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


IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members.  IEEE-USA is primarily supported by an annual assessment paid by U.S. IEEE members.

IEEE-USA’s mission as outlined in the IEEE Bylaws is to recommend policies and implement programs specifically intended to serve and benefit the members, the profession, and the public in the United States in appropriate professional areas of economic, ethical, legislative, social and technology policy concern.

Our vision is to serve the IEEE U.S. member by being the technical professional’s best resource for achieving life long career vitality and by providing an effective voice on policies that promote U.S. prosperity.

About Panhandle IEEE Section

Our Section began as the Panhandle-Plains Section of the AIEE (a predecessor organization of the IEEE) on June 12, 1947. The Section was the result of EEs located primarily in Amarillo and Lubbock in the Panhandle of Texas. As years passed the members of the original AIEE Section split into two separate Sections of the IEEE- first, the Panhandle Section in Amarillo, and later, the South Plains Section in Lubbock.

The Panhandle Section thrived with great support from local businesses that took a strong supportive role in making their employee Engineers aware of the IEEE and encouraging and supporting membership in the Panhandle Section.

The IEEE Panhandle Section promotes the advancement of engineering and sciences in the Amarillo area as well as the development and well-being of our members. Our Section has monthly meetings from September through May to help facilitate these goals. In addition, our Section helps sponsor other organizations, events and educational institutions that promote engineering and science.

Additional Panhandle IEEE Section History Information

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