IEEE Fellow Grade

What do compiler pioneer Frances Allen, MIT professor Arvind, 2014 IEEE Computer Society President Dejan Milojicic, and C++ developer Bjarne Stroustrup have in common?

They all hold the distinction of being IEEE Fellows.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any IEEE field of interest. New Fellows receive a citation describing their accomplishments, a congratulatory letter from the president, and a gold Fellow pin.

To be nominated as a Fellow, a recipient must:

  • Have accomplishments that have contributed importantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology, bringing the realization of significant value to society;
  • Hold Senior Member or Life Senior Member grade at the time the nomination is submitted; and
  • Have been a member in good standing in any grade for a period of five years or more preceding 1 January of the year of elevation.


Each year, dozens of outstanding IEEE Computer Society members receive the distinction of becoming an IEEE Fellow. In 2015, the IEEE Computer Society Announces 2015 Fellows.

Find out more about nominating a colleague as a Fellow.