IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE has more than 400,000 members in more than 160 countries, more than 100,000 whom are student members (as of Dec 2010).

The following chart show how all the organizational units in IEEE work together. Note that color is used to show association and the cross over of two colors indicates some overlap. Gray is for TAB, light blue is used for MGAB and dark blue is used for Affinity Groups.


Student Branches (SB) are members of their local section (for example uOttawa SB is part of the Ottawa section), which is also a member of their respective region (eg. IEEE Region 7 is IEEE Canada).

For support, Branch Leaders may consult either

  1. Their local Section Chairs and – if present at your local Section – the local Section Student Activities Chair (S-SAC) and/or the local Section Student Representative (SSR) or
  2. Their Regional Student Activities Committee (your RSR and RSAC).

SB Chapters and SB Affinity Groups are a subset of Student Branches and they directly report and seek support from their local Student Branches. The goals and visions of the SB Chapters are inline with the Societies and Chapters (i.e. Signal Processing Society, EMBS), and the SB Affinity Groups’ goals and visions are inline with the section and regional Affinity groups (Young Professionals – formerly GOLD, WIE).

Student Branches are responsible for the liaison between the SB Chapters/Affinity groups and the local Sections.