1970s – As the 1970s dawned, there continued to be tremendous evolution in technology. The decade saw the development of Unix, the establishment of Xerox PARC at Stanford University, the development of the first microprocessor, and the first email. In 1971, the Computer Group became the Computer Society. For the Computer Society, the 70s was a decade of significant growth in both the depth and breadth of services. Membership more than tripled. The number of officers doubled from to 10. By the end of the 70s, Computer Society membership had grown to 43,930, including 7,833 students and 3,943 affiliates. There were more than 100 chapters, including 30 student branch chapters.
1970: Membership grows to 16,862 and 41 chapters. The Education Committee is formed.
1971: The Computer Group becomes the IEEE Computer Society.

The Distinguished Visitor Program begins providing speakers to chapters.

The Computer Society elects its first president.
1972: The Computer Program Test Methods conference articulates the need for software engineering standards. Computer Group News is renamed Computer.
1973: Computer, now monthly, becomes the Society's flagship publication.
1974: The Computer Society becomes the first IEEE society to establish student branch chapters.
1975: IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering is launched.
1976: The Software Engineering Technical Committee starts the Software Quality Assurance standards working group.

The Education Committee launches its first model curriculum.
1977: The IEEE 754 floating-point working group is created.
1979: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence is launched.

IEEE Annals of the History of Computing is launched.