Herz Award Goes to Burgess

Executive director of the IEEE Computer Society is honored for outstanding leadership

9 September 2011
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Angela Burgess, executive director of the IEEE Computer Society, has received the 2011 IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award. She was cited “for outstanding leadership in improving IEEE Computer Society cooperation and reintegration with IEEE and TAB [Technical Activities Board], and successfully transforming operations, improving the financial strength of the society.”

Burgess began her career with IEEE as a magazine editor at the society’s office in Los Alamitos, Calif. She went on to become managing editor, executive editor, and then publisher before becoming executive director of the society in 2007. She now oversees 96 staff members in Los Alamitos and Washington, D.C. As executive director, she has reduced the society’s operating expenses and worked on reversing membership decline. She has also helped develop several resources for computing professionals.

The IEEE Board of Directors created the award in 2005 to honor Herz, a longtime volunteer who became IEEE general manager and executive director before retiring in 1992. The award recognizes a past or present staff member who has had a substantial impact on the goals and objectives of IEEE, contributed to the success of a number of IEEE initiatives, and led several staff activities.

The nomination deadline for the 2012 Herz Award is 31 January 2012. For more information, visit the IEEE Awards Board website

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