IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization with more than 420,000 members worldwide in over 160 countries and is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE produces over 30% of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, publishing well over 100 peer-reviewed journals and sponsoring more than 1,600 annual conferences and meetings worldwide. In addition, IEEE is one of the leading standards-making organizations in the world through its IEEE Standards Association, with more than 900 active standards and over 500 standards under development as of 2013, including the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard and the IEEE 802.11 Wireless Networking standard.
Upon meeting certain requirements, a professional member can apply for Senior Membership, which is the highest level of recognition that a professional member can directly apply for.
Applicants for Senior Member must have at least three letters of recommendation from Senior, Fellow, or Honorary members and fulfill other rigorous requirements of education, achievement, remarkable contribution, and experience in the field. The Senior Members are a selected group, and certain IEEE officer positions are available only to Senior (and Fellow) Members. Senior Membership is also one of the requirements for those who are nominated and elevated to the grade IEEE Fellow, a distinctive honour.