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IEEE-USA was created by IEEE's U.S. membership in 1973 to recommend policies and implement programs "specifically intended to serve and benefit the members, the profession, and the public in the United States in appropriate professional areas of economic, ethical, legislative, social and technology policy concern."  We rely on the time and expertise of hundreds of IEEE U.S. volunteers to help us achieve this mission. If you are interested in IEEE-USA, or in promoting professional activities in your section, chapter, or student branch, and are willing to volunteer your time and energy, we're anxious to get you involved.


If you are interested in public policy, visit our Public Policy Forum and see what issues we're working on and what resources are available.  If you are willing to serve as a grass roots advocate in support of the IEEE-USA Legislative Agenda, then visit our Legislative Action Center.

IEEE U.S. Members meet with Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ)

If you would like to offer your expertise in a specific area of public policy, then we can explore possible involvement on our technology and career activities committees, either as a regular or corresponding member.  Our technology policy activities encompass are broad array of topics including computers and communications, energy, medical technology, research and development and transportation policy.  Our career policy activities cover issues such as engineering employment benefits, high-tech immigration and workforce utilization, intellectual property, engineering licensure and continuing education, career equality, and a host of other career related issues.  Visit the Web pages of IEEE-USA's committees and send an email query to the IEEE-USA volunteer and staff information contacts on each page of interest to you.


IEEE-USA is always on the lookout for material to publish in its monthly IEEE-USA Today's Engineer and its quarterly interactive publication, IEEE-USA In Action, along with ideas and authors for IEEE-USA E-books.  If you have some IEEE-related news or an issue you'd like to write about in the areas of professional development or public policy, consider publishing with IEEE-USA.  Check out Today's Engineer's editorial guidelines or contact us for more information


If you are concerned about the math, science, and technology literacy of elementary and high school students and willing to invest a little bit of your time and energy, IEEE-USA's K-12 STEM Literacy Committee can help you find out how you can make a difference.


Have you thought about going into business for yourself?  Then check to see if there is a local IEEE-USA-sponsored consultants or entrepreneurs network in your area.  Getting involved in your local network will let you tap the advice and support of fellow IEEE members with similar interests.


A dozen Washington, D.C.-area IEEE members and IEEE Computer Society and IEEE-USA staff volunteer for WETA-TV telethon, and help raise IEEE public visibility.

If you prefer to explore opportunities for career-enhancing professional activities in your city, state, or region, then the PACE Network is the place for you.   PACE chairs serve in most U.S. sections and many technical society chapters by organizing professional programs and activities for the membership.  There are also regional PACE coordinators who work with the sections and chapters in their regions on specific topics such as employment assistance, precollege education, professional education, state government activities, student professional awareness and technology policy issues.

Typical PACE activities include arranging for career-oriented speakers at section meetings, holding student and member professional awareness conferences, and a host of special activities, such as organizing National Engineers Week activities, student contests and competitions, or Engineering Days at the state capitol.


The links on this page will get you started.  If you run into a dead-end or need further assistance, then just contact IEEE-USA and let us know how we can help.

Updated:  22 July 2014
Contact: Chris Brantley,


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