IEEE President’s Column: IEEE Is Also a Business

Except for a few that have large endowments, not-for-profit organizations couldn’t survive long without producing a profit

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Photo: Bill Cramer

THE INSTITUTE IEEE’s revenues last year topped US $340 million. So, in addition to being a not-for-profit membership organization, the publisher of journals and standards, and the organizer of conferences, IEEE is also a large business.

As are all other not-for-profits, IEEE is a business even though it exists solely to provide scientific and educational programs, and services of benefit to the public. And like for-profits, it has revenues, expenses, and budgets designed to result in a profit at the end of the year.

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The Transistor at 75

The past, present, and future of the modern world’s most important invention

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Lisa Sheehan
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Seventy-five years is a long time. It’s so long that most of us don’t remember a time before the transistor, and long enough for many engineers to have devoted entire careers to its use and development. In honor of this most important of technological achievements, this issue’s package of articles explores the transistor’s historical journey and potential future.

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