Groups include geographic and organizational categories. This page describes the former, while organizational groups (chapters, student branches, affinity groups, and affiliate organizations) are detailed within their own pages, found in the “Groups” menu.

Sections are the smallest geographic sub-units of the IEEE, and members are automatically assigned to the section where they live. Under certain circumstances they can transfer to another section where they work or attend school. Sections can join together to form areas. For example, many Washington Section members work in or around the Northern VA Section. Also, many members of their section work in ours, so together we are the National Capital Area – forming joint technical chapters, and hosting the Awards Banquet. Also nearby is the Baltimore Section.

Although IEEE defines the Washington Section in terms of 241 ZIP codes, outside of Washington D.C., it is easier to think of its extent in MD and WV in terms of counties. Our bylaws contain the following list:

  • The District of Columbia
  • Charles County, MD
  • Frederick County, MD
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Prince George’s County, MD
  • St. Mary’s County, MD
  • Washington County, MD
  • Berkeley County, WV
  • Hampshire County, WV
  • Hardy County, WV
  • Jefferson County, WV
  • Mineral County, WV
  • Morgan County, WV

Sections can be part of multiple areas. Many members commute between the National Capital Area and Baltimore, MD, which together form the South Area of IEEE Region 2. Region 2 also has North, West, and East areas containing 18 other sections in Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. IEEE Region 2, along with Region 1 and Regions 3-6, cover the United States and constitute IEEE-USA. Regions 7-10 span the rest of the world to complete the IEEE’s global membership.