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IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
The IEEE is an international professional organization that has more than 365,000 members in 160 countries. It is estimated that the IEEE provides around one-third of the world’s literature in electrical engineering and computer science, publishing 140 serials in addition to monographs.  Additionally, it contributes to technological learning through providing grants and awards.  The IEEE, however, is best known for its work in the development of standards. Through the IEEE-SA (IEEE Standards Association), it has developed the 802 LAN/MAN standards, which includes the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet and IEEE 802.11 Wireless Networking Standards.  On September 11 of this year, the IEEE approved the 802.11n standard and its .11w companion (See <http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/091109-80211n-approved.html?hpg1=bn>).  For more information on this organization, please see <http://www.ieee.org/web/aboutus/today/index.html>.

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