Today, the organization’s more than 430,000 members are celebrating the fifth annual IEEE Day. This year’s theme is “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow,” a goal our members strive for every day.
Throughout the course of history, IEEE and its members have been leading the way in the evolution of technology.
This day commemorates the anniversary of the 1884 meeting in Philadelphia when members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, one of IEEE’s predecessor societies, gathered for the first time to share technical ideas. For more than a century, IEEE has continued this mission by convening the most brilliant minds in the field to help advance technology for the benefit of humanity. Right now, members are working on technologies that will impact our future, paving the way for the field and its many possibilities.
Many of the devices we rely on today have been made possible because of IEEE’s members work with the added help of IEEE standards, research, conferences. IEEE is proud to call some of the greatest inventors in history IEEE members. There’s Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, and Alexander Graham Bell, all of whom need no introduction. Then there’s Martin Cooper, who invented the handheld cellular phone, and Ralph H. Baer, the inventor of the home console for video games. Leonard Kleinrock, Robert E. Kahn, and Vinton Cerf are credited with helping to develop ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet. Thelma Estrin was one of the first to apply computer technology to health care and medical research, Fujio Masuoka invented flash memory, and Mitsumasa Koyanagi devised the stacked capacity cell—the dominant cell design for dynamic random access memory. And just today it was announced that IEEE members received Nobel Prizes in Physics for inventing the blue LED.
In addition, IEEE members have helped create lasers, remote controls, the radio, the X-ray machine, and even the tattoo gun. With many of today’s most popular electronic devices, you will find IEEE standards involved.
Anytime you connect to a wireless router, use your Bluetooth headset, watch 3-D television, take pictures or stream videos with your smartphone, or monitor physical activity with a fitness tracker, IEEE standards are at play. There are also medical devices used by hospitals that run on IEEE standards.
Looking to the future, the contributions being made by IEEE members today will have a huge impact on the smart cities and smart grids of tomorrow. Can you imagine a world without these contributions?
So join us in saluting these achievements. More than 300 events are being held around the world today, including a celebration dinner with students and distinguished members in Xalapa de Enriquez, Mexico, and a treasure hunt game in Lefkada, Greece, in which all things hidden are related to IEEE. Teams will use their smartphones and tablets to gather clues. The celebration also coincides with the 75th anniversary of the IEEE Argentina Section, in which keynote speaker IEEE President J. Roberto Boisson de Marca and others discuss the future of technology and how it can impact local government.
Become a part of it. Find out how to get involved in IEEE Day, too.