Leading the way and giving back. IEEE Life Membership is an official recognition of a strong and sustained commitment to IEEE. Life members get together with their peers, participate in educational excursions, work together to mentor students, and improve their communities.

Chairs Welcome

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Rajendra Asthana

Welcome to our IEEE Life Members Website. This website is packed with valuable information and resources for our members and volunteers. I hope it is helpful to all IEEE Life members!

The Life Members Committee (LMC) was established to execute activities and programs for the 38,000 IEEE Life Members (LMs) funded by the IEEE Foundation Life Member Fund.  I encourage you to support the Life Member Fund annually.  In turn, we are supporting more than 162 Life Member Affinity Groups (LMAG) around the world and encouraging them to engage in technical & humanitarian activities and to mentor and encourage students to become future engineers and technologists. Please contact me at [email protected] or reach out to your Region or Chapter Coordinators.

IEEE Life Members History

The Life Members designation, awarded based on age and the length of membership, first started in 1884 when the American Institute of Electrical Engineers was founded. When the AIEE merged with the Institute of Radio Engineers in 1963 to form IEEE, the Life Member Fund was created, along with the Life Member Committee Fund, later simply Life Member Committee (LMC).

The LMC has invested in our Life Members by providing local social, technical, and humanitarian activities that:

  • Keep Life Members active in the IEEE community
  • Encourage life-long learning with events and resources
  • Mentor students and young professionals with outreach and grant initiatives
  • Support fellowships and award programs
  • Honor our legacy by capturing the life histories of our Life Members
  • And so much more!

IEEE Life Membership has grown from 1,045 in 1945 to over 38,000 worldwide in 2024.

IEEE Life Members Qualifications & Benefits


IEEE Life Membership is automatically bestowed upon an active IEEE member who:

  • Has attained the age of 65 years
  • Has been a member of IEEE for such a period that the sum of their age and their years of membership equals or exceeds 100 years

The designation of Life Member is effective on January 1 of the year immediately succeeding the year in which the requirements were met.

Members who qualify will be notified by mail in the fourth quarter of the qualifying year.


In addition to being a part in the active IEEE Life Members community—where you can learn, contribute ideas, and make a difference—you’ll also receive these benefits:

  • Dues and regional assessments are waived for a Life Members
  • For qualifying Life members, society fees are waived
  • Individuals may receive reduced member rates at conferences where IEEE is the sole sponsor
  • Life members continue to receive the same benefits that are available to other IEEE members.
  • Life members continue to receive the benefits included in the IEEE Member Discounts Program (includes IEEE Insurance Program)