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The SectionIf you are an IEEE member and live in Belgium, the Netherlands, or Luxembourg, you are automatically a member of the Benelux Section. As of 26 November 2009, the total number of active members (including associates and affiliates) in the Benelux Section was 3581: 1 Honorary Member, 88 Fellows, 230 Senior Members, 2274 regular Members, 584 Graduate Student Members, 176 Associate Members, 228 Student members and 271 Society Affiliates; and the geographical breakdown was: 1641 in Belgium, 2202 in the Netherlands, and 72 in Luxembourg. From the IEEE Bylaws we learn that the title of Honorary Member may be conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors on those individuals, not members of IEEE, who have rendered meritorious service to humanity in IEEE's designated fields of interest; the grade of Associate Member is designed for technical and non-technical applicants who do not meet the qualifications for Member grade, but who would benefit through membership and participation in the IEEE, and for those who are progressing, through continuing education and work experience, towards the qualifications for Member grade; and the designation Society Affiliate refers to individuals who are not IEEE members but who are entitled to participate in certain activities of a Society. More detailed information on membership statistics can be found on the membership page.
The Section was established on 13 May 1959 as a Section of the IRE, the Institute of Radio Engineers; the merger in 1963 (with the AIEE, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers) changed this into IEEE. Dutch and Belgian Chairs (with their Secretaries) always alternated, and after 1986 often a second treasurer and/or secretary in the other country was elected.
|1959-1961||H. Rinia||B. B. Barrow||B. B. Barrow|
|1962-1965||C.B. Broersma||W. Lulofs||W. Lulofs|
|1966-1967||P.G.A. Jespers||W. Lulofs||W. Lulofs|
|1968-1970||F.L.H.M. Stumpers||F. Valster||W. Lulofs|
|1971-1972||E.P. Reygaerts||P. Dubois||P. Dubois|
|1973-1976||F. Valster||E.J. Maanders||E.J. Maanders|
|1977-1978||A. Van der Vorst||A.A. Laloux||A.A. Laloux|
|1979-1980||E.J. Maanders||G.J. Arink||G.J. Arink|
|1981-1982||R.J. Van Overstraeten||P. Sobiesky||G.J.J. Vos|
|1983-1985||G.J. Arink||T.A.C.M. Claassen||G.J.J. Vos|
|1986-1987||A.A. Laloux||P. Sobiesky||G.J.J. Vos|
|1988-1989||P.M. Dewilde||J. Noordanus||E.J. Maanders|
|1990-1991||D.M. Van Dommelen||J. Vandewalle||E.J. Maanders|
|1992-1994||J.B.H. Peek||W. van Gils||J. Noordanus|
|1995-1996||P. Jespers||D. Vanhoenacker-Janvier||D.H. Rabaey|
|1997-1998||J. Noordanus||H. Ouibrahim||J.B.H. Peek|
|D. Vanhoenacker-Janvier||D.H. Rabaey|
|1999-2001||C. Claeys||K. De Meyer||D.H. Rabaey|
|H. Ouibrahim||J.W.M. Bergmans|
|2002-2004||J. Biemond||A. Hanjalic||J.W.M. Bergmans|
|2005-2006||D. Macq||E. Laes||D.H. Rabaey|
|2007-2008||M.J. Bastiaans||R.W.C.G.R. Wijshoff||J.W.M. Bergmans|
|2009-2010||G. Gielen||D. Van Hertem||J.W.M. Bergmans|
|V. De Smedt||D.H. Rabaey|
|2011-2012||W. van Etten||A. Meijerink||D.H. Rabaey|
- Paper: The Benelux Section and Early IRE/IEEE Activity in Europe
- (authors: Jan Biemond and Bruce B. Barrow)
Professor Jan Biemond and Bruce B. Barrow, one of the founding fathers of our section, have authored a paper on the history of the IEEE Benelux section. This paper has been presented at the IEEE conference on the history of technical societies. This conference took place in Philadelphia, USA. The conference is available through IEEE Xplore or directly from our website. The paper shows the interesting history of the section, and marks its role in the internationalization of IEEE roughly 50 years ago.
This paper described the establishment of the Benelux Section by the IRE in 1959, covering Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and the establishment of IRE Region 9 in 1962 (now IEEE Region 8) in the context of the political and technical environment in Europe after the Second World War. It reflected on the merger of the IRE and the AIEE into IEEE in 1963, the international policy of the IEEE and the concerns raised by European Societies. Finally, it focused on the 50th anniversary of the Benelux Section on May 12, 2009, its professional highlights, and its celebration event in Antwerp.