Senior Member Mike Geselowitz was chosen to receive the 2018 IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award “for enhancing the values of the IEEE History Center and developing many initiatives promoting engineering and technology history.” He is scheduled to receive the award in November at the IEEE Meeting Series in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Geselowitz is the senior director of the IEEE History Center, located on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, N.J. He manages six staff members.
The center’s mission is to preserve, research, and promote the history of IEEE fields of interest, as well as of IEEE itself. The center maintains resources for engineers, historians, and others interested in the development of electrical and computer engineering and their role in society. Its holdings include the IEEE archives, which consist of the published and unpublished records of IEEE and a collection of photographs relating to electrical and computer technologies, as well as pioneering engineers’ oral-history transcripts.
During his 21 years with IEEE, Geselowitz has led the History Center in several initiatives including the development of the IEEE Virtual Museum, which became the Engineering and Technology History Wiki. He also helped come up with the idea of IEEE REACH, which provides preuniversity educators and students with resources about the history of technology and engineering, and their relationship with culture, economics, politics, and society.
Geselowitz says he has decided to donate half his US $5,000 cash prize to the IEEE History Center fund of the IEEE Foundation. The IEEE History Center relies on donations to continue to provide and enhance its services.
The IEEE Board of Directors created the Herz Award in 2005 to honor the IEEE Life Fellow and longtime volunteer, who served in many capacities including IEEE general manager and executive director. Herz died in 2016 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.
The nomination deadline for the 2019 Herz Award is 15 January. For more information, visit the IEEE Awards Web page.