Fern Katronetsky, executive director of IEEE Foundation and Awards, received this year’s Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award. The annual award recognizes leadership and contributions to the success of IEEE over a long period of time. Katronetsky was cited for “extraordinary commitment to the goals and objectives of the Institute and unwavering leadership and invaluable support of volunteers and staff for more than 30 years.”
She received a certificate and honorarium at an award presentation held 14 November during the Board of Directors meeting series in New Brunswick, N.J.
She joined IEEE in 1977 as a clerk typist with Educational Activities, became manager of the Technical Activities administrative services department in 1992, and then served as manager of administrative services for Corporate Activities from 1993 until 1999. She was named director of the IEEE Foundation and Corporate Activities administrative group in 1999 and has been executive director of the Foundation and Awards group since 2004.
The IEEE Board of Directors created the award in 2005 to honor Herz, a longtime volunteer and former staff member who was IEEE general manager and executive director before retiring in 1992.
The nomination deadline for the 2009 Herz Award is 31 January. For more information, visit http://www.ieee.org/portal/pages/about/awards/sums/ericherzsum.html.