In 1996, IEEE instituted efforts to explore how to improve the retention and better meet the needs of recently graduated Student members.
The concept of developing a peer group evolved and was named GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade). The GOLD group is defined as post-student members who are within ten years of receiving their first professional degree.
The most important action for GOLD members was to promote the concept at the local level. In 1998, the IEEE approved the formation of non-technical groups called Affinity Groups. Affinity Groups are formed under the joint supervision of the local Section and parent entity (GOLD, Women in Engineering, Consultants' Network). Since the inception of Affinity Groups, GOLD members have embraced this concept and formalized GOLD Affinity Groups worldwide. Many varied activities, both social and community minded, are planned and organized by this group to meet and interact with their peers.
To help with the organization of this GOLD community network, each IEEE Region has a designated Region GOLD Coordinator to communicate news and information, help with activity organization and assist GOLD members in their respective Region. There is a GOLD website and a quarterly electronic newsletter for GOLD members. A majority of the IEEE GOLD Affinity Groups maintain a web presence on their Region websites.
IEEE is purely a technical society? We, the IEEE Young
Professionals, tell you that's not true!
Who run our activities?
Energetic recent graduates!
Who are welcome to our activities?
EVERYONE! Any IEEE member regardless of member grade, friends and
family. There is absolutely no restriction on who can come to our
Who should volunteer?
Young professionals who want to bring life to the engineering
What kind of activities do we hold?
Activities and events of particular interests to young
professionals. These include social events, company tours, seminars,
mentorship programs, sports and technical competitions.