IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.


IEEE's core purpose is to foster 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. The IEEE is engaged in an enterprise-wide strategic planning process

Quick facts

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
  • 380 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, Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), Women in Engineering (WIE) and Life Members (LM).


  • 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: *Data current as of 31 Dec 2010.  This information is updated annually.
  • 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

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