A worldwide nonprofit association of technical professionals that promotes the development of standards and acts as a catalyst for new technology in all aspects of the engineering industry, including computer networking, telecommunications, electric power, aerospace, and consumer electronics. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has more than 330,000 individual members in 150 countries.
Its activities include standards committees, technical publishing, and conferences.
A major contribution of the IEEE in the field of computer networking is Project 802, a collection of standards for local area network (LAN) architectures, protocols, and technologies. These standards continue to evolve under the auspices of various IEEE working groups and committees.