What does IEEE do ?
The IEEE provides learning opportunities within the engineering sciences, research, and technology. The goal of the IEEE education programs is to ensure the growth of skill and knowledge in the electricity-related technical professions and to foster individual commitment to continuing education among IEEE members, the engineering and scientific communities, and the general public.
IEEE eLearning Library is a collection of online educational courses designed for self-paced learning.
IEEE performs its standards making and maintaining functions through the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA).
IEEE standards affect a wide range of industries including: power and energy, biomedical and healthcare, Information Technology (IT), telecommunications, transportation, nanotechnology, information assurance, and many more.
In 2013, IEEE had over 900 active standards, with over 500 standards under development. One of the more notable IEEE standards is the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN group of standards which includes the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard and the IEEE 802.11 Wireless Networking standard.
The IEEE Board of Directors is comprised of the three IEEE Presidents; the Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, and Presidents of the six major boards; the ten Region Directors; the ten Division Directors; and the Directors Emeritus.
Board members are elected by elections.
IEEE President and CEO: Howard E. Michel
The major interests of the AIEE were wire communications (telegraphy and telephony) and light and power systems.
The IRE concerned mostly radio engineering, and was formed from two smaller organizations, the Society of Wireless and Telegraph Engineers and the Wireless Institute. With the rise of electronics in the 1930s, electronics engineers usually became members of the IRE, but the applications of electron tube technology became so extensive that the technical boundaries differentiating the IRE and the AIEE became difficult to distinguish.
After World War II, the two organizations became increasingly competitive, and in 1961, the leadership of both the IRE and the AIEE resolved to consolidate the two organizations.
The two organizations formally merged as the IEEE on January 1, 1963.