Rooted in the fledgling electrical industry of the 1880s, the organization became known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers before its name was simplified to IEEE (pronounced eye-triple-E). Its membership is now drawn from technologists in all domains.
In May 2020, it partnered with the University of Illinois’ Chicago and Urbana-Champaign campuses for the Open Access Read and Publish agreement. This new set of digital rights permits academics to use the IEEE’s large collection of standards, publications, and conference proceedings. Faculty will be able to contribute their writings to more than 200 magazines and journals, which will then be made public through IEEE. This is the first such agreement the institute has established in North America.
For three years, the university will charge faculty a flat fee that replaces separate subscription and article access fees. A discount system will link rising discounts to increased scholarly output.