IEEE Membership Tops 429 000

Region 10 has biggest percent increase

8 March 2013

IEEE’s worldwide membership at the end of last year reached a record high of 429 085. That represents an increase of 13 096, or a little more than 3 percent as compared with 2011.

Overall, higher-grade membership grew to 312 861, an increase of 4684, or 1.5 percent. Graduate student membership grew by 10.1 percent to 43 912. Undergraduate student membership totaled 72 312—an increase of 6.5 percent.

The largest percentage of regional growth was in Region 10 (Asia and Pacific), which grew by 10 percent to 107 154 members, followed by Region 9 (Latin America), which rose 6.3 percent to 19 376 members, and Region 7 (Canada), which grew by 5.4 percent to 17 861 members.

IEEE’s 38 technical societies ended the year with 348 131 total memberships. This figure reflects the fact that individuals have the option of joining more than one society. The number of IEEE members holding at least one society membership increased last year by 1.9 percent, for a total of 211 032 individuals. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s membership increased the most in 2012—by 21.5 percent, to 11 701 members. IEEE’s three largest societies are the IEEE Computer Society (67 848 members), the IEEE Communications Society (50 702 members), and the IEEE Power & Energy Society (30 479 members).

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