IEEE President Elect: IEEE Overview, 2024 Priorities and Strategic Plan

by Tom Coughlin, IEEE President Elect (edited by Alan J Weissberger)

IEEE at a Glance:

  • 420,000 members in 190+ countries
  • Sponsors 2,000+ conferences in 96 countries annually
  • 5 million+ documents in the IEEE Xplore® digital library, with 15 million+ downloads each month
  • Publishes approximately 200 transactions, journals, and magazines; IEEE is 3 out of the top 5 publications on AI, Automation and Control Systems, and Computer Science HW and SW
  • Leader in tech patents granted
  • 1,076 active standards (including IEEE 802.3 Ethernet and IEEE 802.11 WiFi)
  • 900+ standards under development
  • 46 Societies and Technical Councils
  • IEEE members have won 21 Nobel Prizes
  • Lots of volunteer opportunities!

Technical Expertise that is Broad and Deep:

IEEE is the most-cited publisher in new patents from top patenting organizations!

A study of the top 50 patenting organizations ranks IEEE #1 again:

  • Nearly 3x more citations than any other publisher
  • Patent referencing to IEEE increased 864% since 1997
  • Analyzed by discipline, IEEE is the #1 most referenced publisher in AI, Blockchain, Computing, Cybersecurity, IoT, Power Systems, Semiconductors, Telecom and more
  • The importance of sci-tech literature in patents is rising IEEE research is increasingly valuable to innovators

IEEE Priorities for 2024:

  • Increasing  outreach to younger IEEE members
  • Increase engagement with industry groups
  • Increasing our outreach to the broader public
  • Make investments in new products and services
  • Improve the communications and coordination between standards activities and the technical societies

Strengthening IEEE’s Value to Industry:

This will require serious work at the local section level as well as by various IEEE Organizational Units.  Goals and objectives:

  • Get members from industry involved in your local section leadership
  • Work with your local companies
  • Participate in local trade shows (exhibits, talks)
  • Recognize local companies for their activities
  • Getting IEEE engaged with industry is an important element in retaining and attracting younger members (one of our 2024 IEEE Priorities)
  • IEEE organizational units must be part of this effort!

Note:  IEEE will need to create a new strategic plan out to 2030.

One thought on “IEEE President Elect: IEEE Overview, 2024 Priorities and Strategic Plan

  1. Wow, that is an impressive list of contributions by so many IEEE volunteers, especially the author (Tom) and editor (Alan) of this article. Well done and good luck as you help move the organization forward.

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