IEEE senior member process.

15 December 2019

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Last month, I was elevated to the IEEE senior member grade, as the email says. You can find the requirements for senior membership here.

The key requirements are:

I choose to go through with the application because:

So given the little work involved, why not? I didn’t realize that one could self-nominate until I got an email from my regional IEEE section. They were helping people get their applications together, and helping people find references.

The process.

So given that prelude, the application process is straightforward. You fill out a web form and submit your C.V. (Hate your C.V. template? Here’s mine.) I was advised to break up my career into first, intermediate, and current professional activities, and aim for brevity. I worked with folks from the IEEE Washington (D.C.) section on this; they were great.

I update my C.V. every month, and did not keep that version from the application. The C.V. I submitted was likely similar to this one, but without the whole “IEEE Senior Member” line.

From there, I have anonymized the activities a bit for posting here, but you can get the idea. The “promoted to ___” indicated the grade level within my orginzation, which IEEE seems to understand. You may want to include something similar (or not).


First professional activity: Research Agricultural Engineer (a PI role) position with a ___, concurrent with graduate work; Jan 2013-present.

Intermediate professional activity: continued as Research Agricultural Engineer, promoted to _____

Current professional activity: continued as Research Agricultural Engineer, promoted to __.

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