Edith Stern will be recognized for lifetime achievement in developing novel applications of new technologies when she is presented the Kate Gleason Award at a special Honors Assembly in conjunction with ASME’s 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Houston, November 9-15.
The award is named for Kate Gleason, the first woman to be welcomed as a full member into ASME (founded as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers). Winners receive $10,000, a bronze medal, certificate and an expense supplement to attend the award presentation
Stern has spent nearly 40 years contributing insights and technology to industries leveraging information technology (IT). She is named as an inventor on more than 100 issued U.S. patents, and educates on the patent process worldwide. An innovator that has made a real impact, Stern’s broad contributions span multiple industries—she was at the forefront of integrating the internet and telephone networks, put tablet computers on 18-wheeler trucks, and was part of the team that won a technical Emmy for digital commercial insertion on the Warner Bros. Television Network. She also initiated several projects related to remote monitoring and the use of radio frequency identification systems in the healthcare industry to improve safety and efficiency.
An IBM distinguished engineer since 2008, she is currently responsible for applying analytics in products for service management in the data center. She was named an IBM master inventor in 1998 and has been a member of the IBM Academy of Technology since 1999.
She is also a well-known club, con and zine fan — past chair of SFSFS, head of the 1992 Worldcon program division, co-editor of the SFSFS Shuttle and Shadow of a Fan, just to name a few of her credits.