Senior member is the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply. IEEE members can self-apply, or be nominated, for Senior Member grade. Many executive volunteer offices require that a member hold IEEE Senior Member grade or higher. And, in order to become an IEEE Fellow, Senior Member grade is required. Consider elevating your grade today!

To be eligible for application or nomination, candidates must:

  • Be engineers, scientists, educators, technical executives, or originators in IEEE-designated fields;
  • Have been in professional practice for at least ten (10) years, i.e. credit for certain degrees count;
  • Show significant performance over a period of at least five (5) years, as an IEEE member.
  • In addition, candidates for Senior Member grade must supply three (3) references from current IEEE members holding the grade of Fellow, Senior Member, or Honorary Member.

Nominate a Senior Member Initiative

The Nominate a Senior Member Initiative was designed to encourage all IEEE Sections and Society Chapters to become actively involved in promoting the Senior Member grade. It has been demonstrated that there is a relationship between the grade a member holds and that member’s likelihood to keep their IEEE membership. The higher the grade, the more likely they are to renew.

This initiative aims to: 

  • Encourage grade advancement in IEEE;
  • Simplify the application process;
  • Offer financial incentives for approved Senior member applications;
  • Provide increased benefits for Senior membership.

To qualify for the 2021 Nominate A Senior Member Initiative, Senior member applications and reference forms must have been completed no later than 13 November 2021.

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