IEEE Antennas & Propagation Society Constitution
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Article I – Name and Objectives
Section 1: Name
This organization shall be known as the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation
Society, hereinafter called the Society.
Section 2: Objectives
The Society’s objectives shall be scientific, literary, and
educational in character. The Society shall strive for the advancement
of the theory and practice of electrical and electronics engineering
and of the allied arts and sciences, and the maintenance of a high
professional standing among its members and affiliates, all in consonance
with the Constitution and Bylaws of the IEEE, and with special attention
to such aims within the field of interest of the Society as are
Section 3: Information Exchange
The Society shall aid in promoting close cooperation and exchange
of technical information among its members and affiliates. To this
end, the Society shall hold and sponsor symposia, conferences, conventions,
and topical meetings for the presentation and discussion of papers,
and shall support a publications program. Through its committees,
the Society shall study and provide for the needs of its members
Article II – Field of Interest
Section 1: Field of Interest
The field of interest of the Society includes the following: antennas,
including analysis, design, development, measurement, and testing;
radiation, propagation, and the interaction of electromagnetic waves
with discrete and continuous media; and applications and systems
pertinent to antennas, propagation, and sensing, such as applied
optics, millimeter- and sub-millimeter-wave techniques, antenna
signal processing and control, radio astronomy, and propagation
and radiation aspects of terrestrial and space-based communication,
including wireless, mobile, satellite, and telecommunications. Section
2 of the Bylaws provides a detailed field of interest statement.
Section 2: Changes in the Field of Interest
The field of interest of the Society may be enlarged, reduced,
or shifted moderately as the needs of the occasion indicate, with
the provision that such revisions shall be processed as outlined
in the IEEE Technical Activities Board Operations Manual.
Article III – Membership
Section 1: Members
Membership in the Society shall be available to members of the
IEEE in any grade, including students, having a professional interest
in any portion of the field of interest of the Society.
Section 2: Affiliates
Affiliates may participate in Society activities, as provided by
the IEEE Bylaws, and are subject to the applicable IEEE rules and
regulations and any additional limitations imposed by the Society
Article IV – Governance
Section 1: Administrative Committee
The Society shall be managed by an Administrative Committee (hereinafter
called the AdCom) of members of the Society. The committee composition
shall be as follows: the presiding President, the President-Elect,
twelve AdCom members elected by the membership at large, and the
four most-junior past Presidents. There may also be ex-officio members
as prescribed in the Bylaws (Section 4.1). Election procedures for
the elected members of the AdCom are prescribed in the Bylaws (Section
Section 2: Terms of Elected Members
The terms of the twelve elected members of the AdCom shall be for
three years, with four members elected each year. Two consecutive
full terms are permitted, with eligibility restored after a lapse
of one year. The President and President-Elect serve one- year terms.
The President-Elect is eligible to be re-elected to the position
of President-Elect three years after the origination of his/her
original term in office.
Section 3: Election of President-Elect
The Society shall annually elect a present or past elected member
of the AdCom as President-Elect, whose term shall be one year. The
President-Elect shall serve as President the following year. If
the President-Elect is unable or unwilling to serve as President,
the Society shall elect both a President and President-Elect in
the annual election.
Section 4: Term Origination
The newly elected President, President-Elect, and members of the
AdCom shall assume office on the first of January immediately following
their election or as soon thereafter as practical. They shall continue
in office until newly elected replacement members for their seats
have been duly elected and have taken office.
Section 5: Voting Rights of President and President-Elect
The President and President-Elect shall be voting members of the
AdCom during their terms in office as President or President-Elect.
Section 6: Secretary-Treasurer
The President shall appoint a Secretary-Treasurer annually for
a one-year term. The officer need not be a member of the AdCom.
He/she may be reappointed.
Section 7: Officer Designation, Duties, and Responsibilities
The officers of the AdCom, designated as the President, the President-Elect,
and the Secretary-Treasurer, have duties and responsibilities that
are defined in the Bylaws (Section 4.9).
Section 8: Bursar
The AdCom shall use the IEEE as bursar for all Society funds, as
provided by the IEEE Bylaws and rules and regulations. If any Society
funds are received and deposited separately (as in the case for
accounts for symposia and conferences), the terms and conditions
shall be in accordance with IEEE policies, and subject to the provisions
of the Society Bylaws and to any special limitations imposed by
Section 9: Debts
Neither the Society, nor any AdCom member or representative thereof,
shall have any authority to contract debts for, pledge the credit
of, or in any way bind the IEEE except within prior approved budgets.
Section 10: Subgroups
Subgroups may be formed within the Society as provided in the IEEE
rules and regulations. The nature and designation of the subgroups
and supervision of their affairs shall be prescribed in the Bylaws.
Article V – Financial Support
Section 1: Membership Fee
The Society shall collect from its members and affiliates an annual
membership fee, in accordance with the IEEE Bylaws and applicable
rules and regulations. The amount of the fee shall be as established
by the AdCom (Bylaws Section 8.1).
Section 2: Registration Fees
The Society may make registration charges at its meetings, symposia,
conferences, and conventions. The registration fee for non-members
of the IEEE may be higher than that for IEEE members or affiliates.
Section 3: Other Revenues
The Society may raise revenues by other means, such as advertising,
exhibits, requests for contributions, and charges for sending out
notices to non-Society members, provided such means are consistent
with applicable IEEE rules and regulations, and do not encroach
on revenue fields previously established by other Societies.
Article VI – Amendments
Section 1: Amendments to Constitution
Amendments to the Society’s Constitution may be proposed
in two ways. Amendments may be proposed by the AdCom or through
a petition submitted by at least 100 members of the Society. Two-thirds
of the votes legally cast by the AdCom shall be required to move
the proposed Amendment(s) forward through the approval process.
Proposed amendments are then submitted to the IEEE Technical Activities
Board and the Executive Committee of the IEEE for approval. After
such approval, the proposed amendment(s) shall be published in at
least one of the Society’s publications or otherwise publicized
by direct mailing to the membership, with notice that the changes
will go into effect unless ten percent of the Society members object
within 30 days. If such objections are received, a copy of the proposed
amendment(s) shall be mailed with a ballot to all members of the
Society at least 30 days before the date appointed for return of
the ballots. The ballots shall carry a statement of the time limit
for their return to the IEEE office. When a mail vote of the entire
Society membership is made necessary, approval of the amendment(s)
by at least two thirds of the ballots legally cast shall be necessary
for individual amendment adoption.
Section 2: Bylaws and Amendments Thereto
Bylaws may be adopted or changed by a two-thirds vote legally cast
by the AdCom members present at a regular or special meeting, provided
that notice of the proposed Bylaw or Bylaw Amendment has been mailed
(via first-class, express delivery service, or electronic means
in accordance with IEEE policy) to each Officer and each AdCom member
at least three weeks prior to such a meeting. A Bylaw or Amendments
thereto may also be adopted by a two-thirds vote (conducted by first-class
mail, express delivery service, or electronic means in accordance
with IEEE policy) of the members of the AdCom provided a 30-day
period is provided for such responses. In either event, the proposed
Bylaw or Amendment thereto shall be published in at least one of
the Society’s publications.
Section 3: Effective Date
Unless a later date has been specified at the time a vote is taken,
all amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws shall become effective
30 days after all of the following have occurred: the affirmative
vote of the appropriate Society body; publication of the changes
in at least one Society publication; submission of a copy of the
changes to the secretary of the Technical Activities Board (TAB)
of the IEEE; and all required approvals have been obtained from
the TAB and the IEEE Executive Director.