This past fall, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, (IEEE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The three-year agreement (2014 – 2017), allows the two organizations to more actively collaborate and exchange technical information.

The memorandum is structured around five components: 

1. Collaboration: This would allow the two groups to partner on a variety of projects and events such as conferences, publications, standards, educational materials, and awards. Areas of particular interest are: sustainability and increased public awareness around technology. Both organizations are also focused on furthering the teaching of math and science from kindergarten through high school.

2. Maintaining Communications: This will happen through an exchange of newsletters, announcements and other information documents. 

3. Potential Partnering: The two groups will keep one another up to date on the respective organization’s schedule of technical conferences and events.

4. Standards Development: Both organizations may agree to collaborate on the development and clarification of standards and reference documents.

5. Shared Resources: Both groups are looking into a process by which visiting members of one organization could use the facilities, service, and programs of the hosting organization.
Robert Horner, the IES’s director of public policy maybe contacted by email at for further details regarding the agreement arrangement.