About IEEE

IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

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.


Mission statement

IEEE's core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.


Vision statement

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.


IEEE Quick Facts

IEEE has:

  • more than 426,000 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;
  • 2,669 student branches at colleges and universities in 80 countries;
  • 922 student branch chapters of IEEE technical societies;
  • 440 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), and Life Members (LM).


  • has 39 Societies and six technical councils representing the wide range of IEEE technical interests;
  • has more than 3.5 million documents in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, with more than 8 million downloads each month;
  • has more than 1,671 standards and projects under development;
  • publishes approximately 180 transactions, journals, and magazines;
  • sponsors more than 1,600 conferences in 91 countries while:
  • partnering with more than 1,000 non-IEEE entities globally;
  • attracting more than 480,000 conference attendees;
  • publishing more than 1,400 conference proceedings via IEEE Xplore┬«.


*Data current as of 31 December 2014. This information is updated annually.