About IEEE

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers


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. To learn more about the association’s name, for more information please read the History of IEEE.

IEEE Quick Facts:

IEEE has:

  • Over 400,000 members in more than 160 countries, more than 60 percent of whom are from outside the United States
  • More than 107,000 Student members
  • 342 Sections in ten geographic Regions worldwide
  • 2,562 Chapters that unite local members with similar technical interests
  • 3,485 Student Branches at colleges and universities in over 100 countries
  • 2,877 Student Branch Chapters of IEEE technical Societies
  • 580 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 technical Societies and seven Technical Councils representing the wide range of IEEE technical interests
  • Has more than 5 million documents in the IEEE Xplore® digital library, with more than 15 million downloads each month
  • Has an active portfolio of nearly 1,200 standards and more than 900 projects under development
  • Publishes approximately 200 transactions, journals, and magazines
  • Sponsors more than 1,600 conferences and events in 96 countries while contributing over 3.6 million total conference papers to IEEE Xplore since 1936, with as many as 200,000 new papers added annually

**Last updated April 2021