Frequently Asked Questions

Get involved with IEEE WIE

IEEE Members:  If you are already an IEEE member, log in with your IEEE Account and add “IEEE Women in Engineering Membership“.

Non-members:  If you are not an IEEE member, join IEEE as a professional or student.  You must be an IEEE member in order to become an IEEE WIE member.  You can then add “IEEE Women in Engineering Membership” to your membership options.

IEEE WIE dues are US$25 annually and free to IEEE Student, Graduate Student, and Life Members.

To form a Student Branch Affinity Group, complete the Student Branch Affinity Group petition form and submit it to IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA). The faculty advisor is no longer required to be a IEEE WIE member but must be an IEEE member (of Member Grade or higher).

IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) will obtain the appropriate approvals and will notify you once the formation is completed.

To form an Affinity Group, complete the Affinity Group Petition Form (DOC, 100KB) and submit it to MGA. MGA will obtain the appropriate approvals and will notify you once the formation is completed.

IEEE provides free entity Web hosting which enables IEEE entities to develop, create, and maintain their own Web site on an IEEE host. There is an IEEE WIE Affinity group template available.

If you need assistance, please contact IEEE Women in Engineering

IEEE Women in Engineering  members can meet colleagues with similar interests in promoting women in engineering and technology and participate in activities that support the IEEE WIE mission.

IEEE WIE offers a wide array of benefits and discounts to its members, including…

  • Discounted registration to the IEEE WIE Annual International Leadership Conference, Leadership Summits, and other IEEE WIE events
  • Access to IEEE WIE award-winning magazine 2 issues/yr
  • Access to IEEE WIE  Newsletter
  • IEEE WIE awards, scholarships, and travel grants
  • Participate in exclusive IEEE WIE contests
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Appointments to IEEE WIE Committee
  • Member Grade advancement support
  • Learn More

Affinity Group Management

Affinity Groups are required to submit meeting, financial, and officer reports to IEEE MGA. Further information and report forms are available through IEEE MGA.

Student Branch Affinity Groups should follow the reporting procedures required by their Student Branch Chapter.

The IEEE MGA Operations Manual (PDF, 407 KB) contains information on procedures for running Affinity Groups. Student Branch Affinity Groups should review Sections 9.10, Student Branch Affinity Groups, and 9.8 Student Branch Chapters, and further discuss the formalities for reporting with their Student Branch as they may have their own additional procedures for reporting.

Affinity Groups should review Section 9.9, Affinity Groups.

Yes. An Affinity Group Chair job description is available. Other Section and Sub-unit officer job descriptions are also available.

Please visit the Section and Subunit Officer Positions job descriptions for more information.

If there has been a change in officers, the name and member number of the new Affinity Group Chair needs to be sent to the IEEE using the Officer Confirmation Form.

The IEEE Women in Engineering Committee (WIEC) encourages development of local activities that are of educational and professional value to IEEE members and that increase the visibility of the IEEE WIE Affinity Group. To assist IEEE WIE Affinity Groups, the IEEE WIEC has a limited amount of funding available to support such activities. Learn more about funding.

To apply for this funding, a Funding Request Form must be submitted.

Newly established  IEEE WIE Affinity Groups are eligible to request up to US$200 in start-up funding the first year they have been established.

Established  IEEE WIE Affinity Groups are eligible to request up to US$300 for special projects. Such requests must be submitted at least three months prior to the activity. The  IEEE WIEC will review the request at their next scheduled meeting. The IEEE  WIE Affinity Group will be advised if the request has been approved. The IEEE WIEC may consider funding beyond US$300 if a project is considered especially valuable to the IEEE WIE mission.

Promotional Items

Complete the Promotional Material Request Form.

Please provide at least 2 to 3 weeks notice when requesting promotional items.

IEEE products such as banners, certificates, pins, and plaques are available through IEEE by completing the Recognition Products Order Form.

Connecting IEEE WIE Members

Currently, the IEEE WIE Virtual Community is only open to the IEEE WIE Committee, its liaisons, and Coordinators and Affinity Group Chairs who are sent an invitation to join upon appointment. Members and Non Members can Join the IEEE Women in Leadership Collabratec Community. Via IEEE Collabratec

The current IEEE WIE Newsletter is is sent out on a monthly basis. Past IEEE WIE Newsletters are available to IEEE WIE members only. Email to request past issues.

If you are an IEEE WIE Member, the IEEE WIE Newsletter will be sent to the e-mail address you have on file with IEEE. If you are an IEEE WIE Member and have not received the IEEE WIE Newsletter, please update your IEEE profile with your current information.

Job Opportunities

IEEE WIE does not post positions on the IEEE WIE Web page. Please review the IEEE Sponsor kit for more information.

IEEE WIE does not have internship opportunities. You may want to contact your local  IEEE WIE Affinity Group to determine if they are aware of internships that are available.

Awards & Recognition

IEEE WIE may support applications for Senior Membership Grade. Complete the Senior Member Application Form and send it to:, copying

On the form, please complete all required fields (remember to be very specific with regard to significant performance). You can leave the nomination section blank (if you are requesting IEEE WIE’s assistance for a nomination) and this information will be completed after your information is reviewed by the IEEE WIEC.

Also, on this form you can add your two additional references. If you need IEEE WIE’s assistance for references please leave this section blank and IEEE WIE will assist with finding references for you.

For additional information, visit the IEEE Senior Member Web page.

There are several ways, such as the IEEE Awards Program and Senior Member Grade Elevation, to recognize outstanding individuals within IEEE.

Other Questions & Concerns

IEEE WIE Affinity Groups should use the approved IEEE WIE logo in order to maintain consistency and unity among IEEE WIE. To request the IEEE WIE logo, send an e-mail with your request to:

View IEEE WIE Visual Identity Guidelines

No. Men are welcomed and encouraged to join IEEE WIE.

No. IEEE WIE members are engineers, scientists, and allied professionals whose technical interests are rooted in electrical and computer sciences, engineering, and related disciplines.

IEEE OU Analytics allows volunteer access to membership statistics.  Specific IEEE WIE membership statistics are available.  Each Section has a designated representative who has access to IEEE OU Analytics.  View the list of volunteer positions with access to IEEE OU Analytics.