Answer by sepaugh · Jul 10, 2015 at 03:16 PM
@jofinn36 - I've not visited IEEE, but based on my visits to other organizations (both private and government) I'd venture to say that the physical workplace is largely just high-rise office space as far as the location of the IEEE offices themselves and a warehouse. However, since IEEE is a professional society, the people that make up IEEE (engineers, technicians, scientists, policy makers, etc.) are scattered around the globe housed in their respective offices and labs. Some of these could be highly secure, corporate R&D centers, some could be academic labs (like here at CCC). Usually, the folks in the field labs come up with the ideas that IEEE (or another organization like NIST, ACM or ISA) then review the specs on and vote whether to adopt them as standards or send them back to the lab for more testing (V&V) to be brought back later. Most everything goes around this submit/resubmit merry-go-round several times to be sure it's a rock solid "thing" before release.