Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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FoundedJanuary 1, 1963; 57 years ago (1963-01-01)
TypeProfessional association
Legal status501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
FocusElectrical, Electronics, Communications, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology[2]
OriginsMerger of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers
MethodIndustry standards, Conferences, Publications
Key people
Stephen Welby (Executive director & COO)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a professional association for electronic engineering and electrical engineering (and associated disciplines) with its corporate office in New York City[3] and its operations center in Piscataway, New Jersey. It was formed in 1963 from the amalgamation of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers.[4]

Due to its expansion of scope into so many related fields, it is simply referred to by the letters I-E-E-E (pronounced Eye-triple-E), except on legal business documents. As of 2018, it is the world's largest association of technical professionals[5] with more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries around the world.[6] Its objectives are the educational and technical advancement of electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer engineering and allied disciplines.[3][7]



The IEEE traces its founding to 1884 and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. In 1912, the rival Institute of Radio Engineers was formed. Although the AIEE was initially larger, the IRE attracted more students and was larger by the mid 1950s.


The AIEE and the IRE merged to create the IEEE on 1 January 1963. At that time, the combined group had 150,000 members, 93% in the United States. By 1984 there were 250,000 members, 20% of whom were outside the U.S. Today, IEEE has over 420,000 members in 160 countries, with 44.5 percent outside of the U.S This international growth continues today.[8] The IEEE headquarters is in New York City at 3 Park Ave, but most business is done at the IEEE Operations Center[9] in Piscataway, NJ, first occupied in 1975.


Huawei Ban

In May 2019, IEEE banned Huawei employees from peer-reviewing papers or handling papers as editors. As members of its standard-setting body, Huawei employees can also continue to exercise their voting rights, attend standards development meetings, submit proposals and comment in public discussions on new standards.[10][11][12]

The IEEE ban has sparked outrage among Chinese scientists on social media. Some professors in China decided to quit from IEEE.[13][14]

On June 3, 2019, IEEE released a statement, in which it proactively lifted restrictions on Huawei's editorial and peer review activities.[15][16][17]