2017 Herz Award Goes to Mary Ward-Callan

The managing director of IEEE Technical Activities receives the major staff award

27 September 2017

Senior Member Mary Ward-Callan was chosen to receive the 2017 IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award “for leadership of and service to IEEE volunteers, and for commitment and care in IEEE Technical Activities for the benefit of IEEE.” She is scheduled to receive the award in November at the IEEE Meeting Series in Phoenix.

Ward-Callan is the managing director of IEEE Technical Activities, responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of 39 IEEE societies and seven councils, with nearly 200 publications, 1,000 events, numerous standards, and various educational webinars, tutorials, and certifications. Ward-Callan also oversees IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events, which plans almost 2,000 events per year. She manages a team of about 290 staff members.

In her 20 years as managing director, Ward-Callan has overseen the creation of IEEE Future Directions initiatives to support technical communities while delivering new products and services. The initiatives have addressed the smart grid, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, 5G, big data, and other developments. Her team has coordinated its conferences into a successful line of operations, now representing more than US $180 million in revenue. She also helped launch IEEE’s award-winning Humanitarian Technology Challenge, which has become IEEE Smart Village, an IEEE Foundation priority initiative.

The IEEE Board of Directors created the Herz Award in 2005 to honor an IEEE Life Fellow and longtime volunteer Eric Herz, who served in many capacities including IEEE general manager and executive director. He died in December at the age of 89.

The award consists of a framed certificate, a cash prize, and travel expenses to the award presentation. It recognizes a present or past full-time IEEE staff member with at least 10 years of service for demonstrated contributions over a long period of time.

The nomination deadline for the 2018 Herz Award is 15 January. For more information, visit the IEEE Awards website.

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