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

  • 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

Petitions for IEEE Subsections can be submitted online after the proposed Subsection formation has been agreed to by the Section Chair and/or Region Director.  Please contact your Section Chair and/or Region Director directly to begin the process. Use the IEEE Geographic Roster to find contact information or send an email to petition@ieee.org.

Once the proposal has been accepted by the Section Chair and/or Region Director, please email petition@ieee.org to request a link to begin the online process.  Include the Section Chair’s and/or Region Director's verification in the email request.

  • To form a new 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 Subsection at its next scheduled meeting. 

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Petition for Society/Technical Council Chapters and Joint Chapters

Petitions for IEEE Society and Technical Council Chapters and Joint Chapters can be submitted online after the proposed Chapter formation has been agreed to by the Section Chair.  Please contact your Section Chair directly to begin the process. Use the IEEE Geographic Roster to find contact information or send an email to petition@ieee.org.

Once the proposal has been accepted by the Section Chair, please email petition@ieee.org to request a link to begin the online process.  Include the Section Chair’s verification in the email request.

Requirements to form a Chapter:

  • Twelve (12) qualified petitioners are required.
  • The online application will automatically invite qualified members to sign the petition. 

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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.
  • 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 MGA.
  • 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 

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Petition for a new Student Branch Chapter

Petitions for Student Branch Chapters can be submitted online after the proposed Student Branch Chapter has been agreed to by the Student Branch Counselor.

Once the proposal has been accepted by the Student Branch Counselor, please email petition@ieee.org to request a link to begin the online process.  Include the Student Branch Counselor’s verification in the email request.

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. 
  • 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.
  • Once the online application link is provided, you will be requested to provide 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 Student 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. 

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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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