IEEE Western North Carolina


Section History and More

Welcome to the IEEE (“Eye-triple-E”) Western North Carolina (WNC) Section. Geographically, we reside in the western-most region of North Carolina, USA: Western North Carolina generally consists of 26 counties, that when combined form a total regional area of roughly 11,000 square miles (28,000 km²). The region is roughly the size of Massachusetts

Professionally, we are members of the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

IEEE’s membership has long been composed of engineers, scientists, and allied professionals. These include computer scientists, software developers, information technology professionals, physicists, medical doctors, and many others in addition to our electrical and electronics engineering core. We are undergraduate and graduate students, mentors, educators, scholars, researchers, innovators, practitioners, and volunteers in more than 160 countries and who inspire a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.  The IEEE is  over 50 years old, formed in 1964.

More About the WNC Section

The WNC Section encompasses the area of Western North Carolina from approximately the city of Hickory on the east side, all of the Smokey Mountains to the Tennessee border on the west side. The wide geographical area is approximately 180 miles x 80 miles.

The WNC section has over 300 IEEE members and is about 6% of the total NC Council IEEE membership. The section was established in November 1965. There are three student chapters, one based at the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA), one based at Western Carolina University (WCU), located in Cullowhee, and one at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, located in Hudson.

Benefits of IEEE membership

Benefits of joining and participating in the IEEE are documented at the IEEE web site.


One of WNC Section goals is to provide the WNC members an opportunity to participate in technical, informational, educational and social activities.

The section also wants to provide awareness of area engineering activities to the IEEE members and to encourage the growth of Engineering Technology activity in the area.

We also encourage and support area Student Engineering educational programs, activities and facilitate employer participation.

To achieve these goals it is essential for members to participate in section functions. Attending monthly meetings is an excellent opportunity for members to share their technical expertise, experiences and knowledge. We are open to and strongly encourage members to provide suggestions and comments. Please contact Jim Corr or anyone of our officers.