IEEE Geographic Unit Formation Policies and Petitions

In accordance with the actions of the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board, there are specific guidelines to follow when forming an IEEE geographic unit. 

Many of the geographic unit petitions can be submitted online. For some, automation is in progress and a form must be downloaded, circulated, and submitted. Choose a geographic unit below to learn more about or begin the formation process.

Email IEEE Staff at petition@ieee.org with questions regarding unit formation policies or petition processes

Find more information about forming a geographic unit in Section 9 of the MGA Operations Manual

Sections/Subsections 

Upon joining IEEE, members are automatically associated with an IEEE Section. IEEE Sections provide their members a venue to share technical, professional, and personal interests locally, with their fellow members who live and/or work in close proximity.

  • To form a new Section, the petition form must be signed by a minimum of 50 eligible IEEE members. Forming a Subsection requires a minimum of 20 eligible members to sign the petition.

  • The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board shall approve the formation of a Section or Subsection at its next scheduled meeting.

  • The Section/Subsection petition form includes complete directions and a workflow document of the Section / Subsection petition processing activity. 

Access the IEEE Geographic Unit Petition Application 

Section/Subsection petition form (DOC, 233 KB)

top of page 

Petition for Student Branches

Petitions for Student Branches can be submitted online. To form a new Student Branch:

  • A petition by twelve (12), preferably more, IEEE Student members and at least three IEEE members above Student member grade who are faculty members teaching in IEEE designated fields of interest must be submitted to IEEE.
  • The online application will request the name of the educational institution involved and the names of the Interim Chair and the faculty Counselor.  
  • The online application will automatically invite qualified members to sign the petition. 

Access the IEEE Geographic Unit Petition Application 

top of page

Petitions for Student Branch Chapters

Petitions for Student Branch Chapters can be submitted online. To form a Chapter:
  • A petition, signed by not less than six (6), preferably more, IEEE Student Branch members, who are members of the technical Society, must be submitted to IEEE MGA Administration
  • The online application will request the name of the Student Branch, the name of the technical Society with which the Student Branch Chapter will be affiliated, the name of the interim Branch Chapter Chair and the name of the Faculty Advisor, who must also be a member of IEEE and the technical Society
  • The online application will automatically invite qualified members to sign the petition. 

Access the IEEE Geographic Unit Petition Application

top of page

Petition for Society/Technical Council Chapters and Joint Chapters

Petitions for IEEE Society and Technical Council Chapters and Joint Chapters can be submitted online. To form a Chapter:

  • Twelve (12) qualified petitioners are required.
  • The online application will automatically invite qualified members to sign the petition. 
Access the IEEE Geographic Unit Petition Application

top of page

Petition for Affinity Groups or Student Branch Affinity Groups

Forming an affinity group is the best way to interact and share information with others with similar interests in your local area. There are two types of affinity group formations:

To form an Affinity Group:

  • recruit six IEEE members willing to be part of the founding affinity group;
  • select someone to be responsible for the affinity group until the first meeting is held and the Officers are formally appointed;
  • obtain your Section or Student Branch's Executive Committee's approval (an Affinity Group depends administratively and financially on the Section); 

Access the IEEE Geographic Unit Petition Application

top of page 

Petition for Geographic Councils

In several Regions, groups of Sections agree to form a Geographic Council. This type of Council is intended to act as a subordinate committee of the Sections, and the Sections’ leaders have the right to direct its operation. The Council carries out delegated tasks that can be best done together by the Sections, rather than singly by each Section. The Sections retain their recognition as the basic operating, executive, and administrative unit of IEEE. 

The Region Director and the IEEE MGA Board approves the formation of a Geographic Council. The Geographic Council petition form includes complete directions and a workflow document of the Geographic Council petition processing activity.

top of page 

Petition status

The year to date (YTD) geographic unit formation report lists the petitions approved and subsequently formed geographic units, shown by unit type and by Region.

top of page