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BICSI recognizes Julie Roy, Herb Congdon II, Carol Everett Oliver and other 2010 award winners

February 5, 2011  By Anthony Capkun

February 05, 2011

BICSI, an association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry, announced its 2010 award winners, who recognized during the annual BICSI Awards Banquet at its recent Winter Conference.

The David K. Blythe/University of Kentucky Award for Outstanding Member
of the Year recognizes the volunteer spirit of BICSI members, and
spotlights one individual as the BICSI member of the year for
outstanding efforts in promoting BICSI’s educational programs and
commitment to professional development within the industry. That person
is Carol Everett Oliver, who became a BICSI member in 2003. As a frequent
speaker and contributor to BICSI events, Oliver has written technical
and case study articles, with volunteer efforts spanning many years.

BICSI developed the Larry G. Romig Committee Member of the Year award in
recognition of the volunteer work performed by its members and to
honour one individual for exemplary efforts and dedication within a
BICSI committee. This year’s Committee Member of the Year award is Igor
G. Smirnov, who has been a member since 1998. He has volunteered
numerous hours as a Subject Matter Expert and as a contributor to BICSI
publications, including the Telecommunications Distribution Methods


Awarded by the University of South Florida, College of Engineering, the
Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry
recognizes the lifetime achievement or major accomplishment of an
individual in the telecommunications industry. This year, it was awarded
to two individuals: Herb Congdon II and Julie Roy. Congdon has worked
in the optical fiber cable and components industry since 1992. As a
presenter and industry speaker, he presents at many BICSI conferences.
He served as a commissioned officer in the US Nuclear Navy Submarine
program and is a licensed Professional Engineer with two patents.

Since January 2008, Roy has been involved with BICSI as an active member
of many committees and spearheaded the development of telecom cabling
standards for commercial and residential installations in Canada. She
was the first female in Canada to earn the RCDD credential. She also
holds the NTS credential and was among the first group of individuals to
receive the ESS designation. Additionally, Roy owns her own company,
called C Squared Consulting.

The Presidential Eagle Award, selected by BICSI’s president, is
presented to individuals who have exhibited leadership, faith, and
dedication to BICSI over a period. This year, Kazuo Kato, manager for
BICSI Japan, was recognized for his volunteer hours and commitment to
BICSI. He started working for BICSI when this District was established
in 2001.

The Ray Gendron/BICSI Cares Scholarship offers funds to BICSI members or
their immediate families for information technology systems education.
Among the winners this year is Thomas Tang, an Electrical Engineering
major at the University of British Columbia.


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