IEEE Israel Section History

First IRE Section in Eastern Hemisphere

IEEE Israel Section was established on October 5 th , 1954 when the state was only 6 years old. Our section is the oldest section in Region 8, which covers Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In June 1954 several members of I.R.E. residing in Israel met in Haifa and discussed "the possibility of forming an I.R.E. section in conformity with I.R.E. regulations". They formed a committee of 3 members and obtained 30 signatures of I.R.E. members who applied for the formation of the section. The establishment of the "first IRE section in the Eastern Hemisphere, the Israel Section" was approved by the IRE Board of Directors at its October 1954 meeting, and the official date of founding of the Israel Section is 5 October 1954.

In 1963, after the merger of IRE and AIEE, the Israel Section became part of IEEE Region 8 and is recognized as the first IEEE Section in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The Section holds an annual general meeting of all its members and holds elections every even year via mail.

Chronological list of the Section Chairs

1955-1956 Franz Ollendorf
1957-1958 E. H. Frei
1959 I. Cederbaum
1960 J. Shekel
1961 R. R. Gamzon
1962 E. H. Frei
1963 A. Nathan
1964 A. Shani
1965 A. I. Nizan
1966-1967 Uzia Galil
1968-1969 Yeshayahu Lavie
1969-1971 Gurion Meltzer
1972-1974 Israel Ben Arzi
1975-1977 Marc Weissenstern
1978-1981 Jacob Baal-Schem
1982-1983 Itzhak Ish-Hurvitz
1984-1985 David Biran
1986-1988 Ezra Zeheb
1989-1990 Uzi Z. Padan
1991-1992 Ezra Zeheb
1993-1995 Ady Seidman
1996-1998 Anthony J. Weiss
1999-2001 Ady Seidman
2002-2005 Arie Braunstein
2006-2010 Sigmond Singer
2011- Simon Litsyn


Chapters and Student Branches

As of 2011, IEEE Israel Section counts 1178 members (including 90 Life Members) and has 18 active Chapters and 2 Affinity Groups (WIE and LM).

IEEE Israel Section is proud of its 56 IEEE Fellows and of several members who received IEEE Awards and Medals including Prof. Jacob Ziv and Prof. Abraham Lempel, as well as Dov Frohman-Bentchkowsky .

All Chapters organize regular technical meetings and local and International workshops. The Life Members Group organizes since 2009 a series of 5 "Technical Friday" events per year with an audience of about 200.


Since 1971 the IEEE Israel Section holds a Technical Conference, every second year. For many years, this is the country's major technical conference in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Towards the 1981 Conference, IEEE Israel Chair contacted EUREL and proposed to hold EUROCON in Tel-Aviv. As the request was refused, IEEE Section proposed to Region 8 to initiate MELECON the Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference. This proposal was accepted and the Israel Section organized the first MELECON in Tel-Aviv on May 1981, with an International attendance of 1200 participants, in presence of Israel President and the President of IEEE. For Initiation of MELECON, Israel IEEE 1981 Section Chair, Jacob Baal-Schem, was awarded the Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award of 1987. He was awarded also with the IEEE Region 8 Volunteer Award for 2008.

The section continues to hold a Technical Conference every second year, with up to 350 attendees. In 1998 the Israel Section hosted again the MELECON Conference, in Tel-Aviv. The AP/MTT Chapter organizes since 2003 yearly Symposia, which became since 2008 COMCAS International Conferences (Conference On Microwaves, Communications, Antennas, Solid State Circuits and Electronic systems), chaired by Shmuel Auster, with up to 900 participants and a large Technical Exhibition (80 booths).

The Communications Chapter hosted "INFOCOM 2000" in Tel-Aviv.

Israel IEEE members participate in many of the IEEE Technical Conferences worldwide and are very active in publishing papers in IEEE Journals.

IEEE Milestones

IEEE Israel Section has sponsored the following IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering and Computing:

Lempel-Ziv Data Compression Algorithm

1977 dedicated in September 2004

The Lempel-Ziv compression algorithm became a basis for enabling data transmission on the Internetin an efficient way. The plaque is placed at the Technion in Haifa, Israel

WEIZAC Computer

1955 dedicated in December 2006.

The computer was built during 1954-1955 at the Weizmann Institute of Technology in Rehovot, Israel. It was based on drawings of the IAS computer of Princeton University and was the first digital electronic computer built in the Middle East. The plaque is placed at the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel.

Israel IEEE members participate in many of the IEEE Technical Conferences worldwide and are very active in publishing papers in IEEE Journals.

IEEE Israel status

The IEEE Israel Section is the main Technical organization in Israel in Electronics. Its membership is largely recognized in Academia and in High-Tech Industry.

IEEE Israel Section is incorporated as a Non for Profit (NPO) Association (Amuta) and is required to submit an annual financial report.

Activities in IEEE Organizations

Members of IEEE Israel Section serve in many positions in IEEE Committees and Societies. One of its members Elya B. Joffe - was 2008/9 President of EMC Society and is 2011 President of PSES. Members of the Section serve as officers of IEEE Region 8 Committee, members of Corporate and Societies Committees and participate in Conferences Committees.

Expectations for the future

IEEE Israel Section continues to be the leading learned organization in Electronics in Israel and develops activities in advanced and emerging technologies, as nanotechnology and bio-engineering. It strives continuously to nurture a strong cooperation between academy and industry.

Current Membership Profile

Section NameIEEE Current Grade DescriptionCount of Members
Israel SectionAffiliate68
Associate Member46
Graduate Student Member86
Life Fellow20
Life Member45
Life Senior27
Senior Member199
Student Member18

Current Officers:



Prof. Simon Litsyn,
Tel Aviv University


Dr. Uri Erez
Tel Aviv University


Dr. Shai Avidan
Tel Aviv University

Membership Development

Prof. Anthony J. Weiss
Tel Aviv University

Audit Committee

Dr. Jacob Baal-Schem

Mr. Rafi Hoyda

Students Activities

Dr. Jakob Scheuer
Tel Aviv University

Professional Chapters:


Aerospace and Electronics Systems (AES)

Prof.  Yaakov Oshman
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Antennas & Propagation
Microwave theory & Techniques (AP/MTT)

Mr. Shmuel Auster

Circuits and Systems (CS/CAS)

Prof. Ezra Zeheb
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology


Mr. Itay Dabran,
Computer Science Department, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Computers (C)

Dr. Leah Goldin

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)

Mr. Moshe Netzer

Electron Devices (ED)

Prof. Gady Golan
Holon Institute of Technology

Engineering Management (EM)

Prof. Oded Maimon,
Tel Aviv University

Engineering in Medicine, Biology (EMB)

Prof. Amit Gefen
Tel Aviv University

Industrial Electronics
Industry Applications (IE+IA)

Prof. Irad Bengal,
Tel Aviv University

Information Theory (IT)

Dr. Uri Erez
Tel Aviv University

Life Member (LM)

Dr. Jacob Baal -Schem


Prof. Ady Arie ,
Tel Aviv University

Power Engineering (OPE)

Dr. Doron Shmilovitz
Tel Aviv University

Product Safety Engineering (PSES)

Mr. Steli Loznen
I.T.L (Product Testing) Ltd.

Robotics and Automation (RAS)

Hugo Guterman
Ben Gurion University

Signal Processing (SP)

Dr. Arie Yeredor
Tel Aviv University

Solid State Circuits (SSCS)

Mr.  Mark Ruberto

Vehicular Technology (VT)

Dr. Reuven Meidan

Women in Engineering (WIE)

Prof. Yael Nemirovsky
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Dr. Olga Liberman


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