Founded in 1884 by a handful of practitioners of the new electrical engineering discipline, today's Institute includes 53,000 students within a total membership of nearly 356,000 members who conduct and participate in its activities in 150 countries. The men and women of the IEEE are the technical and scientific professionals making the revolutionary engineering advances which are reshaping our world today. And today's students are the future of the profession.
The technical objectives of the IEEE focus on advancing the theory and practice of electrical, electronics and computer engineering and computer science. To realize these objectives, the IEEE sponsors nearly 800 Student Branches worldwide, as well as scholarships and awareness programs, technical conferences, symposia and local meetings; publishes nearly 25% of the world's technical papers in electrical, electronics and computer engineering; and provides educational programs to keep its members' knowledge and expertise state-of-the-art.