Herz Award Goes to Fran Zapulla

She has contributed to the efficiency and success of IEEE publications

8 December 2014

Fran Zappulla has been chosen to receive the 2014 IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award for “outstanding leadership in the success of IEEE publications.” She was presented with the award in November at the IEEE Meeting Series, in New Brunswick, N.J.

Zappulla has been senior director of publishing operations, in Piscataway, N.J., since 1999. She joined IEEE in 1989 as director of art and production for IEEE Spectrum. The following year, she was named operations director of the magazine, and in 1993 she became associate publisher of the magazine as well as the IEEE magazine and newsletter department. She was promoted in 1996 to director of IEEE periodicals, a position she held until 1999.

In her 25 years with the organization, she has helped IEEE’s publishing operations shift from print to electronic publishing, significantly shortened the time it takes for research papers to be published, and reduced editorial and production costs.

The IEEE Board of Directors created the Herz Award in 2005 to honor longtime volunteer Eric Herz, who served in many capacities, including IEEE general manager and executive director. The award recognizes a present or past full-time staff member of the IEEE with at least 10 years of service for demonstrated contributions over a long period of time.

The nomination deadline for the 2015 Herz Award is 31 January. For more information, visit the IEEE Awards Board website.

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