IEEE and IES establish memorandum of understanding to encourage technical cooperation

Oct. 8, 2014

New York — The Memorandum of Understanding between the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated (IEEE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is established to encourage the exchange and dissemination of technical information, and to promote understanding and cooperation among the members of each organization.

There are five components of the agreement. The first allows IEEE and IES to enter into collaborative projects, events, and products such as conferences, forums, publications, history, standards, educational materials, and awards. Joint activities devoted to preserving and sustaining the environment, improving technology awareness in the general public, establishing communication between specific committees and providing expertise and support to those involved in lighting topics will also be explored. It is desired that both organizations investigate ways to spread the teaching of math and science in K-12 schools, subject to the resources available to the respective organizations. Maintaining communications is the second component, which is to be accomplished through an on-going exchange of newsletters, announcements and other information to ensure each is informed of the other's key concerns and activities. The third is to allow for potential partnering by sharing each organization’s schedule of technical conferences and events. IEEE and IES may agree to participate in mutual Standards development, which comprises the fourth component. IEEE and IES are also investigating a process that would allow visiting members of one organization to avail themselves of the facilities, services and programs of the other hosting organization. The term of the agreement is for three years, 2014 to 2017. William Hanley, Executive Vice President of the IES and co-signer of the agreement, offered these observations: “Solid State Lighting and associated controls have created a bridge between the lighting industry and the electronics industry. R&D, engineering, and new applications are of interest to both communities with these new technologies being widely adopted and applied by both professional designers and consumers.” ABOUT THE ILLUMINATING ENGINEERING SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA IES is the oldest and largest educational and scientific society in North America devoted to lighting. Since 1906, the IES has sought to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. A broad variety of programs, including publications, conferences and seminars, have been established to accomplish this mission. IES publishes and distributes the finest lighting literature authored by committees with the most experienced minds in industry and academia today. For more information about IES, go to ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERS IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE's core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. For more information about IEEE, go to


Bob Horner - Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)


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