During the recently held IEEE Sections Congress in Sydney, Australia, the IEEE signed a memorandum of understanding with the governing body of the engineering profession for Australia, the Institute of Engineers Australia. The documents were officially signed by on behalf of IEEE by President and CEO Ms. Karen Bartleson and by Engineers Australia CEO Mr. Peter McIntyre. The signing was witnessed by a large audience and overseen by Eddie Custovic, Chair of the IEEE Victorian Section and Zia Ahmed the Chair of the IEEE Australian Council.

IEEE is committed to working with other National Societies such as Engineers Australia to aid engineers and scientists throughout the world. These cooperative relationships are established through a memorandum of understanding and are known as National Society Agreements.

IEEE currently has more than 70 formal National Society Agreements, spanning over 40 countries. Many of the IEEE Technical Societies have supplemental, or additional, agreements known as “Sister Society Agreements,” with these National Societies, as well as with industry associations.

The goal of National Society Agreements is to enhance the professional and personal growth of a country’s engineers and related fields of interest. The cooperation is designed to assist in the development and elevation of technical skills, image, professional growth, and networking.

Ms Karen Bartleson stated that “IEEE is committed to working cooperatively, not competitively, with local organizations in countries throughout the world. The National Society Agreement approach has been successful by remaining flexible and responsive to different cultures, thought processes, languages, and political structures.”

About Engineers Australia

The Institution of Engineers Australia is a professional body and not-for-profit organisation dedicated to being the national forum for the advancement of the engineering field within Australia and a member of Washington It has over 100,000 members in nine geographic Divisions from all engineering disciplines, including 41,000 Students, 4,400 Engineering Technologists and Engineering Associates, 55,600 Professional Engineers. The members all belong to one or more of nine Colleges covering the different fields of engineering practice. 20,000 members are Chartered Engineers.