IEEE at Missouri S&T: From 1925 to Now

Picture of the 2018-19 officer team

Electrical engineering got its start at Missouri S&T back in the 1890, when the school’s name was the Missouri School of Mines (MSM) and it was just an emphasis area of physics rather than its own major. In 1915 this changed with the Buford act, which created an electrical engineering major, and in 1917 the first Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree was awarded from MSM. Interest in the major continued to grow and in 1924 the Electrical Engineering Department was formed. The same year a student chapter of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) was formed at MSM. The department eventually came to also offer Master’s degrees and other extracurricular options like a student chapter of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) and a student chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN). In 1963 AIEE and IRE merged and our IEEE student branch was officially born. Since then our school has become known as Missouri S&T and we’ve grown to also include students in computer engineering, computer science, and Information Science and Technology. We also offer more programs like emphasis area workshops, tech talks, company info sessions, socials, and study sessions. As an organization, we strive to continually innovate to provide students more opportunities and honor the efforts of those who laid the foundation for our branch nearly 100 years ago.

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