Requirements for Senior Member:

Briefly, the requirements for senior membership are to have been in professional practice for at least ten years and to have shown significant performance over a period of at least five of those years. Between 3-5 years of the required 10 years can be in the form of education (depending on your level of education).

Significant performance does not mean you won a noble prize! It means such things as substantial engineering responsibility or achievement, publication of engineering or scientific papers; technical direction of important engineering work with evidence of accomplishment; or development of engineering courses.

More information with examples of what it means to meet the requirements can be found at the IEEE website:

Advantages of becoming a Senior Member:

  • Professional recognition of your peers for technical and professional excellence.
  • An attractive wood and bronze engraved Senior Member plaque to proudly display.
  • $25.00 gift certificate toward one new Society membership.
  • A letter to your employer on achievement of Senior Member grade (upon request).
  • Announcement of elevation in the Society newsletter.
  • Eligibility to hold executive IEEE volunteer positions.
  • Eligible for election to be an IEEE Fellow.

How to become a Senior Member:

The following procedure outlines the recommended steps to guide you through the Senior Member Application process.

  • Complete and Submit Your Application Form
    Electronic forms, instructions and other details can be found at:
  • Submit Your Resume or CV
    Although a resume is not a strict requirement to be considered for Senior Member grade, it is strongly recommended that you provide one. The resume will assist the Review Panel members in ascertaining that you meet the requirements for Senior Member. In particular, your resume should highlight those areas of your experience that go towards meeting the requirement for 5 years of Significant Performance. Resumes should also include the relevant dates of your professional and educational experience. Dates are important in order to determine that you do, in fact, have the required ten years of professional experience and/or 5 years of Significant Performance.

Most rejected applications are the result of applicants not providing relevant dates associated with their background, or from a failure to properly document those specific activities that meet the Significant Performance requirement. Please pay particular attention to these areas.

Part of the application procedure is to provide references. Three are required. They must be senior members or Fellows. For a list of Fellows see the IEEE