Ann Burgmeyer, who retired in 2007 as manager of IEEE Conference & Custom Publishing, received this year’s Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award. Burgmeyer was cited for “pioneering work in electronic publishing and data archiving contributing to IEEE’s leadership in publishing, and for support of volunteers and staff for over 35 years.”
She oversaw her department’s transition from an operation relying completely on paper to a modern electronic publishing system employing cutting-edge technology. She set up an electronic conference peer review process and the IEEE PDF eXpress online tool, which helps conference organizers and authors comply with IEEE’s requirements for submitting PDF files.
Burgmeyer began her career with IEEE in 1968 as an editorial assistant and spent 39 years with the organization. She worked in the Transactions/Journals department for 25 years and oversaw the publication of IEEE’s first electronically produced article in 1985. The manuscript was submitted by e-mail, edited by Burgmeyer’s group electronically, then e-mailed to the typesetter. It was then electronically converted into type and published in print. She went on to establish the Conference Publishing department, where she helped develop IEEE’s first publication on CD-ROM.
She is to receive the Herz Award certificate and honorarium at a presentation on 20 November during the IEEE Meeting Series in New Brunswick, N.J.
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 present or past staff member whose actions have 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 2010 Herz Award is 31 January. Click here for more information.