In the end of 1991, on the basis of the Engineering Academy of the USSR, engineering academies of the CIS countries were established. They became the founders of the International Academy of engineering (IAE), which, on February 10, 1992, was registered by the Ministry of Justice as an international public organization.

The first President of the International Academy of Engineering was elected Boris Vladimirovich Gusev.

Great support in establishing IAE was provided by its honorary presidents, academicians of the USSR Academy of Sciences (later, the Russian Academy of Sciences), I. A. Glebov, A. Yu. Ishlinsky (Russia) and B.E. Paton (Ukraine).

The International Academy of Engineering includes national academies of engineering, departments and representative offices (see detailed information under the heading “structure of the IAE”).

Currently, the IAE consists of almost 1300 members from 40 countries, including the heads of governments, and presidents of foreign countries, prominent scientists, public figures, and heads of major scientific and industrial structures.

The basic concept of the Academy at all stages of its development is based on the assistance to strengthening of the engineering potential of the countries, where the members of the Academy work, with the aim of improving the spiritual, economic, environmental and social life of people. Activities of IAE are determined by the characteristics and demands of the spiritual, economic, scientific and technological development of each of the member states of the Academy.

The successful work of the members of IAE has gained high international recognition. So, in 1993, the Academy was granted consultative status at UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), and in 1997 — observer status at the Permanent Commission of the Interparliamentary Assembly of CIS member states on issues of culture, science, education and information.

IAE strengthens its ties and cooperation with over 20 engineering academies of the world. It has a permanent organizational and creative collaboration with the International Union of Scientific and Engineering Societies, actively cooperating with the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Islamic Countries, the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, the World Federation of Scientific Workers, the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems, and Structures (RILEM), National Applied Research Laboratories (Taiwan), and a number of other reputable organizations.

In recent years, IAE was especially active in solving the following problem:

  • technical safety across a range of areas;
  • implementation of complex of works on materials science, including nanomodifying of materials;
  • efficient use of electric and thermal energy in all areas of industry and agriculture;
  • hydropower development and non-traditional solutions in the field of energy: the creation of wind turbines, bioenergy;
  • development and implementation of innovative biotechnologies in the national economy and ecology etc.

The IAE holds a range of major international forums and conferences, among them are: “Use of Space for Peaceful Purposes”,  “Advanced Problems of Engineering”, “Theory and Practice of Production Technologies using Composite Materials and New Metal Alloys”, “Small and Alternative Energy, Energy Efficiency”, “Concrete and Reinforced Concrete – a Glance into the Future”, scientific-practical online conference “Application of Nanotechnologies in Construction” etc. A range of forums and conferences is also being organized by the national academies, departments and offices of the IAE.

With the participation of IAE, over 30 scientific and informational periodicals are being published, including: “Aerospace Engineering and Technology”, “Arms. Policy. Conversion”, “Engineering Newspaper”, “Integral”, “Information society”, “Dual-use Technologies”, “Business Glory of Russia”, “The World of Science, Technology, Education”, “Nanotechnologies in Construction: a Scientific Internet-Journal”, “Design and Survey Works in Construction”, “Industrial and Civil Construction”, “Welding Production”, “Strategic Stability”, “Construction Materials”, “Construction Materials, Equipment, Technologies of XXI century”, “Construction: New Technologies – New Equipment”, “Textile Industry”, “Concrete Technologies”, “Friction and Lubrication in Machines and Mechanisms”, “Chemical equipment”, “Chemical fibers”,
“Chemical and Petroleum Engineering”, and many other publications with the active participation of national engineering academies, members of IAE.

For over 10 years the Academy awards the title of IAE Prize Laureate, presenting Large Gold Medal. In 2007, there were additionally established: the Order “Engineering Glory”, the Sign “Engineering Valour”, and the Medal “Engineering glory”.

Currently, IAE carries out a number of major inter-state programs in cooperation with the national academies, departments and representative offices. The programs bring together the efforts of engineers from different countries to meet critical challenges in the economy, industry, construction, energy, ecology, safety, engineering education, and other fields of engineering.