Karen Galuchie has been chosen to receive the 2016 IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award “for exceptional staff leadership and for support and service to IEEE volunteers in achieving the philanthropic objectives of the IEEE and the IEEE Foundation.” She was presented with the award last month at the IEEE Meeting Series in New Brunswick, N.J.
Galuchie is executive director of the IEEE Foundation, the organization’s philanthropic arm, in Piscataway, N.J. During her 19 years with the Foundation, she has helped raise millions of dollars to support IEEE educational, humanitarian, historical preservation, and peer recognition programs including the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative, EPICS in IEEE, IEEE Smart Village, and IEEE REACH Through History.
She has donated her US $5,000 cash prize to the IEEE Foundation Fund. With the donation, she says, she hopes to encourage others to make a gift to the Foundation, helping to bring the promise of technology—and the knowledge to use it—to individuals and communities all over the world.
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 IEEE staff member with at least 10 years of service for demonstrated contributions over a long period of time.
The nomination deadline for the 2017 IEEE Herz Award is 15 January. For more information, visit the IEEE Awards website.
This article appears in the December 2016 print issue as “Herz Award Goes to Galuchie.”