Mary Ward-Callan

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<p>IEEE Senior Member Mary Ward-Callan&nbsp;is the managing director of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ieee.org/about/volunteers/tab/home/index.html">IEEE Technical Activities</a>, responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of 39&nbsp;IEEE societies and seven councils, with nearly 200&nbsp;publications, 1,000&nbsp;events, numerous standards, and various educational webinars, tutorials, and certifications. Ward-Callan also oversees&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conf_index.html">IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events</a>, which plans almost 2,000&nbsp;events per year. She manages a team of about 290&nbsp;staff members.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In her 20 years as managing director, Ward-Callan has overseen the creation of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ieee.org/about/technologies/index.html">IEEE Future Directions</a>&nbsp;initiatives to support technical communities while delivering new products and services.&nbsp;The initiatives&nbsp;have addressed the&nbsp;smart grid, the&nbsp;Internet of Things,&nbsp;cloud computing,&nbsp;5G,&nbsp;big data, and other developments. Her team has coordinated its conferences into a successful line of operations, now representing more than US&nbsp;$180&nbsp;million in revenue. She also helped launch IEEE&rsquo;s award-winning Humanitarian Technology Challenge, which has become&nbsp;<a href="http://ieee-smart-village.org/">IEEE Smart Village</a>, an&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ieeefoundation.org/">IEEE Foundation</a>&nbsp;priority initiative.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2017, Ward-Callan&nbsp;was chosen to receive the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ieee.org/about/awards/recognitions/recognitions_herz.html">IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member Award</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;for leadership of and service to IEEE volunteers, and for commitment and care in IEEE Technical Activities for the benefit of IEEE.&rdquo;</p>



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