About WIE

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is one of the largest international professional organizations dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists, and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests in a career in engineering.

Mission & Vision

Our goal is to facilitate the recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines globally. We envision a vibrant community of IEEE women and men collectively using their diverse talents to innovate for the benefit of humanity.

IEEE WIE strives to…

  • Recognize the outstanding achievements of women in electrical and electronics engineering through IEEE Awards nominations
  • Organize receptions at major technical conferences to enhance networking and to promote membership in WIE
  • Advocate women in leadership roles in IEEE governance, and career advancement for women in the profession
  • Provide assistance with the formation of new WIE Affinity Groups, and support ongoing activities
  • Promote IEEE member grade advancement for women to the membership grades of Senior member and Fellow
  • Facilitate the development of programs and activities that promote the entry into, and retention of, women in engineering programs
  • Administer the IEEE Student-Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist (STAR) Program to mentor young women in junior and high schools

WIE Global Activities

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Get the opportunity to participate in communities that fuel innovation, facilitate knowledge-sharing, and provide support through highly interactive sessions. WIE ILC focuses on providing leading-edge professional development for mid-to-senior level women.
Stay connected through IEEE Summits – global initiatives that focus on inspiration, leadership, empowerment and entrepreneurship for mid-to-senior level women in technology. Summits provide opportunities for networking, mentorship, and collaboration.

2018 IEEE WIE Leadership Summits

July 21-22  2018
Theme: Lead beyond borders 


IEEE WIE member dues are US$25 annually. IEEE WIE membership is free for Students, Graduate Student Members and Life Members.

To join, add “IEEE Women in Engineering MEMWIE” to your renewal invoice, or select “IEEE Women in Engineering Membership” under “Special Interest Groups” when you renew online. A $25 fee will be added to you.



Among other benefits, membership in IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) includes access to the IEEE WIE electronic membership directory, a monthly electronic newsletter, and the award-winning Women in Engineering Magazine.



The WIE in IEEE initiative focuses on bringing together  and highlighting all women in tech activities happening across IEEE. This central repository will live on the WIE in IEEE page on WIE’s new website.

Do you have an upcoming event or activity? Let us help you share your event or activity across IEEE.

You can submit the following content:

  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Society events
  • Links to articles in IEEE publications
  • Links to groups related to women in engineering
  • Awards/Scholarships/Travel Grants, etc.
  • Fellows
  • Anything IEEE related to Women in Science/Technology/Engineering/Math



  • Opportunity to have a repository of information to help tell the “story” of what is happening across IEEE related to this topic.
  • Additional publicity
  • One IEEE

Member Benefits & Discounts

WIE offers a wide array of benefits and discounts to its members, including…

  • Discounted registration to the WIE Annual International Leadership Conference, Leadership Summits, and other WIE events
  • Access to WIE award-winning magazine 2 issues/yr
  • Access to WIE  Newsletter
  • WIE awards, scholarships, and travel grants
  • Participate in exclusive WIE contests
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Appointments to WIE Committee
  • Member Grade advancement support


Types of Membership

WIE Membership is offered to IEEE members who have an interest in the status of women engineers – both within IEEE and the engineering profession as a whole.

WIE offers two types of Membership: Student and higher grade/ Professional members.

Student Membership Includes:

And much more…

Higher Grade Membership Includes:

And much more…

Eligibility to Join IEEE WIE

Only IEEE members are eligible to join IEEE WIE.

If you are already an IEEE member you can add WIE to your existing membership.

WIE Contests & Competitions

Throughout the year, WIE runs various contests and competitions that are focused on the field of Engineering and the role it plays in advancing technology. Competitions and contests posted here are open only to WIE members.


Women in Leadership

Online Community

IEEE Collabratectem  is an online platform that allows women engineers, scientists, and educators from around the world to network, connect and collaborate with individuals from various technical backgrounds.



Volunteers are an essential part of the IEEE organization, and WIE offers many ways to get involved.


Pre-University Outreach-Star Program

Starting in 2010, WIE redefined the STAR program to represent all pre-university outreach activities, not limited to the Student-Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist Program.

The IEEE Student-Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist (STAR) Program was developed to address the growing concern that, at a young age, girls are discouraged from careers in mathematics, science, and engineering.

This educational outreach program promotes involvement of IEEE members with local junior high and high schools in order to create a positive image of engineering careers.

Through a one-to-one interaction between society volunteers and a Student-Teacher Team, STAR’s aim is to create a technical support network for teachers and a mentoring program for students.



STAR: 2010 and beyond

In 2010 and beyond, WIE has redefined the STAR program as a program that represents all pre-university outreach activities, and not limited to the Student-Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist Program. The IEEE Women in Engineering program has developed tremendously since the formation of the original STAR program in 1995. With the growth in WIE Affinity Groups, growth in WIE membership, collaborations with IEEE Societies, and networking with other organizations, WIE has grown in resources to be able to expand its pre-university outreach activities. Due to the increase in coordinated efforts and collaborations, WIE has managed to reach over 19,000 students per year. The mission of the new STAR program will be to improve the perception of the field of engineering, continue to attract more girls to the pursue an engineering career, as well as promote to all students the endless possibilities that can result from considering engineering as a possible career option.

In addition to encouraging students to pursue engineering, WIE aims to convey the message that math and science are fun, engineering has career options that benefit humanity, and is gender neutral.

The goal is to create consistent reporting for WIE groups, as well as our WIE members conducting outreach. WIE must report and communicate consistently in order for our reporting to be accurate and clearly understood.

Therefore, the redefinition of our current “STAR” program will include the following reportable pre-university outreach:

  •  Classroom Activities
  •  Humanitarian Projects involving the pre-university community
  •  Competitions
  •  Hands on Activities
  •  Training of pre-university teachers
  •  Mentoring
  •  Public Awareness Activities
  •  Field Trips
  •  Technical support networking
  •  and more…


Reporting activities

  • Report all pre-university activities as STAR.
  • Update WIE and WIE Affinity Group websites.
  • Consistently communicate the brand of the STAR program when conducting pre-university outreach to remain unified in efforts and thinking, while adhering to the mission, vision, and goals of WIE.
  • Continue to promote the use of the IEEE Educational Activities TryEngineering.org resource for students to explore engineering. Also, to encourage IEEE volunteers to utilize the TryEngineering.org lesson plans since they are geared to help young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be made part of their future.

Please send all reports along with images (jpg format) of the event to WIE.

Identifying a school

The best way to get started is to identify a school or group (such as a Girl Scout Troop) to work with. Some suggestions include:

  • School your children or friend’s children attend
  • School near your place of work
  • Many companies have educational outreach programs (commonly referred as K-12 Programs). By calling corporate headquarters at your company or the department of education at your university, one can find out about the established programs. Quite often these programs have relationships with local schools.

Visiting the school and organizing the program

Call the principal or headmaster at your school of choice and introduce yourself. Ask the principal to recommend an energetic science teacher who would be interested in this program. Contact the teacher to set up a meeting.

Next, visit the school to speak and meet with the teacher. Be prepared to discuss a curriculum or plan for the mentoring activities. Some suggested activities are as follows.

  • Bring a laptop computer and access the Web. By doing this, you can let the students become familiar with the Web and hunt down experiments of interest. The WIE Web site has a list of science and mentoring program resources.
  • Set up a series of experiments to build or study something.
  • Set up a field trip to visit your company, local university, or a local science museum.
  • Coordinate best paper contests.
  • Invite women engineers from industry and research institutes for a discussion on their experiences and careers.
  • Invite the students to visit a local university research program that is involved with simple engineering projects.
  • Work with the teacher to decide how many students to include in the program. IEEE has found that a program has a better chance to succeed if the teacher had previously selected students who may not have opportunities for involvement in programs such as STAR. The teacher will then ask the students if they would like to participate.

If you are interested in participating in the STAR Program, please contact WIE.

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Contact IEEE WIE

IEEE WIE is happy to address all of your questions.