Julie Eve Cozin, director of IEEE Governance and staff secretary for the Board of Directors (BOD), has been named to receive the 2010 IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award. Cozin was cited for "exemplary service to IEEE governance through development, integration, and administration of new tools and procedures that improved efficiency, transparency, fairness, equity, and legal compliance." She was also cited for having "been able to select, mentor, and retain an excellent group of staff members who work under her leadership and who provide first-rate information and documentation service to BOD members and BOD committees."
Cozin oversaw the development of several resources for the Board, including searchable online archives of BOD and IEEE Assembly minutes, agendas, and decisions. She also worked with volunteers to adopt more efficient procedures for the submission of Board agenda items and for nominations and appointments of candidates to the Nominations and Appointments Committee and the IEEE Assembly.
Cozin began her career in 1981 with the IEEE Technical Activities Board. Shortly thereafter, she became its staff secretary. In 1985, she became the administrator for the staff director of Technical Activities, and four years later she joined the Public Relations department (now Corporate Communications) to serve as administrator to its staff director. Cozin left the group in 1993 to become project manager of BOD and committee support for IEEE Corporate Activities. She was promoted to manager of IEEE Governance in 1997, and in 1999 she became its director.
She is to receive the Herz Award certificate and honorarium at a presentation in November during the IEEE Meeting Series in New Brunswick, N.J.
The IEEE BOD 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 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 2011 Herz Award is 31 January. For more information, visit the IEEE Awards Program Web site.