About Us

IEEE, an association dedicated to advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity, is the world’s largest technical professional society. It is designed to serve professionals involved in all aspects of the electrical, electronic, and computing fields and related areas of science and technology that underlie modern civilization..

IEEE’s roots go back to 1884 when electricity began to become a major influence in society. There was one major established electrical industry, the telegraph, which since the 1840s had come to connect the world with a data communications system faster than the speed of transportation. The telephone and electric power and light industries had just gotten underway.

IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its more than 420,000 members in over 160 countries, and its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe.

Meaning of I-E-E-E

IEEE, pronounced "Eye-triple-E," stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The association is chartered under this name and it is the full legal name.

However, as the world's largest technical professional association, IEEE's membership has long been composed of engineers, scientists, and allied professionals. These include computer scientists, software developers, information technology professionals, physicists, medical doctors, and many others in addition to IEEE's electrical and electronics engineering core. For this reason the organization no longer goes by the full name, except on legal business documents, and is referred to simply as IEEE.


IEEE fosters technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.


IEEE will be essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, and be universally recognized for the contributions of technology and of technical professionals in improving global conditions.

Core values

  • Trust: being a trusted and unbiased source of technical information, and forums, for technical dialog and collaboration.
  • Growth and nurturing: encouraging education as a fundamental activity of engineers, scientists, and technologists at all levels and at all times; ensuring a pipeline of students to preserve the profession.
  • Global community building: cultivating active, vibrant, and honest exchange among cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary global communities of technical professionals
  • Partnership: promoting a culture of respect for the employee and volunteer, valuing contributions at all levels of the organization, investing in training and development to enhance capabilities, empowering individuals to make a positive difference, and building a membership organization based on a strong volunteer-staff partnership to serve the profession.
  • Service to humanity: leveraging science, technology, and engineering to benefit human welfare; promoting public awareness and understanding of the engineering profession.
  • Integrity in action: fostering a professional climate in which engineers and scientists continue to be respected for their exemplary ethical behavior and volunteerism.

IEEE Quick Facts

IEEE has:
  • More than 423,000 members in more than 160 countries, more than 50 percent of whom are from outside the United States
  • More than 117,000 Student members
  • 334 Sections in ten geographic Regions worldwide
  • 2,116 Chapters that unite local members with similar technical interests
  • 3,005 Student Branches at colleges and universities in over 100 countries
  • 1,481 Student Branch chapters of IEEE technical societies
  • 486 affinity groups; IEEE affinity groups are non-technical sub-units of one or more Sections or a Council. The affinity group patent entities are the IEEE-USA Consultants' Network, Young Professionals (YP), Women in Engineering (WIE), Life Members (LM), and IEEE Entrepreneurship.


  • Has 39 Societies and seven technical councils representing the wide range of IEEE technical interests
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  • More than 4 million documents in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library, with more than 8 million downloads each month
  • Has over 1,300 active standards and more than 500 standards under development
  • Publishes approximately 200 transactions, journals, and magazines
  • Sponsors more than 1,800 conferences in 95 countries while:
    • Partnering with more than 1,300 non-IEEE entities globally
    • Attracting more than 485,000 conference attendees
    • Publishing more than 1,500 conference proceedings via IEEE Xplore

    * Data current as of 31 December 2016. This information is updated annually.

2015 - 2020 Goals

  • Expand and enable dynamic, nimble, flexible, and diverse communities to help individuals from around the world to share, collaborate, network, debate, and engage with one another.
  • Provide technically vital forums for the discussion, development, and dissemination of authoritative knowledge related to traditional technologies, while focusing more of our resources towards serving the professionals working on emerging and disruptive technologies.
  • Lead humanitarian efforts around the world to use technology to solve the world’s most challenging problems.
  • Leverage IEEE’s technology-related insight to provide governments, NGOs and other organizations, and the public with innovative and practical recommendations to address public policy issues.

Key initiatives supporting the goals

  • Provide more opportunities, products, and services aimed at increasing our value to professionals working in the industry; particularly younger professionals and entrepreneurs.
  • Ensure the vitality and relevance of our core activities in standards, conferences, education, and publications while providing increased value to our members.
  • Develop programs in public service focused on knowledge and technology in our fields of interest, related to public policy and humanitarian efforts.
  • Evaluate and adapt organizational structures and processes to meet the demands of a changing environment while managing the financial and sustainable health of IEEE