfolio of nearly 1,076 standards and more than 984 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®).
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.
As the philanthropic partner of IEEE, the IEEE Foundation translates the values of our members and donors into social impact and advances the IEEE mission across the globe.
The IEEE Foundation connects 200+ IEEE member-led initiatives with financing, expertise, and philanthropic guidance. Its goal is to put effort where philanthropy and technology intersect. The investment of time, talent, and treasure from generous donors supports IEEE programs that improve access to technology, enhance technological literacy, and support technical education and the IEEE professional community.
The IEEE Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in the United States:
The IEEE Foundation serves as a steward of donations that improve the human condition. It empowers the next generation of engineers and scientists, educates and raises awareness, energizes and recognizes innovation, and preserves the history of technology. With donor support, the IEEE Foundation strives to be a leader in transforming lives through the power of technology and education.
Accomplishments in IEEE technical fields are recognized with annual awards for outstanding contributions to technology, society, and the engineering profession.
IEEE Medals are the highest awards that IEEE presents on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors. IEEE Medals embrace significant and broad IEEE interests and purposes. The highest honor is the IEEE Medal of Honor, which recognizes an individual for an exceptional contribution or extraordinary career in the IEEE fields of interest. Past recipients have included such visionaries as: