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, however, go back to 1884 when electricity was just beginning to become a major force in society. There was one major established electrical industry, the telegraph, which—beginning in the 1840s—had come to connect the world with a communications system faster than the speed of transportation. A second major area had only barely gotten underway—electric power and light, originating in Thomas Edison’s inventions and his pioneering Pearl Street Station in New York.
The IEEE publishes nearly a third of the world's technical literature in electrical
engineering, computer science and electronics. This includes about 130 journals,
transactions and magazines and over 400 conference proceedings published annually.
IEEE journals are consistently among the most highly cited in electrical and electronics
engineering, telecommunications and other technical fields. Each year, over 100,000
technical professionals attend the more than 300 conferences sponsored or cosponsored
by the IEEE. From microelectronics and microwaves to sensors and security, IEEE
conferences cover relevant topics that showcase the depth and breadth of members'
The IEEE is a leading developer of international standards that underpin many of
today's telecommunications, information technology and power generation products
and services. Often the central source for standardization in a broad range of emerging
technologies, the IEEE Standards Association has a portfolio of some 900 active
standards and more than 400 standards in development. This includes the prominent
IEEE 802 standards for wireless networking.
To Promote the Engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing and applying knowledge about electro-and information technologies and sciences
for the benefit of humanity and the profession.
To advance global prosperity by fostering technological innovation, enabling members’ careers and promoting community worldwide.
Who IEEE Serves
Through its global membership, IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical
engineering, electric power and consumer electronics among others.
Members rely on IEEE as a source of technical and professional information, resources
To foster an interest in the engineering profession, IEEE also
serves student members in colleges and universities around the world. Other constituencies include prospective members and organizations that purchase
IEEE products and participate in conferences or other IEEE programs.