About IEEE

IEEE, originally an acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is a non-profit organization and is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. Through its global membership, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics among others.

The IEEE formed in 1963 with the merger of
  • the AIEE (American Institute of Electrical Engineers, formed in 1884), and
  • the IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers, formed in 1912).
From its earliest origins, the IEEE has
  • advanced the theory and application of electrotechnology and allied sciences;
  • served as a catalyst for technological innovation;
  • and supported the needs of its members through a wide variety of programs and services.

IEEE has:

  • more than 400,000 members in more than 160 countries; 45 percent of whom are from outside the United States;
  • more than 100,000 student members; 
  • 333 sections in 10 geographic regions worldwide;
  • 2,081 chapters that unite local members with similar technical interests;
  • 1,855 student branches at colleges and universities in 80 countries;
  • 533 student branch chapters of IEEE technical societies; and


  • has 38 societies and 7 technical councils representing the wide range of IEEE technical interests;
  • has nearly 3 million documents in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library with more than 7 million downloads each month;
  • has 1,300 standards and projects under development;
  • publishes more than 150 transactions, journals and magazines;
  • sponsors more than 1,200 conferences in 78 countries while: 
    • partnering with more than 1,100 non-IEEE entitites globally;
    • attracting more than 450,000 conference attendees; and
    • publishing more than 1,200 conference proceedings via IEEE Xplore
    *Data current as of 31 Dec 2010.  This information is updated annually.