View source for IEEE History ← IEEE History You do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: The action you have requested is limited to users in the group: Users. You can view and copy the source of this page. == IEEE Today<br> == <p>IEEE, an association dedicated to the fostering of technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, is the world’s largest technical professional society. It is designed to serve professionals involved in all aspects of the electrical, electronic and computing fields and related areas of science and technology that underlie modern civilization.</p> <p>With almost 400,000 members worldwide, IEEE has a developed a unique dual complementary regional and technical structure - with organizational units based on geography and technical focus. It manages a separate organizational unit ([[IEEE-USA History|IEEE-USA]]) which recommends policies and implements programs specifically intended to benefit the members, the profession and the public in the United States. </p> <p>IEEE is organized into: </p> *331 local sections in 10 geographic regions. *about 1,951 chapters comprised of local members with similar technical interests. *38 societies and 7 technical councils that compose 10 technical divisions. *more than 1,855 student branches at colleges and universities in 80 countries. *533 student branch chapters. <p>The governance of IEEE is likewise complex. The voting membership of IEEE elects a new president each year, who serves for three years - first as President-elect, then as President and CEO, and finally as Past President. IEEE presidents also serve on the three top-tier IEEE governing bodies: </p> *[[IEEE Board of Directors|IEEE Board of Directors]] *IEEE Executives *IEEE Assembly <p>Six subordinate boards of the main Board of Directors govern major areas of IEEE interest. Each has an elected volunteer leader. </p> *[[IEEE Educational Activities Board|Educational Activities]] *[[IEEE-USA History|IEEE-USA]] *[[IEEE Regional Activities Board|Member and Geographic Activities Board (MGA Board)]] *[[IEEE Publications Board|Publication Services and Products Board]] *[[IEEE Standards Association History|Standards]] *[[IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB)|Technical Activities]] <p>In addition, the IEEE Board of Directors over the years as established standing committees to aid it in its governance. There are currently 16 standing committees of the IEEE Board of Directors: </p> *[[IEEE Audit Committee|Audit Committee]] *[[IEEE Awards|Awards Board]] *[[IEEE Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee History|Employee Benefits & Compensation Committee]] *[[IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee History|Ethics and Member Conduct Committee]] *[[IEEE Fellow Grade History|Fellow Committee]] *[[IEEE Finance Committee History|Finance Committee]] *[[IEEE Governance Committee History|Governance Committee]] *[[IEEE History Committee History|History Committee]] *[[IEEE Insurance Committee History|Insurance Committee]] *[[IEEE Investment Committee History|Investment Committee]] *[[IEEE Marketing and Sales Committee History|Marketing and Sales Committee]] *[[IEEE New Initiatives Committee History|New Initiatives Committee]] *[[IEEE Nominations and Appointments Committee History|Nominations and Appointments Committee]] *[[IEEE Strategic Planning Committee History|Strategic Planning Committee]] *[[IEEE Tellers Committee History|Tellers Committee]] *[[IEEE Women in Engineering|Women in Engineering Committee]] <p>In addition, the Presidents of the Societies and Technical Councils serve as part of the governance of the Technical Activities Board.</p> <p>Finally, IEEE has approximately 900 employees who support various IEEE activities. The Executive Director is the full-time chief operating officer.</p> == A Brief History of IEEE == === Origins === <p>Although it isn association of cutting-edge members, IEEE’s roots go back to 1884 when electricity was just beginning to become a major force in society. There was one major established electrical industry, the [[Telegraph|telegraph]], which—beginning in the 1840s—had come to connect the world with a communications system faster than the speed of transportation. A second major area had only barely gotten underway—electric power and light, originating in [[Thomas Alva Edison|Thomas Edison]]’s inventions and his pioneering [[Pearl Street Station|Pearl Street Station]] in New York. </p> === [[AIEE History 1884-1963|Foundation of the AIEE]] === <p>[[Image:AIEE Badge 0874.jpg|thumb|right]]In the spring of 1884, a small group of individuals in the electrical professions met in New York. They formed a new organization to support professionals in their nascent field and to aid them in their efforts—the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, or AIEE for short. That October the AIEE held its first technical meeting in Philadelphia. Many early leaders, such as founding President Norvin Green of [[Western Union|Western Union]], came from telegraphy. Others, such as Thomas Edison, came from power, while [[Alexander Graham Bell|Alexander Graham Bell]] represented the newer telephone industry. As electric power spread rapidly across the land—enhanced by innovations such as [[Nikola Tesla|Nikola Tesla’s]] AC Induction Motor, long distance AC transmission and large-scale power plants, and commercialized by industries such as Westinghouse and [[General Electric (GE)|General Electric]]—the AIEE became increasingly focused on electrical power and its ability to change people’s lives through the unprecedented products and services it could deliver. There was a secondary focus on wired communication, both the telegraph and the telephone. Through technical meetings, publications, and promotion of standards, the AIEE led the growth of the electrical engineering profession, while through local sections and student branches, it brought its benefits to engineers in widespread places.It also gave recognition for outstanding achievement in electrical techonologies through [[IEEE Awards|annual awards]], begining with the [[IEEE Edison Medal|Edison Medal]], first presented to [[Elihu Thomson|Elihu Thomson]] in 1909. </p> === [[IRE History 1912-1963|Foundation of the IRE]] === <p>[[Image:Brokaw mansion mosaic 0970(10).jpg|thumb|left|IRE Mosaic in the Society's Brokaw Mansion]]A new industry arose beginning with [[Guglielmo Marconi|Guglielmo Marconi]]’s [[Wireless Telegraphy|wireless telegraphy]] experiments at the turn of the century. What was originally called “wireless” became [[Radio|radio]] with the electrical amplification possibilities inherent in the vacuum tubes which evolved from [[John Fleming|John Fleming’s]] [[Diode|diode]] and [[Lee De Forest|Lee de Forest]]’s triode. With the new industry came a new society in 1912, the Institute of Radio Engineers. The [[Image:IRE Proceedings on Merger 1637.jpg|thumb|right]]IRE was modeled on the AIEE, but was devoted to radio, and then increasingly to electronics. It, too, furthered its profession by linking its members through publications, standards and conferences, and encouraging them to advance their industries by promoting innovation and excellence in the emerging new products and services. </p> === [[Formation of IEEE by the Merger of AIEE and IRE|The Societies Converge and Merge]] === <p>[[Image:Merger Symposium 0975.jpg|thumb|left|Merger Symposium at 1962 IRE Convention]]Through the help of leadership from the two societies, and with the applications of its members’ innovations to industry, electricity wove its way—decade by decade—more deeply into every corner of life—television, [[Radar|radar]], transistors, computers. Increasingly, the interests of the societies overlapped. Membership in both societies grew, but beginning in the 1940s, the IRE grew faster and in 1957 became the larger group. On 1 January 1 1963, The AIEE and the IRE [[Merger Documents|merged to]] form the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE. At its formation, the IEEE had 150,000 members, 140,000 of whom were in the United States. </p> === [[IEEE 1963-1984|IEEE 1963-1984]] === <p>Over the decades that followed, with IEEE’s continued leadership, the societal roles of the technologies under its aegis continued to spread across the world, and reach into more and more areas of people’s lives. The professional groups and technical boards of the predecessor institutions evolved into IEEE Societies. By the time IEEE celebrated its centennial (from the year AIEE was formed) in 1984, it had 250,000 members, 50,000 of whom were outside the United States. </p> === [[IEEE 1984 to the Present|IEEE from 1984]] === <p>Since that time, computers evolved from massive mainframes to desktop appliances to portable devices, all part of a global network connected by [[Communications Satellites|satellites]] and then by [[Fiber Optics|fiber optics]]. IEEE’s fields of interest expanded well beyond electrical/electronic engineering and computing into areas such as [[Early Microelectronics|micro]]- and [[Building Blocks of Nanotechology|nanotechnology]], ultrasonics, bioengineering, robotics, electronic materials, and many others. Electronics became ubiquitous—from jet cockpits to industrial robots to medical imaging. As technologies and the industries that developed them increasingly transcended national boundaries, IEEE kept pace, becoming a truly global institution which used the innovations of the practitioners it represented in order to enhance its own excellence in delivering products and services to members, industries, and the public at large. </p> <p>By the early 21st Century, IEEE served its members and their interests with 38 societies; 130 journals, transactions and magazines; more 300 conferences annually; and 900 active standards. </p> <p>Publications and educational programs were delivered online, as were member services such as renewal and elections. By 2009, IEEE had 380,000 members in 160 countries, with 44.5 percent outside of the country where it was founded a century and a quarter before. Through its worldwide network of geographical units, publications, web services, and conferences, IEEE remains the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. </p> <p>[[Category:IEEE]] [[Category:History_&_heritage|Category:History_&_heritage]]</p> Return to IEEE History. Retrieved from "http://ethw.org/IEEE_History"