About Us

History of the IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch

The IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch was formed in June 18, 1964 to provide Algonquin College students access to the strengths of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).

Our goal is to provide IEEE Algonquin College members with resources (both academic and social) which will assist them in finding technical careers in a changing marketplace. Through the use of workshops, conferences, seminars, technical and educational meetings, journals and networking opportunities provided by IEEE and IEEE ACSB, the Algonquin College Branch has quickly grown and now includes student members from many technical areas in the College including: robotics, mechanical, electronics, electrical engineering, computer and a large photonics membership.

IEEE ACSC is part of the IEEE Ottawa SectionIEEE Canada (Region 7), and IEEE worldwide.

IEEE International

The IEEE (Eye-triple-E) is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 360,000 individual members in approximately 175 countries. The full name is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., although the organization is most popularly known and referred to by the letters I-E-E-E.

Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others.

IEEE produces nearly 30% of the world’s literature on electrical engineering, electronics & computing.

  • A publishing program of periodicals, books, standards, conference proceedings, electronic products & mixed media
  • Over 300 annual IEEE conferences
  • Over 700 standards development groups
  • 36 Technical Societies & 2 Technical Councils

IEEE creates a sense of family & a community of members worldwide by:

  • Extensive network of IEEE Societies, Sections, Chapters & Student Branches
  • Serving as a vehicle to promote the industry & the profession
  • Recognizing engineers’ accomplishments through peer awards
  • Establishing cooperative agreements with other technical societies around the world


To advance global prosperity by fostering technological innovation, enabling members’ careers and promoting community world-wide.

IEEE Code of Ethics

We, the members of the IEEE, in recognition of the importance of our technologies in affecting the quality of life throughout the world, and in accepting a personal obligation to our profession, its members and the communities we serve, do hereby commit ourselves to the highest ethical and professional conduct and agree:

  1. to accept responsibility in making engineering decisions consistent with the safety, health and welfare of the public, and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment;
  2. to avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible, and to disclose them to affected parties when they do exist;
  3. to be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates based on available data;
  4. to reject bribery in all its forms;
  5. to improve the understanding of technology, its appropriate application, and potential consequences;
  6. to maintain and improve our technical competence and to undertake technological tasks for others only if qualified by training or experience, or after full disclosure of pertinent limitations;
  7. to seek, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work, to acknowledge and correct errors, and to credit properly the contributions of others;
  8. to treat fairly all persons regardless of such factors as race, religion, gender, disability, age, or national origin;
  9. to avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious action;
  10. to assist colleagues and co-workers in their professional development and to support them in following this code of ethics.

Approved by the IEEE Board of Directors
August 1990


There are numerous benefits of student membership in the IEEE, the most apparent being automatic inclusion in (and discounts on) all IEEE Algonquin College Student Branch activities. For a full treatment of why forward thinking students around the world are joining the IEEE you can check out the IEEE’s Student Concourse. Further to that, With an IEEE student membership, you won’t just pay a reduced membership rate. You’ll also be able to:

If you are interested in becoming a member, please feel free to drop by the McNaughton Center located at A104B at the Woodroffe Campus of Algonquin College and ask one of the Student Branch Executives. Alternatively, you can apply online using the IEEE’s Online Student Membership Application

Who is eligible for Student membership?

IEEE Student membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students at University as well as any student at a College who are enrolled in at least 50% of a normal, full-time course of study in electrical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, or computer science, in an allied branch of engineering technology such as photonics engineering, robotics engineering, or in related arts and sciences. For more information, see Qualifications for IEEE Membership.

What does it cost?

Joining IEEE as a student is one of the best financial decisions you will make. IEEE Student Membership includes all the benefits that a regular, full-paying member enjoys, at a fraction of the cost. Furthermore, if you join as a student, you will automatically be eligible for our reduced dues program from the moment you receive your first professional degree.