Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Official logo of the IEEE
purpose Promotion of technological innovations for the benefit of mankind
Chair: James A. Jefferies
Establishment date: January 1, 1963
Number of members: over 423,000
Seat : New York , NY, USA

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE , usually pronounced as " i triple e " [ ai trɪpl i: ]) is a worldwide professional association of engineers mainly in the fields of electrical engineering and information technology, with its legal seat in New York City and its operations center in Piscataway , New Jersey . He organizes specialist conferences, publishes various specialist magazines and forms committees for the standardization of technologies , hardware and software . Scientific articles in journals or at IEEE conferences are generally assumed to be of particularly high technical quality. With publications such as the magazine IEEE Spectrum, the organization advocates interdisciplinary information and the discussion of the social effects of new technologies.


IEEE headquarters in New York City

In 2016, the IEEE is the largest technical professional association in the world with 423,000 members in over 160 countries. It is divided into numerous societies that deal with special areas of electrical engineering and information technology and, in their diversity, cover the entire spectrum of the subject. The current board members can be found on the national websites. Worldwide the membership work is summarized in approx. 300 country-oriented groups.

The IEEE was created on January 1, 1963 from the merger of the two American engineering associations American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) and Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE).

His logo stylized shows the corkscrew rule of electromagnetism within a diamond placed on the corner . This diamond symbolizes the kite with which Benjamin Franklin showed that lightning is a form of electrical energy. The corkscrew rule was adopted by the IRE, while the kite (the diamond) was brought by the AIEE.

The IEEE annually awards prizes and medals ( IEEE Medal of Honor and a number of IEEE Technical Field Awards ) to scientists who achieve exceptional achievements in their field. These include the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal , the IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award , the IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award , the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award , the Eckert-Mauchly Award , the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award , the John Tyndall Award , the IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal , the Robert N. Noyce Medal , the Knuth Prize , the W. Wallace McDowell Award , the Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award , the Richard W. Hamming Medal , the IEEE Edison Medal , the IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award (successor to the IEEE Jack A. Morton Award), the JJ Ebers Award , the Quantum Electronics Award , the John von Neumann Medal and the IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal .

IEEE Societies

The IEEE is subdivided into 39 societies , which specifically deal with various detailed topics. The individual societies have their own periodicals and also hold special conferences on their subject area.


Ranks of members

You can become a member of the IEEE as a student member , professional member (for short: member ) or as an associate member , depending on the level of training . In addition, there are the following "ranks" ( English membership grades ):

  • Senior Member : A member can apply for this rank if certain prerequisites have been met, such as academic or academic merit , for example evidenced by relevant publications, and at least three letters of recommendation from senior, fellow or honorary members .
  • Fellow Member : The rank of IEEE Fellow is the highest that can be awarded. A senior member receives it for extraordinary service solely through the IEEE Board of Directors after nomination by others. A member cannot apply for this rank himself.
  • Honorary Member : People who are not members of the IEEE, but have achieved extraordinary services, for example proven by being awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor , can be awarded this rank by the IEEE Board of Directors .
  • Life Members , Life Senior Members and Life Fellows : Members who have reached the age of 65 and whose number of years of membership in the IEEE plus their years of life is at least 100 receive the addition of Life to their degree.

IEEE standardizations (selection)

  • IEEE 488 - Bus system for peripheral devices (GPIB)
  • IEEE 610 - Standard Glossary of Software Engineering Terminology
  • IEEE 696 - Standard Specification for S-100 Bus Interface Devices
  • IEEE 730 - Standard for Software Quality Assurance Plans
  • IEEE 730.1 - Guide for Software Quality Assurance Planning
  • IEEE 754 - Floating Point Arithmetic Specifications
  • IEEE 802 - LAN / MAN
  • IEEE 802.3 - Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.11 - Wireless LAN
  • IEEE 802.15 - Wireless Personal Area Network , etc. a. Bluetooth
  • IEEE 802.16 - Broadband Wireless Access
  • IEEE 828 - Standard for Software Configuration Management Plans
  • IEEE 829 - Standard for Software and System Test Documentation
  • IEEE 830 - Software Requirements Specification
  • IEEE 982.1 - Standard Dictionary of Measures of the Software Aspects of Dependability
  • IEEE 1003 - POSIX
  • IEEE 1008 - Standard for Software Unit Testing
  • IEEE 1012 - Software Validation & Verification Plan
  • IEEE 1016 - Software Design Description
  • IEEE 1028 - Standard for Software Reviews and Audits
  • IEEE 1042 - Guide to Software Configuration Management
  • IEEE 1044 - Standard Classification for Software Anomalies
  • IEEE 1044.1 - Guide to Classification for Software Anomalies
  • IEEE 1058 - Software Project Management Plan
  • IEEE 1059 - Guide for Software Verification and Validation Plans
  • IEEE 1061 - standard for a software quality metrics methodology
  • IEEE 1062 - Recommended Practice for Software Acquisition
  • IEEE 1063 - Standard for Software User Documentation
  • IEEE 1076 - Very High Speed ​​Integrated Circuit Hardware Description Language
  • IEEE 1149.1 - JTAG
  • IEEE 1209 - recommended practice for the Evaluation and Selection of Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools
  • IEEE 1228 - Standard for Software Safety Plans
  • IEEE 1233 - Guide for Developing System Requirements Specifications
  • IEEE 1275 - Open Firmware
  • IEEE 1284 - Parallel Interface
  • IEEE 1348 - Recommended Practice for the Adaptation of Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE) Tools
  • IEEE 1355 - Standard for Heterogeneous InterConnect (HIC) (Low-Cost, Low-Latency Scalable Serial Interconnect for Parallel System Construction)
  • IEEE 1394 - FireWire / i.Link bus systems
  • IEEE 1451 - intelligent sensors in the network
  • IEEE 1471 - IEEE Recommended Practice for Architectural Description of Software-Intensive Systems
  • IEEE 1516 - Standard for Modeling and Simulation (M&S) High Level Architecture (HLA)
  • IEEE 1588 - Precision Time Protocol ( PTP , also IEC 61588)
  • IEEE 1613 - Environmental and Testing Requirements for Communications Networking Devices Installed in Electric Power Substations (Requirements for communication equipment in substations)
  • IEEE 1680 - Environmental performance criteria for desktop personal computers, notebook personal computers and personal computer displays
  • IEEE 9945 - Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX®)
  • IEEE 15288 - Systems and software engineering - System life cycle processes

All described at Wikipedia IEEE -Standardisierungen are in the category standards IEEE summarized.

Online library

Under the name IEEE Xplore Digital Library , IEEE operates a very comprehensive library of its own over 100 specialist journals, conference publications and publications by partner organizations in the areas of interest of IEEE. It contains over 3.5 million English-language search terms and content. Summaries can be accessed free of charge. The full text of publications can be purchased online either through a subscription or a one-off payment.

Affiliated Organizations

Archive of electrical engineering and information technology

From 2008 to 2014 IEEE organized the IEEE Global History Network (IEEE GHN) with the aim of documenting, processing and explaining the history of electrical engineering and information technology. Memories and collective knowledge of the historical process should be made accessible to the public via the Internet.

IEEE milestone in Laufenburg in memory of the network coupling between Switzerland, Germany and France ( UCPTE 1958)
  • IEEE has a program for awarding milestones (milestones) . Today, the corresponding collection includes over a hundred confirmed milestones honoring devices, works and patents in electrical engineering and computer science around the world that have brought pioneering technical achievements to mankind.
  • IEEE milestones can be proposed by any IEEE member. Applications are submitted and funded by an IEEE organizational unit. The prerequisite is that the events were at least 25 years ago. As recommended by the IEEE History Commission, the approval of the IEEE Board of Directors is required. A memorial service will then be held on the spot for the milestone.
  • The complete list of IEEE milestones is updated by IEEE and ETHW and can be viewed.

What is unique so far is that inventors, engineers and scientists can publish their personal memories and experiences in this context as a first-hand history .

At the beginning of 2015, the IEEE GHN joined the larger organization Engineering and Technology History Wiki (ETHW) , which encompasses other fields of engineering.


Since September 1st, 2010 the Honor Society Eta Kappa Nu has become part of IEEE. The abbreviation HKN stands for the three first Greek letters, whereby Eta in English does not correspond to E ( epsilon ), but H.

See also

Web links

Commons : Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers  - Collection of Images, Videos, and Audio Files

Individual evidence

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  2. a b Summary organization . , accessed on January 18, 2018
  3. ^ IEEE Germany Section. Electron Devices Society German Chapter (ED15). IEEE, accessed February 23, 2017 .
  4. ^ IEEE: IEEE Switzerland Executive Committee. Retrieved March 25, 2015 .
  5. ^ IEEE Societies & Communities. IEEE, accessed February 23, 2017 .
  6. IEEE Xplore Digital Library
  7. Milestones: Marconi's Early Wireless Experiments, 1895. Accessed March 25, 2015 (English).
  8. Milestones: Discovery of Superconductivity, 1911. Retrieved March 25, 2015 (English).
  9. Milestones: Star of Laufenburg Interconnection, 1958. Accessed March 25, 2015 .
  10. List of all IEEE milestones (English)
  11. First-Hand Histories. (English)
  12. Eta Kappa Nu. Engineering and Technology History Wiki, accessed May 18, 2019.
  13. ^ Steve E. Watkins: IEEE-HKN: The Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society. IEEE Potentials, Volume 31, Issue 4, July-Aug. 2012, accessed May 18, 2019.