Currently, the membership and Chapter development in North America, IEEE Regions 1–7, and outside North America, IEEE Regions 8–10, differ significantly. Figure 1 reflects a certain saturation in the number of North American Chapters, whereas in Regions 8–10, Chapter development is undergoing considerable growth. Two kinds of Chapters can be distinguished: the classical technical Chapters, which belong to the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), and the IEEE section and student branch Chapters (SBCs), which belong to the IAS and the IEEE student branch of a university.
The IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Chapters and Membership Department’s (CMD’s) Annual Chapter Workshop is one of the most important events of the year. The workshop, organized traditionally in conjunction with the 1AS Annual Meeting, was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 6-10 October 2012.