The Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) is a transnational professional society with
more than 300,000 members in over 130 countries. The world's largest
engineering society, its objectives are scientific, educational, and
IEEE strives to advance the theory and practice of
electrical, electronics, and computer engineering and computer
science. To meet these objectives, the Institute holds more than
4,000 conferences and meetings every year; publishes 23 percent of
the world's literature in electrical, electronics, and computer
engineering; provides a number of ongoing educational programs;
works to advance the professional standing of its members; develops
worldwide standards; recognizes excellence in its fields of interest
with hundreds of awards and scholarships each year; and promotes the
study of the history of electro technology
IEEE plays an active role in accrediting engineering
and engineering technology programs, as well as computer science
programs. It participates in the Accreditation Board for Engineering
and Technology (ABET) by providing financial support and volunteers
to serve on accreditation committees. Similar support is provided to
the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB). Program
accreditation ensures that certain educational standards have been
IEEE also has a mandate to enhance the quality of
life for all people through the application of technology and to
promote a better understanding of the influence of technology on the
public welfare. Today, IEEE is the leading source of technical
informa- tion in areas ranging from aerospace, computers, and
communications to bioengineering, electric power, and consumer
To foster student interest in the profession, IEEE
has Student Branches in more than 500 educational institutions
throughout the world. Student members have access to all
Institute-wide activities and publications, plus a number of special
student services. Potentials is a quarterly magazine for students
that offers guidance in educational and career planning. Student
Professional Awareness Conferences are coordinated by individual
Branches. An Employment Guide for Engineers and Scientists offers
salary information and state-by-state listings of prospective
Electrical engineering has been a professional field
since 1884. Since that time, technology and areas of expertise have
developed to cover a wide range of services. IEEE has expanded with
the field and serves members' specialized interests in:
Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing
Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Antennas and Propagation
Circuits and Systems
Components, Packaging and Manufacturing
Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation
Engineering in Medicine and Biology
Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Instrumentation and Measurement
Lasers and Electro-Optics
Microwave Theory and Techniques
Nuclear and Plasma Sciences
Social Implications of Technology
Solid State Circuits
Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Ultrasonics, Ferroelectronics, and Frequency
Additional Information on YOUR CAREER in Electrical,
Electronics, and Computer Engineering May Be Obtained From These
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE),
1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, telephone (202) 331-3500.
ASEE publishes two directories annually, one on undergraduate study
and another on graduate study and research, in all fields of
engineering. They may be purchased from ASEE Publications, same
address and phone.
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology,
(ABET), 111 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202, telephone (410)
347-7700. Two publications may be purchased, one listing accredited
schools of engineering and the other listing accredited schools of
engineering technology, covering all fields of engineering.
Students should talk with the financial aid
administrators at the schools of their choice. Special programs may
be available for minority students.
Federal Student Financial Aid Information Center,
(800) 333-INFO. Information on U.S. Government Assistance to
undergraduate and graduate students, all fields of study. A "Student
Guide Fact Sheet" may be obtained by writing to Federal Student Aid
Programs, P. O. Box 84, Washington, DC 20044.
Information on IEEE related undergraduate and
graduate-level scholarships, fellowships, and awards may be obtained
from IEEE Student Services, P. O. Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ
08855-1331, telephone (908) 562-5523.
National Action Council for Minorities in
Engineering (NACME), 3 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001,
Society of Women Engineers (SWE), 120 Wall Street,
New York, NY 10005, telephone (212) 509-9577.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of
Labor, "U.S. Occupational Handbook," available in public libraries.
See the section on engineering.
IEEE's Employment Guide for Engineers and
Scientists, Student Edition, available in some university libraries.
May also be purchased from IEEE; Student Edition, $14.95 members,
$19.95 nonmembers); write to Publications Sales Department, IEEE
Operations Center, P. 0. Box 1331, Piscataway, N.J. 08855-1331.
Includes directory of companies that employ electrical, electronics,
and computer engineers.
IEEE Center for the History of Electrical
Engineering, Rutgers University, 39 Union Street, P. O. Box 5062,
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-5062, telephone (908) 932- 1066.