IEEE, pronounced "Eye-triple-E," stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The IEEE was formed on 1st January1963, as a merger of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) and the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE). The IEEE symbol is composed of a four-sided kite, commemorating Benjamin Franklin’s famous experiment in electricity. The central feature is the straight and curved arrows, symbolizing the right-hand rule of electromagnetism. The kite portion of the design was inherited from the AIEE, while the right-hand rule icon was adopted from the IRE. IEEE originally composed of only Electrical and Electronics Engineers but after its’s global expansion, IEEE's membership is now composed of engineers, scientists, and allied professionals. These include computer scientists, software developers, information technology professionals, physicists, medical doctors, and many others in addition to IEEE's electrical and electronics engineering core. IEEE now holds more than 426,000 members in more than 160 countries. It has 2,116 Chapters that unite local members with similar technical interests and 440 Affinity Groups. In addition, it also has one of the largest databases and hosts numerous renowned conferences worldwide. The Student Branch here at the North South University is one of the 2,669 student branches of the IEEE.
IEEE's core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
IEEE will be essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, and be universally recognized for the contributions of technology and of technical professionals in improving global conditions.