Member Development

Senior Member Elevation

Senior member is the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply. IEEE members can self-nominate, or be nominated, for Senior Member grade. The Seattle Section wants to help YOU become a Senior Member. Contact Joe Decuir ( and Abdur Rehman ( for more details!

Benefits of IEEE Senior Membership:

  • Recognition: The professional recognition of your peers for technical and professional excellence.
  • Leadership eligibility: Senior members are eligible to hold executive IEEE volunteer positions.
  • Ability to refer other candidates: Senior members can serve as a reference for other applicants for Senior membership.
  • Review panel: Senior members are invited to be on the panel to review Senior member applications.
  • Letter of Recommendation: A letter of commendation on the achievement of Senior member grade will be sent to your employer (upon request.) Request a letter of commendation.
  • Announcements: Announcement of your elevation can be made in section/society and/or local newsletters, newspapers, and notices.

In addition to your new benefits, the following rewards are sent to you via postal mail:

  • Complimentary Society Voucher: You may use this voucher to join one new IEEE Society.
  • Senior Member plaque: An engraved plaque you can proudly display to colleagues, clients, and employers. The plaque, an attractive fine wood with bronze engraving, is sent approximately eight weeks after elevation..

To be eligible for application or nomination, candidates must:

  • Be engineers, scientists, educators, technical executives, or originators in IEEE-designated fields
  • Have experience reflecting professional maturity
  • Have been in professional practice for at least ten years (with some credit for certain degrees)
  • Show significant performance over a period of at least five of their years in professional practice

Generalized requirements for total of 10 years of experience:

  • 7 years of professional practice + 3 years of Bachelor’s degree
  • 6 years of professional practice + 4 years of Doctoral degree

**If you got your master’s degree while working, you can only count one or the other but not both… in most cases, you will need 7 years of experience

More detail on specific requirements.

How to find references who are IEEE senior members & Fellow

We know how difficult it is to find references but have no fear, the Seattle section is here to help! But before reaching out to us, are you aware of a new IEEE cool called CollabraTEC? You can actually search for specific members who are already seniors or fellows and from various societies, areas of interest, and even company! Check out the instructions below. If have trouble, contact Joe Decuir ( and Abdur Rehman ( for support!

Find IEEE Senior & Fellow Members on CollabraTEC!