Senior member is the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply. IEEE members can self-nominate, or be nominated, for Senior Member grade.

To be eligible for application or nomination, candidates must:

  • Be engineers, scientists, educators, technical executives, or originators in IEEE-designated fields
  • Have experience reflecting professional maturity
  • Have been in professional practice for at least ten years (with some credit for certain degrees)
  • Show significant performance over a period of at least five of their years in professional practice

Prospective members who would like to apply directly for Senior Member grade must first join IEEE and then submit the Senior Member application form. An IEEE Member Number is required on the Senior Member application. The Senior Member portal may not be accessible for 24 hours if you have joined or renewed your IEEE membership. There is no additional fee to apply for Senior Member grade.

Benefits of Senior membership

As an IEEE Senior member, you receive the following benefits:
  • Recognition: The professional recognition of your peers for technical and professional excellence.
  • Leadership Eligibility: Senior members are eligible to hold executive IEEE volunteer positions.
  • Ability to refer other candidates: Senior members can serve as a reference for other applicants for Senior Membership.
  • Review panel: Senior members are invited to be on the panel to review Senior member applications.
  • Letter of commendation: A letter of commendation on the achievement of Senior member grade will be sent to your employer (upon your request). Request a letter of commendation.
  • Announcements: Announcement of your elevation can be made in section/society and/or local newsletters, newspapers and notices.

In addition to your new benefits, the following rewards are sent to you via postal mail:

  • Complimentary Society Voucher: You may use this voucher to join one new IEEE Society.
  • Senior member plaque: An engraved plaque you can proudly display to colleagues, clients and employers. The plaque, an attractive fine wood with bronze engraving, is sent approximately eight weeks after elevation.
Volunteer Resources

Visit the Volunteers section for the following:

  • Senior member initiative
  • Section and Society benefits
  • Best practices for Sections and Societies
  • Schedule of review panels
  • Senior member statistics
  • Admission & Advancement Committee