The IEEE of 2030 Begins Now

Work is going on across the organization to chart a course for the future

20 March 2015

Significant work related to the organization’s strategy for the future is under way this year by the IEEE Board of Directors.


At the January 2015 Board retreat, a diverse group of participants, including the IEEE Board of Directors, the executive staff, and select volunteers, convened to engage in a candid dialogue on IEEE’s future direction and strategy.


For this dialogue, IEEE partnered with the Toronto-based facilitation firm Syntegrity Group, which led participants through a three-day consensus-building process designed to handle complex challenges. The objectives were to:

  1. Better understand the changes we must make now to best position IEEE for success in 2030, while still supporting the needs of technologists between now and then;
  2. Focus on key strategic objectives that support the short- and long-term vision for the IEEE of 2030;
  3. Arrive at a holistic understanding of what a flourishing IEEE should consist of in the future, and;
  4. Identify and agree on the steps we must take to begin moving in that direction over the next two years.

The three-day retreat resulted in the delineation of 12 strategic topics, each with recommendations along with an interpretation of each topic’s perceived importance. In February, a smaller subset of the original group met to further refine these topics and begin to develop a roadmap that would add clarity to the work along with realistic timelines and expectations. This effort resulted in four strategic objectives:

  1. Create a nimble, flexible, forward-looking organization;
  2. Foster public imperatives;
  3. Foster diverse technical communities with IEEE and industry, government, and academia, and;
  4. Empower the discovery, development, and delivery of cutting-edge products and services.

To anchor the entire IEEE in 2030 effort, the focus was placed on the following strategic question:

“What changes must we make now to best position IEEE for success in 2030 while still supporting the needs of technologists between now and then?”


A newly formed IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on IEEE in 2030 has been given responsibility for following this strategy, including monitoring progress and reporting back to the board and organizational units (OUs). Barry Shoop, 2015 IEEE President-Elect, is the chair of this committee. 

In March the committee began developing detailed roadmaps to support the four strategic objectives and work with the board, the OUs, standing committees, other ad hoc committees, and other groups within IEEE to execute plans.

View the more detailed outline of the entire process here. Questions or feedback may be shared through

Michel is IEEE President and CEO, and Shoop is the 2015 President-Elect. Gerstmann is staff executive of IEEE Corporate Activities, and More is a senior director in Corporate Activities. 

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