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

Petition for a new IEEE Section

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 must be signed by a minimum of 50 eligible IEEE members.

  • The organizer and petitioners must be of IEEE Graduate Student Member or of higher-grade status, and must be an IEEE member for a minimum of six months. They must also have mailing addresses within the territorial limits of the proposed Section. The organizer shall serve as the interim Chair pending election at a later date.

  • The online application will automatically invite qualified members to sign the petition.

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

Access the IEEE Geographic Unit Petition Application

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Petition for a new IEEE Subsection

Upon joining IEEE, members are automatically associated with an IEEE Section. Subsections, a subunit of a Region or Section, are formed to meet the needs of a smaller group of members locally. Participating in a Subsection provides opportunities, through its many activities to grow, on multiple professional and personal levels.

  • To form a new Subsection, the petition requires a minimum of 20 eligible members to sign the petition.

  • The organizer and petitioners must be of IEEE Graduate Student Member or of higher-grade status, and must be an IEEE member for a minimum of six months. They must also have mailing addresses within the territorial limits of the proposed Subsection. The organizer shall serve as the interim Chair pending election at a later date.

  • The online application will automatically invite qualified members to sign the petition.

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

Access the IEEE Geographic Unit Petition Application

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Petition for Society/Technical Council Chapters and Joint Chapters

A Chapter shall be a technical subunit of a Region, one or more Sections, or a Geographic Council. There may be single Society Chapters, joint Society Chapters, and Technical Council Chapters. Chapters are your local link to the valuable resources available from IEEE and its 40+ Societies and Technical Councils.

Requirements to form a Chapter:

  • The Organizer must be of IEEE Graduate Student Member or of higher-grade status and must be an IEEE member for a minimum of six months. The organizer shall serve as the interim Chair pending election at a later date.

  • At least twelve (12) active IEEE members of Graduate Student Member grade or higher, who are members of the parent society(ies) and Section involved, and are active IEEE members for a minimum of six continuous months. The online application will automatically invite qualified members to sign the petition.

 Access the IEEE Geographic Unit Petition Application

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Petition for a new IEEE Student Branch

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

  • The Organizer of the Student Branch (interim Student Branch Chair) holds an active IEEE Student or Graduate Student Member grade, attends the school, and submits the petition online.
  • The online application will request the name of the educational institution department head and the IEEE Member number of the faculty Counselor.

  • At least twelve (12) IEEE Student members who attend the school. The online application will automatically invite qualified members to sign the petition.

  • At least two (2) active  IEEE members holding Graduate Student member grade or higher, who are faculty members teaching in IEEE designated fields of interest.

Access the IEEE Geographic Unit Petition Application

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Petition for a new Student Branch Chapter

 Requirements to form a Student Branch Chapter:

  • The Organizer of the Student Branch Chapter (interim Student Branch Chapter Chair) holds an active IEEE Student or Graduate Student Member grade, attends the school, has active membership to the Socidety or Technical Council, and submits the petition online. 
  • At least six (6) active IEEE Student Branch members, who are active members of the Society or Technical Council, and attend the school. The online application will automatically invite qualified members to sign the petition.

  • Active IEEE Member number of the Student Branch Counselor who endorses this petition on behalf of the Student Branch Executive Committee.

  • IEEE Member number of the Student Branch Chapter Advisor, who is an active member of the Society or Technical Council, and a faculty member of the school. The Advisor must be an active IEEE Graduate Student Member or higher.

Access the IEEE Geographic Unit Petition Application 

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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:

  • A petition, signed by not less than six (6), preferably more IEEE members willing to be part of the affinity group must be submitted to IEEE MGA
  • 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

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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.

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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.

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