Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
John Meredith, IEEE-USA's 2007 president, received the organization's highest honor on 5 March for his "passionate leadership in promoting lifelong learning for IEEE members."
IEEE-USA Past President Evelyn Hirt presented Meredith with the Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism Award during the organization's annual meeting awards ceremony at the Renaissance Austin (Texas) Hotel. Meredith, who lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., was one of 24 award recipients recognized for their professionalism and technical achievements, as well as literary contributions to public awareness and understanding of the engineering profession in the United States.
A registered professional engineer and a senior IEEE member, Meredith retired in 2008 from Agilent Technologies in Colorado Springs. In 1994, he co-chaired IEEE's Industry 2000 workshop to promote lifelong learning. Participants developed many strategies that are still in place.
Meredith also authored the IEEE-USA E-book, "Launching Your Career: Lifelong Learning -- Your Key to an Enjoyable and Rewarding Career." Published in 2009, the book recommends strategies for new technical professionals to develop to enjoy a long and rewarding career.
Meredith's other major IEEE honors include an IEEE Millennium Award in 2000; an Educational Activities Board Meritorious Service Citation in 1995; and a Regional Professional Leadership award in 1991. In 1998 he was named Region 5's Outstanding Member.
Robert S. Walleigh, an IEEE-member electrical engineer, worked for the National Bureau of Standards -- now the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) -- for more than 35 years. He supervised the building of NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md., and retired as a senior adviser for international affairs in 1979. For the next 18 years he worked as an IEEE-USA senior specialist.
"Bob Walleigh made a lot of contributions to the engineering profession," Meredith said, "and I am honored to receive an award bearing his name."
IEEE-USA awards are approved by the organization's board of directors. The nomination deadline for 2011 awards is 31 July 2011. For additional information, go to www.ieeeusa.org.