New Society/Technical Council/Joint Chapter
A Technical Chapter is the technical subunit of one or more geographic units, and one or more Societies/Technical Councils. Technical Chapters are your local link to the valuable resources available from IEEE and its 40+ Societies and Technical Councils. To form a Chapter, please view IEEE Geographic Unit Formation Policies and Petitions
To change the status of an existing Chapter

The status of an existing Chapter may be changed from single to joint, or vice versa, or from one joint combination to another, without submission of a petition. The change in status will become effective following approval of the change by the Regional Director, the Society/Technical Council Presidents, and the involved Geographic Parent Executive Committee(s).

  1. The written request, with full details on the proposed change in Chapter status, shall be submitted by the Geographic Parent Executive Committee. This request should include the name and address of the Organizer of the restructured Chapter who will act as its Chair, and be faxed or mailed to the address below.
  2. Action will be taken by MGA staff to obtain approval of the change in status by those concerned.
  3. When the necessary approvals have been received, the Geographic Parent Chair, the Chapter Organizer, the Regional Director and the Presidents of the Societies/Technical Council concerned will be notified.
  4. The Chapter formation will be noted in the Report of the Managing Director at the next meeting of the MGA Board.
Inactive Chapter

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Department monitors the activity level of affinity groups and technical Society Chapters with meeting reports (L31's). If your Chapter is currently inactive, simply have a meeting and report your activity to reactive your Chapter. Society Chapters are required to report a minimum of two technical meetings, and affinity groups must report a minimum of two meetings, of any type, each year.

Dissolved Chapter

Chapters/affinity groups that have not reported any meetings for a minimum of three consecutive years will be put on probation to be dissolved. Once a Chapter has been dissolved, the process to form a new Chapter must be utilized to reinstate the Chapter.

Contact the people who can help you

The IEEE staff person in the position of Society/Technical Council Chapter Coordinator will help you contact your Society and Section representatives, as well as assist in determining your Chapter Development options. For assistance, email Liz Parascondola at

The volunteer at the Society level, in the position of Society Chapter Coordinator, will be able to tell you if the Society is interested in forming a Chapter, or if there are already Chapters in existence in your area. This person will also help you access membership information and serve as your contact to the Society.

Gather membership data

Access to membership data is available through IEEE staff. Information regarding the number of a Society's higher grade members and contact information will be sent to any IEEE Society Chapter-Coordinator who requests it. If you are not yet formally recognized as a Chapter volunteer, please contact IEEE staff at or the Society of your choice for further assistance.