Chapters & Affinity Groups

If you have not added an IEEE Technical Society to your membership, you really are missing most of what IEEE has to offer you.

The Washington Section has 3187 members as of Feb 8 2023.

The technical interests of the members of our Section are truly diverse:  our members belong to 38 of the 39 IEEE Technical Societies, and most of these 38 Societies have active local Chapters.

1725 Washington Section members (54% of our total membership) belong to IEEE Technical Societies.
1195 Washington Section members belong to one IEEE Technical Society.
530 Washington Section members belong to two or more IEEE Technical Societies.

But 1462 Washington Section members have not yet added an IEEE Technical Society to their IEEE membership.

The additional cost for Society membership is quite small and the unique opportunities that a Society membership offers you for networking, education, and skill-enhancement through local meetings and lectures are unrivaled.  The National Capital Area of IEEE –the Washington and Northern VA Sections — are especially rich in these opportunities.

If you are one of the ~46% of the Washington Section’s members that have not yet added a Technical Society to your IEEE membership, please consider doing so.

Technical society or council members within a geographic area may form a local chapter, which is led by the chapter chair and supported by the geographical unit (typically the section). While leadership roles and meeting announcements go only to society members, their meetings and presentations are usually open to everyone including non-IEEE members. Announcements in the calendar will specify when a meeting is closed.

The following is a list of all chapters spanning the Washington Section. Where chapters span two or more sections the “lead” section (responsible for reporting chapter activity) is listed first. Some chapters exist separately in both Washington and Northern VA, but only the Washington chapter is listed below.

Chapter officers may find the chapter resources page useful.


Chapter NameSection(s)
Primary Section
is listed first
ChairService Providing
Organization ID
Nanotechnology Council (NANO42)Northern VA, WashingtonDr. Fred SemendyCH02167Recent / Upcoming
Sensors Council (SEN39)Washington, Northern VAvacantCH02165Recent / Upcoming
Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AES10)Washington, Northern VADr. Genshe ChenCH02097Recent / Upcoming
Antennas and Propagation Society (AP03)Washington, Northern VADr. Matthew BurfeindtCH02143Recent / Upcoming
Circuits and Systems Society (CAS04)Washington, Baltimore, Northern VADr. Pamela Ann AbshireCH02182Recent / Upcoming
Communications Society (COM19)WashingtonChristopher FennigCH02109Recent / Upcoming
Computational Intelligence Society (CIS11)Northern VA, WashingtonJoel GoodmanCH02173Recent / Upcoming
Computer Society (C16)Northern VA, WashingtonShashank Kaul
CH02058Recent / Upcoming
Joint C16/COM19/EMC27WashingtonvacantCH02135Recent / Upcoming
Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC27)Washington, Northern VAMike VioletteCH02102Recent / Upcoming
Electron Devices Society (ED15)Northern VA, WashingtonDr. Tony GuoCH02099Recent / Upcoming
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMB18)Washington, Northern VAChristopher FennigCH02101Recent / Upcoming
Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRS29)Washington, Northern VADr. Zhuosen WangCH02117Recent / Upcoming
Industry Applications Society (IA34)Northern VA, WashingtonDr. Sirak BelaynehCH02153Recent / Upcoming
Magnetics Society (MAG33)Washington, Northern VADr. Daniel GopmanCH02105Recent / Upcoming
Microwave Theory and Technology Society (MTT17)Washington, Northern VADr. Ali DarwishCH02116Recent / Upcoming
Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPS05)Washington, Baltimore, Northern VANadim HaddadCH02094Recent / Upcoming
Photonics Society (PHO36)Washington, Northern VAvacantCH02106Recent / Upcoming
Power and Energy Society (PE31)Northern VA, WashingtonYonael TekluCH02146Recent / Upcoming
Reliability Society (RL07)Washington, Northern VAvacantCH02095Recent / Upcoming
Robotics and Automation Society (RA24)Washington, Northern VALeon EscobarCH02160Recent / Upcoming
Signal Processing Society (SP01)WashingtonDr. Furongh HuangCH02157Recent / Upcoming
Society on Social Implications of Technology (SIT30)Northern VA, Baltimore, WashingtonMurty PolavarapuCH02100Recent / Upcoming
Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEM014)Washington, Northern VAvacantCH02180Recent / Upcoming
Vehicular Technology Society (VT06)Washington, Northern VADavid JohnsonCH02107Recent / Upcoming
Women in Engineering (WIE)WashingtonSarah Beretich
Dr. Aysegul Cuhadar
WE20119Recent / Upcoming
Young Professionals (YP)WashingtonvacantYP20019Recent / Upcoming