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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. Below are some quick facts about IEEE, but for more details, visit:

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
  • 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

Resources and Opportunities available through IEEE.

IEEE Entrepreneurship:

  • The IEEE Entrepreneurship community is at the forefront of turning ideas into successful businesses. We make it priority to help our members not just launch, but grow their ventures and facilitate the networking and mentoring of those who have the passion to translate their vision into reality. The website offers many resources for entrepreneurs and start-ups. Join their community today:

IEEE Educational Activities:

  • IEEE-HKN is the honor society of IEEE, is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing individual excellence in education and meritorious work, in professional practice, and in any of the areas within the IEEE-designated fields of interest. For more information visit the IEEE-HKN website.
  • IEEE and IBM have created a web site that combines information on engineering careers with interactive activities. Visit

IEEE Collabratec:

  •  IEEE Collabratec is an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and create — all in one central hub. IEEE Collabratec™ online community offers a suite of productivity tools and is available to technology professionals around the world with exclusive features for IEEE members. Sign up for free.