Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Redirected from IEEE)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
FoundedJanuary 1, 1963; 61 years ago (1963-01-01)
TypeProfessional association
Legal status501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
FocusElectrical, electronics, communications, and computer engineering
OriginsMerger of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers
MethodIndustry standards, conferences, publications
Key people
  • Thomas Coughlin
    (President & CEO)
US$467 million Edit this at Wikidata

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is an American 501(c)(3) professional association for electronics engineering, electrical engineering, and other related disciplines.

The IEEE has a corporate office in New York City and an operations center in Piscataway, New Jersey. The IEEE was formed in 1963 as an amalgamation of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers.


The IEEE traces its founding to 1884 and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. In 1912, the rival Institute of Radio Engineers was formed. Although the AIEE was initially larger, the IRE attracted more students and was larger by the mid-1950s. The AIEE and IRE merged in 1963.

The IEEE is headquartered in New York City, but most business is done at the IEEE Operations Center in Piscataway, New Jersey, opened in 1975.

The Australian Section of the IEEE existed between 1972 and 1985, after which it split into state- and territory-based sections.

As of 2021, IEEE has over 400,000 members in 160 countries, with the U.S. based membership no longer constituting a majority.


IEEE claims to produce over 30% of the world's literature in the electrical, electronics, and computer engineering fields, publishing approximately 200 peer-reviewed journals and magazines. IEEE publishes more than 1,200 conference proceedings every year.

The published content in these journals as well as the content from several hundred annual conferences sponsored by the IEEE are available in the IEEE Electronic Library (IEL) available through IEEE Xplore platform, for subscription-based access and individual publication purchases.

In addition to journals and conference proceedings, the IEEE also publishes tutorials and standards that are produced by its standardization committees. The organization also has its own IEEE paper format.

Technical societies

IEEE has 39 technical societies, each focused on a certain knowledge area, which provide specialized publications, conferences, business networking and other services.

  • Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society
  • Antennas & Propagation Society
  • Broadcast Technology Society
  • Circuits and Systems Society
  • Communications Society
  • Electronics Packaging Society
  • Computational Intelligence Society
  • Computer Society
  • Consumer Technology Society
  • Control Systems Society
  • Dielectrics & Electrical Insulation Society
  • Education Society
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
  • Electron Devices Society
  • Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
  • Industrial Electronics Society
  • Industry Applications Society
  • Information Theory Society
  • Instrumentation & Measurement Society
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems Society
  • Magnetics Society
  • Microwave Theory and Technology Society
  • Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society
  • Oceanic Engineering Society
  • Photonics Society
  • Power Electronics Society
  • Power & Energy Society
  • Product Safety Engineering Society
  • Professional Communication Society
  • Reliability Society
  • Robotics and Automation Society
  • Signal Processing Society
  • Society on Social Implications of Technology
  • Solid-State Circuits Society
  • Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
  • Technology and Engineering Management Society
  • Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society
  • Vehicular Technology Society

Other bodies

IEEE Global History Network

In September 2008, the IEEE History Committee founded the IEEE Global History Network, which now redirects to Engineering and Technology History Wiki.

IEEE Foundation

The IEEE Foundation is a charitable foundation established in 1973 to support and promote technology education, innovation, and excellence. It is incorporated separately from the IEEE, although it has a close relationship to it. Members of the Board of Directors of the foundation are required to be active members of IEEE, and one third of them must be current or former members of the IEEE Board of Directors.

Initially, the role of the IEEE Foundation was to accept and administer donations for the IEEE Awards program, but donations increased beyond what was necessary for this purpose, and the scope was broadened. In addition to soliciting and administering unrestricted funds, the foundation also administers donor-designated funds supporting particular educational, humanitarian, historical preservation, and peer recognition programs of the IEEE. As of the end of 2014, the foundation's total assets were nearly $45 million, split equally between unrestricted and donor-designated funds.


Huawei ban

In May 2019, IEEE restricted Huawei employees from peer reviewing papers or handling papers as editors due to the "severe legal implications" of U.S. government sanctions against Huawei. As members of its standard-setting body, Huawei employees could continue to exercise their voting rights, attend standards development meetings, submit proposals and comment in public discussions on new standards. The ban sparked outrage among Chinese scientists on social media. Some professors in China decided to cancel their memberships.

On June 3, 2019, IEEE lifted restrictions on Huawei's editorial and peer review activities after receiving clearance from the United States government.

Position on the Russia-Ukraine conflict

On February 26, 2022, the chair of the IEEE Ukraine Section, Ievgen Pichkalov, publicly appealed to the IEEE members to "freeze [IEEE] activities and membership in Russia" and requested "public reaction and strict disapproval of Russia's aggression" from the IEEE and IEEE Region 8. On March 17, 2022, an article in the form of Q&A interview with IEEE Russia (Siberia) senior member Roman Gorbunov titled "A Russian Perspective on the War in Ukraine" was published in IEEE Spectrum to demonstrate "the plurality of views among IEEE members" and the "views that are at odds with international reporting on the war in Ukraine". On March 30, 2022, activist Anna Rohrbach created an open letter to the IEEE in an attempt to have them directly address the article, stating that the article used "common narratives in Russian propaganda" on the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and requesting the IEEE Spectrum to acknowledge "that they have unwittingly published a piece furthering misinformation and Russian propaganda." A few days later a note from the editors was added on April 6 with an apology "for not providing adequate context at the time of publication", though the editors did not revise the original article.

See also

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