The IEEE LEOS has approximately 8,000 members world-wide, approximately 75% of LEOS members have a Ph.D. degree, and nearly half the members are from outside the United States. The IEEE LEOS sponsors or co-sponsors over 30 international technical conferences and 6 technical journal publications.
"I am very pleased that Alan Willner has just been elected President of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS). Alan has a distinguished research record in the fields of photonics, fiber optic communications, and optoelectronic systems and devices. Our department joins me in congratulating him. His election is a recognition of his stature in the LEOS technical community." Alexander Sawchuk, Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems.