How to Become an IEEE Fellow

Do you know an IEEE colleague who has made outstanding contributions to the electrical and electronics engineering profession? If so, consider nominating him or her as an IEEE Fellow. The deadline for receipt of complete IEEE Fellow nominations for the Class of 2010 is 01 March 2009.
At the time the nomination is submitted, a nominee must be an IEEE Senior Member whose membership is current and who has completed five years of service in any grade of membership. Note: IEEE affiliate membership does not apply. The nominee can come from any field, including academia, government and industry.
Any person, including a non IEEE member, can nominate an IEEE Senior Member. The nominator cannot be a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE Fellow Committee, an IEEE Technical Society/Council Fellow Evaluating Committee Chair, a member of IEEE Technical Society/Council Fellow Evaluating Committee reviewing the nomination, or IEEE Staff.
The nominator is responsible for:
• Preparing the IEEE Fellow Grade Nomination Form
• Soliciting at least five, but no more than eight, references capable of assessing the nominee’s contributions. The references must be an IEEE Fellow in good standing. References cannot be members of the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE Fellow Committee, IEEE Technical Society/Council Fellow Evaluating Committee reviewing the nomination, the Nominator or IEEE Staff. Note: References will be accepted if a reference is an IEEE Senior Member in good standing and the nominee they are serving as a reference for resides in Region 9.
• Identifying an IEEE Society/Council whose evaluating committee will assess the nominee’s technical qualifications and contributions
• The option of soliciting no more than three Endorsements that can attest to the nominee’s field of technical accomplishments. Endorsements cannot be members of the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE Fellow Committee, IEEE Technical Society/Council Fellow Evaluating Committee reviewing the nomination, the Nominator or IEEE Staff.
The process consists of two reviews. The first evaluation is completed by the IEEE Society/Council that the nominator identified on the nomination form. The Technical Society/Council evaluation is extremely important, because it is an impartial and even-handed view of the nominee’s merit, by persons who are familiar with his or her work. Once the Technical Society/Council review is completed, their comments are given to the Fellow Committee.
All nomination materials are forwarded in confidence to the IEEE Fellow Committee, consisting of 52 members, who are all IEEE Fellows selected to represent the 10 IEEE Regions, and have expertise in the technical areas represented by IEEE Technical Societies/Councils.
The Fellow Committee recommends nominees to the IEEE Board of Directors, according to the following criteria:
• Significant contributions as Application Engineer/Practitioner, Educator Research Engineer/Scientist or Technical Leader.
• Evidence of technical accomplishments
• Evaluation by the IEEE Technical Society/Council selected by the nominator
• Confidential opinions of references and endorsements
• Service within IEEE and/or other professional engineering organizations
• Total years in the profession
The Fellow Committee submits its nominees to the IEEE Board of Directors during the 3rd Quarter, and the Board acts upon those recommendations at its year-end meeting.
According to IEEE Bylaw I-306-8, the total number of Fellow recommendations in any one-year must not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the voting membership on record as of 31 December of the year preceding.
For additional information, nominations instructions, forms and more, please visit http://www.ieee.org/fellow

 




The IEEE EMC Society Fellow Nomination Support Committee (FNSC) supports the nomination process for EMC Society members to be elevated to IEEE Fellow grade. They can provide help to nominators who have questions about the process, or who need assistance identifying possible IEEE Fellows to serve as references. Questions can be addressed to the committee chair, Todd Hubing (t.hubing@ieee.org), shown at left.

 


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