IEEE Day may be ten years old, but IEEE is over 100! In 1884 a group of engineers met to share ideas and the forerunner of IEEE was born. For the past ten years, IEEE members worldwide have met to celebrate the organization and its accomplishments.

Tuesday, October 1, from 6 pm to 9 pm, members and guests will come together at Oakton College, 1600 Golf Rd, Des Plaines, to celebrate one hundred and thirty-five years of IEEE. 

While members and guests are enjoying refreshments, IEEE members (with a minimum of ten years of experience in an IEEE discipline – or seven years past their BS) who desire to be considered for elevation to the grade of Senior Member will have an opportunity to meet with existing seniors to get their endorsements. (Three Senior Member endorsements are needed.)

IEEE is honored to have Maggie Swerdloff from the Center for Bionic Medicine, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (RIC) at Northwestern University as our featured technical speaker. The Center has been on the cutting edge of intelligent prosthetics for over a quarter of a century. Ms. Swerdloff will share with us the progress of the Center for Bionic Medicine’s research and what we can expect in the future.

Some information on new IEEE programs in the Chicago area, including new chapters forming and new K-12 programs being piloted here will also be covered. Families and friends are welcome. There will be giveaways, T-shirts, food, fun, and great information. Please RSVP to to insure we have enough for all.


If you have colleagues, friends, or relatives considering IEEE membership, now is the time for them to join! New professional members who join or lapsed members who rejoin October 1-10 will receive a $30 discount on their membership with the code IEEEDAY19R (Mail in applications attach a coupon to receive the discount. Sorry, Student rates are already highly discounted.) Members who refer new members will get double the Member-Get-A-Member points for the entire month of October.

Ten online courses will be discounted $10 with the code ILN10. A list of the courses can be  found at There are also a number of webinars on a wide range of topics available to celebrate.