IEEE, pronounced “Eye-triple-E,” stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. However, as the world’s largest technical professional association, IEEE’s membership has long been composed of engineers, scientists, and allied professionals such as computer scientists, software developers, information technology professionals, physicists, medical doctors, and many others in addition to IEEE’s electrical and electronics engineering core. For this reason the organization no longer goes by the full name, except on legal business documents, and is referred to simply as IEEE.

The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly-cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe.

There are more than 421,000 IEEE members from more than 160 countries with 46 technical societies and councils in August 2016. The IEEE publishes a third of the world’s technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics and is a leading developer of international standards that underpin many of today’s telecommunications, information technology and power generation products and services. More specifically, the IEEE holds more 1,600 annual conefernces, produces about 4 million technical documents and publishes more than 186 top-cited periodicals.

IEEE’s roots go back to 1884 when electricity began to become a major influence in society. There was one major established electrical industry, the telegraph, which since the 1840s had come to connect the world with a data communications system faster than the speed of transportation. The telephone and electric power and light industries had just gotten underway.

IEEE’s core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE is led by a diverse body of elected and appointed volunteer members. The governance structure includes boards for operational areas as well as bodies representing members in the 46 Societies and technical Councils and ten worldwide geographic regions.

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