IEEE Global Membership Hits Another All-time High

Society membership also continues to grow

7 March 2014

IEEE’s global membership has set another record. At the end of 2013 it reached 431 191, an increase of 2106 members since the end of 2012.

Graduate student membership grew by 4.4 percent, to 45 854. Undergraduate student membership totaled 74 535, an increase of 3.1 percent. For the first time in six years, higher-grade membership declined slightly, to 310 802, a decrease of 0.7 percent, or 2059 members.

Region 10 (Asia and Pacific) showed the highest percentage growth. It grew by 4.6 percent to 112 117 members of all grades. India now has the largest number of IEEE student members, with 35 231. This is the first time a country outside the United States has had the most of a particular grade of membership. 

Showing second and third highest growth was Region 7 (Canada), which grew by 1.1 percent to 18 053 members, and Region 8 (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), which increased by 0.9 percent to 78 597 members.

IEEE’s 38 technical societies ended the year with 353 496 total memberships, an increase of 1.5 percent. The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society saw the highest percentage growth in 2013—increasing by 14.4 percent to 1489 members. It was followed by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, up 12.1 percent to 10 542 members, and the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, up 8.8 percent to 5 159 members.

The IEEE Communications Society added the most members—3269—reaching a total of 53 971. The IEEE Power & Energy Society grew by 1894 members to 32 373, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society added 1142 members, hitting a total of 10 542.

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