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Hirt named IEEE-USA president for 2009

November 19, 2008 Share This!

  • Evelyn Hirt of the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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RICHLAND, Wash. – Evelyn Hirt, a senior engineer for the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been voted 2009 president-elect for IEEE-USA. IEEE is the world’s leading professional association dedicated to technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Hirt’s work at PNNL focuses on technology systems and controls that are applied to a broad range of research, development and deployment and management system activities. Since joining the Laboratory in 1994, she has held positions of increasing responsibility and currently serves as a manager in the Quality organization.

Hirt will begin her three-year term Jan. 1. She will serve one year as president-elect, one year as president and chief executive officer, and the final year as past president.

“It’s a huge honor,” Hirt said. “I view this as the perfect opportunity to help raise general awareness of how math and science contribute to the overall success of the country.”

Earlier this year, Hirt received the 2008 IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her outstanding service for the benefit and advancement of the Council. She also served as director of Region 6 (12 Western states with 60,000 members) and held many other positions within IEEE. She is a member of IEEE Women in Engineering and six IEEE Councils as well as the Order of the Engineer, National Society of Professional Engineers and the International Council of Systems Engineering.

Hirt earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, cum laude from the University of Detroit. At the time, she was one of only 10 women to graduate from the university with an engineering degree in its 100-year program. She earned a master’s in engineering management from Washington State University and also was awarded a certificate in project management from WSU.

Created in 1973, IEEE is comprised of six regions and 235,000 members. IEEE was originally an acronym for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., but its scope became so extensive that it is now simply recognized by the letters I-E-E-E (pronounced Eye-triple-E). IEEE’s mission is to recommend policies and implement programs specifically intended to serve and benefit its members, the profession and the American public in appropriate professional areas of economic, ethical, legislative, social and technological policy concerns.

Hirt also is a member of the IEEE-USA’s Richland, Wash., Section. Leonard Bond, a PNNL Laboratory Fellow, is currently serving as the Region 6 director-elect and will begin a two-year term as region director on Jan. 1, 2009.

“The Richland Section has fewer than 300 members, so to have the IEEE-USA president-elect and the region director coming from the same section is a tremendous accomplishment,” Bond said. “We have a very strong reputation across the region. Evelyn, particularly, has done a huge amount for IEEE for many, many years. She’ll make a great president.”

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