About IEEE


IEEE is the abbreviation of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a professional association for electronic engineering and electrical engineering. IEEE is comparable with VDE in Germany and was founded 1963 in New York.

IEEE is active in 160 countries around the world and has around 400,000 members. The members in the individual countries are organized locally, such as the Germany Section. Each section is part of one of the ten IEEE regions worldwide. IEEE Germany Section is part of Region 8.

IEEE Regions

In addition to the local assignment, IEEE is further divided into specialist fields of interest, the societies. The mapping at the country level takes place via the chapters.


  • IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology.
  • With IEEE Xplore, IEEE operates the largest database for scientific publications worldwide.
  • IEEE sponsors more than 1,900 annual conferences and events worldwide. All important international conferences with focus on electrical engineering work together with IEEE (e. g. ECCE, speedam, …).
  • IEEE is a leading developer of industry standards in a broad range of technologies that drive the functionality, capabilities, and interoperability of a wide range of products and services, transforming how people live, work, and communicate (e. g. IEEE 802.11 for WiFi, IEEE 754 floating point standard, …)


Like the VDE, IEEE was founded as a local organization. While the VDE is still very strong in Europe and especially in Germany, the IEEE has spread all over the world from the founding country USA. 60 percent of the IEEE members are now active outside the USA.

The strength of the VDE in Germany and the advantages of the internationally established IEEE can be combined in many ways, which means that there is lively cooperation between the VDE and the German section of the IEEE.

  • VDE membership fee discount for IEEE members
  • Cooperation at conferences
  • Cooperation at standards
  • VDE and IEEE overarching student branches