Estimating the number of US IEEE members who are licensed as professional engineers

B. J. Sawford, M. Beebe, Moshe Kam

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Abstract

The number of IEEE Members who are also licensed Professional Engineers is of interest to IEEE and to licensing and policy-making bodies. To determine this number in the United States, we compared the list of IEEE Members in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Texas to the list of licensed professional engineers in these States. Each individual on the IEEE list was assigned a characteristic string based upon first name, last name, and city where s/he receives IEEE mail. Each individual on the licensee list was assigned a characteristic string based upon first name, last name, and city where s/he receives mail from the licensing authority. These strings were then crosschecked. Since licensees may provide different addresses to the IEEE and the licensing body, we conducted a search for licensees with the same name as an IEEE Member within a radius of 1-hour commute from the city of record of the IEEE Member in the IEEE database. Less than eleven percent of the IEEE members were found to be licensed as Professional Engineers in the States for which we had data. Given that only 75% of IEEE members are believed to eligible for registration, our estimate is that no more than 14% of the eligible IEEE Members in the United States are licensed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 International Workshop on Institutional and Programme Accreditation
Subtitle of host publicationConnections and Opportunities - Proceedings, IWIPA 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 International Workshop on Institutional and Programme Accreditation: Connections and Opportunities, IWIPA 2011 - Bangalore, India
Duration: Jul 20 2011Jul 22 2011

Other

Other2011 International Workshop on Institutional and Programme Accreditation: Connections and Opportunities, IWIPA 2011
CountryIndia
CityBangalore
Period7/20/117/22/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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