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Monday, February 6, 2012

What are different aspects of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)?

- The institute of electrical and electronics engineers is often abbreviated and called as IEEE.
- The institute has its head quarters in the city of New York.
- It is a non profit organization and is comprised of professionals from the fields of electrical and electronics engineering.
- The main aim of the association is to continually make excellent technological advancements in the field of electrical and electronics engineering.
- IEEE currently has around 40, 00, 00 members world wide and across 160 plus countries.
- Around 45 percent of the member population is from countries other than United States.
- IEEE was started as a non profit association in the New York City in the year of 1963.
- It was formed as a resultant the merging of 2 great institutes of that time namely the American Institute of electrical engineers (AIEE) and the institute of radio engineers (IRE).
- AIEE and IRE were formed in 1884 and 1912 respectively and in 1963 they merged together to give rise a new association i.e., institute of electrical and electronics engineers.

- The IRE was mostly concerned with the works regarding radio engineering.
- It was composed several small associations dealing with their own subjects like wireless technology and telegraph engineering etc.
- On the other hand, the AIEE was involved with the technology of wire communications like telephony and telegraphy, power systems, light systems and so on.
- The field of electronics engineering saw a huge rise in 1930s.
- At that time it was obvious for an electronics engineer to become a member of IRE.
- It happened so because with the advent of technological advancements it was getting difficult to keep the technology of IRE and AIEE from mixing with each other.
- The competition between the 2 organizations continued till the end of World War II.
Soon after that the 2 separate organizations were consolidated and a new association IEEE took birth.

- The formation of the IEEE was officially declared on the date of 1st January, 1963.
- Following were some prominent and influential presidents of IEEE:

Elihu Thomson (1890, AIEE)
Alexander Graham Bell (1892, AIEE)
Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1902, AIEE)
Lee De Forest (1930, IRE)
Frederick E. Terman (1941, IRE)
William R. Hewlett (1954, IRE)
Ernst Weber (1959, IRE; 1963, IEEE)
Ivan Getting (1978, IEEE)

- The main aim of the IEEE is to make theoretical and practical advancements which are educational and scientific and in the field of electronics, electrical, computer engineering, communications, related sciences and arts, and the other allied branches of engineering.

- IEEE also organizes conferences and publishes scientific journals on the related matters.

- IEEE is also responsible for organizing standards in the industrial area like:

bio medical technology
electric power
information assurance
information technology
consumer electronics
telecommunications and

- Till date IEEE has developed over 900 technical standards.
- Therefore, it can be concluded it is also an organization for standards development.
- It conducts various programs in the institutes of higher learning.
- The merging of the two institutes can be seen in the logo of IEEE.
- It consists of a diamond shape which resembles the kite of Benjamin Franklin.
- In the kite there is an illustration of the right hand thumb rule.
- IEEE is a dual nature institute and has following 2 parts:
1.Technical focus: it refers to the computer society of IEEE.
2.Geography: it refers to the Philadelphia and South Africa section.

Apart from these there is one more unit that is managed by IEEE namely organizational unit IEEE- USA. The purpose of this unit is to implement the strategies and policies.

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