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Membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) is a transnational professional society with more than 300,000 members in over 130 countries. The world's largest engineering society, its objectives are scientific, educational, and professional.

IEEE strives to advance the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, and computer engineering and computer science. To meet these objectives, the Institute holds more than 4,000 conferences and meetings every year; publishes 23 percent of the world's literature in electrical, electronics, and computer engineering; provides a number of ongoing educational programs; works to advance the professional standing of its members; develops worldwide standards; recognizes excellence in its fields of interest with hundreds of awards and scholarships each year; and promotes the study of the history of electro technology

IEEE plays an active role in accrediting engineering and engineering technology programs, as well as computer science programs. It participates in the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) by providing financial support and volunteers to serve on accreditation committees. Similar support is provided to the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB). Program accreditation ensures that certain educational standards have been met.

IEEE also has a mandate to enhance the quality of life for all people through the application of technology and to promote a better understanding of the influence of technology on the public welfare. Today, IEEE is the leading source of technical information in areas ranging from aerospace, computers, and communications to bioengineering, electric power, and consumer electronics.

IEEE and Students

To foster student interest in the profession, IEEE has Student Branches in more than 500 educational institutions throughout the world. Student members have access to all Institute-wide activities and publications, plus a number of special student services. Potentials is a quarterly magazine for students that offers guidance in educational and career planning. Student Professional Awareness Conferences are coordinated by individual Branches. An Employment Guide for Engineers and Scientists offers salary information and state-by-state listings of prospective employers.

Electrical engineering has been a professional field since 1884. Since that time, technology and areas of expertise have developed to cover a wide range of services. IEEE has expanded with the field and serves members' specialized interests in:

  • Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing
  • Aerospace and Electronic Systems
  • Antennas and Propagation
  • Broadcast Technology
  • Circuits and Systems
  • Communications
  • Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology
  • Computers
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Control Systems
  • Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation
  • Education
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Electron Devices
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering in Medicine and Biology
  • Geoscience and Remote Sensing
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Industry Applications
  • Information Theory
  • Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Lasers and Electro-Optics
  • Magnetics
  • Microwave Theory and Techniques
  • Nuclear and Plasma Sciences
  • Oceanic Engineering
  • Power Electronics
  • Power Engineering
  • Professional Communications
  • Reliability
  • Robotics
  • Social Implications of Technology
  • Solid State Circuits
  • Systems, Man and Cybernetics
  • Ultrasonics, Ferroelectronics, and Frequency Control
  • Vehicular Technology

Additional Information on YOUR CAREER in Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering May Be Obtained From These Sources:

Schools of Engineering in the United States:

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, telephone (202) 331-3500. ASEE publishes two directories annually, one on undergraduate study and another on graduate study and research, in all fields of engineering. They may be purchased from ASEE Publications, same address and phone.

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, (ABET), 111 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202, telephone (410) 347-7700. Two publications may be purchased, one listing accredited schools of engineering and the other listing accredited schools of engineering technology, covering all fields of engineering.

Scholarships, Fellowships, Financial Assistance:

Students should talk with the financial aid administrators at the schools of their choice. Special programs may be available for minority students.

Federal Student Financial Aid Information Center, (800) 333-INFO. Information on U.S. Government Assistance to undergraduate and graduate students, all fields of study. A "Student Guide Fact Sheet" may be obtained by writing to Federal Student Aid Programs, P. O. Box 84, Washington, DC 20044.

Information on IEEE related undergraduate and graduate-level scholarships, fellowships, and awards may be obtained from IEEE Student Services, P. O. Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331, telephone (908) 562-5523.

Minorities and Women in Engineering:

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), 3 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001, telephone 212/279-2626.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE), 120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005, telephone (212) 509-9577.

Employment Projections for Electrical and Electronics Engineers:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "U.S. Occupational Handbook," available in public libraries. See the section on engineering.

Employers of Electrical and Electronics Engineers:

IEEE's Employment Guide for Engineers and Scientists, Student Edition, available in some university libraries. May also be purchased from IEEE; Student Edition, $14.95 members, $19.95 nonmembers); write to Publications Sales Department, IEEE Operations Center, P. 0. Box 1331, Piscataway, N.J. 08855-1331. Includes directory of companies that employ electrical, electronics, and computer engineers.

History of Electrical Engineering:

IEEE Center for the History of Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University, 39 Union Street, P. O. Box 5062, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-5062, telephone (908) 932- 1066.

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