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, for more information please read the History of IEEE.

About Young Professionals

In 1996, IEEE instituted efforts to explore how to improve the retention and better meet the needs of recently graduated Student members. The concept of developing a peer group evolved and was named GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade). In 2014, GOLD was replaced with Young Professionals. Young Professionals are defined as post-Student members who are within 15 years of receiving their first professional degree with an option to participate beyond the 15-year time span.

The most important action for Young Professionals is to promote the concept at the local level via non-technical groups called affinity groups. Affinity groups are formed under the joint supervision of the local section and parent entity. Young Professionals have embraced this concept and formalized affinity groups worldwide. Many varied activities, both social and community minded, are planned and organized by this group to meet and interact with their peers.

To help with the organization of the Young Professionals community network, each IEEE Region helps with activity organization and assists Young Professionals in their respective Region. A majority of the IEEE Young Professionals affinity groups maintain a web presence on their region websites.