ETA International Annual Award Winners Recognized at 2012 Education Forum

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In recognition of their outstanding industry contributions, ETA International recently announced its individual annual award winners at the 2012 Education Forum in Greencastle, IN. The 2012 awards process proved to be challenging with several remarkable nominations. These individuals make a significant impact on the electronics industry and ETA.

ETA 2012 Technician of the Year Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E., CETsr

In honor of Mr. Browne, the 2012 Technician of the Year award is presented to Ira Wiesenfeld. ETA appreciates the standard he sets for wireless communications.

The Norris R. Browne Memorial – Technician of the Year award is presented to an individual for their outstanding service to electronic technicians as a certification administrator, board of director’s officer, state representative, and subject matter expert on the ETA advisory board. Norris R. Browne was president of the National Electronic Association (NEA), and a service business owner. He was also instrumental in founding ISCET, our predecessor. His goal was to promote electronics technicians to the best of his ability.

In honor of Mr. Browne, the 2012 Technician of the Year award is presented to Ira Wiesenfeld, P.E., CETsr. Ira lives to promote his field within electronics. As a technician he has risen to the top of his discipline. His contracts with the US government and homeland security are a testament to his skill. ETA appreciates the standard he sets for wireless communications. Ira has been involved with the ETA-I WCM/USMSS and Line Sweep Testing (LAS) Certification programs since their inception.

The Wallace Medeiros Memorial - Educator of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding dedication and devotion in the education of those pursuing careers in electronics and related fields. The award was established in 2005 and is given in honor of Wallace Medeiro, PhD, CETma, who passed away in 2001.

In honor of Mr. Medeiros, the 2012 Educator of the Year award is given to Steven V. Ervin, CET. Steve has been teaching Tech Prep Electronics Technology for 22 years. He received the Ohio ACTE Teacher of the Year Award and is the SkillsUSA and Cyber Club advisor for Coshocton County Career Center. Because of his success as a grant writer, he teaches four college classes as part of his curriculum which allows his program completers to earn up to sixteen semester hours toward a Kent State University degree in Electronics Engineering completely free of charge.

The “PETE” award is given in memory of former ETA Chairman, officer, teacher, and technician, Peter Honczar, CETma. Pete was widely recognized for his leadership, spirit of commitment to the industry, technical knowledge and abilities. This award is presented to an outstanding officer, committee person, or chapter leader who displays unselfish and effective commitment to electronics technicians. Each year ETA recognizes a person who has many of the attributes which Pete Honczar demonstrated as well as a volunteer to serve in any position that could help electronic technicians.
                                                                                                                                         The 2012 “PETE” award is presented to David Jolliff. David started working in electronics in 1979 and two years later, joined the United States Navy, where he studied avionics. After serving his country, he worked for a division of Hughes Aircraft on the FA-18 flight simulators. In 1995, he began his career with the California Department of Corrections at Pleasant Valley State Prison as an electronics technician, received his teaching credentials and was promoted to the position of Office Machine Repair Instructor. David helped rewrite the electronics curriculum for the entire state, incorporating ETA’s Customer Service Specialist and Associate Level Technician certifications.

The 2012 Student Chapter of the Year award, First place, is ETA Student Chapter #176 ITT Technical Institute, Rancho Cordova, CA, Advisor-Dale Marriott. This chapter’s areas of focus include Renewable Energy, Industrial and Personal Communications. They are involved with several events throughout the year, including a Soldering Workshop, a Toolbox appreciation workshop, and they most recently took a field trip to a powerhouse in Folsom, CA.

Second place is ETA Student Chapter #145 New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY, Advisor- Professor Hamid Marandi. This chapter plays an important role for the engineering technology students. They are involved in several campus workshops, orientations and speak in public to general audiences sharing the benefits of ETA membership and certification. As the largest ETA Student Chapter, with 83 active members, Student Chapter #145 encourages all of their members to seek ETA certification.

The President’s award is given to an outstanding officer, committeeman, or chapter leader. The 2012 President’s award is presented to David J. Engebretson, ESNT, William R. Woodward, FOD, and Charles “Chuck” Casbeer, FOD, DCIC.

David was selected because he epitomizes the role of Committee Chairman within ETA. He brought together a balanced range of educators, manufacturers and technicians when ESNT was first suggested as an ETA certification. He helped to develop a draft of competencies, gathered suggested questions, validated them and helped to create an exam pool. After a few years in use, David called his committee together again and updated the certification. He met deadlines, was organized and efficient and displayed the professionalism that helped to single him out for this award.

Bill spent more time with the committees, staff and conferences related to ETA than any chairman has ever spent. His dedication to the goals of ETA has been unswerving. He has assisted with everything from being an additional eye to edit High Tech News articles to helping create SAE standards leading to ETA certifications. He has been in weekly contact with ETA staff during the entire year of his term as Chairman of the ETA Board of Directors and has been the only individual to have served four terms in that position.

Chuck has long been affiliated with ETA as an educator. During his terms of office on the ETA board serving as Cabling Division Chair, he spent countless hours in the revisions of the Fiber Optics Installer, Technician, Designer and Data Cabling certifications including competencies and assessments which then made review and comment from committee members easier. A dedicated association member, Chuck is an invaluable part of the ETA organization.

The Excellence award is given to individuals willing to go above and beyond what a typical member might contribute and who will volunteer at a moment’s notice for ETA. Philip J. Schmitt, PVI, SWI, CAST, WCM, Ted J. Karam, Donald Pierson, and Charles “Chaz” Greenwalt are this year’s Excellence award recipients.

The Excellence award is given to individuals willing to go above and beyond what a typical member might contribute and who will volunteer at a moment’s notice for ETA. Philip J. Schmitt, PVI, SWI, CAST, WCM, Ted J. Karam, Donald Pierson, and Charles “Chaz” Greenwalt are this year’s Excellence award recipients.

Philip previously served on the ETA board and represented ETA at the Michigan Electric Vehicle Show. He is a subject matter expert for ETA and serves on the Renewable Energy committee.

Don Pierson is currently the President of the Consortium for Certified Service Centers, a major sponsor of the Education Forum, and serves the USMSS association board. He works ceaselessly on behalf of techs and shops in the Land Mobile Radio field.

Ted creates a unique relationship with his students at Maplewood Career Center due to his passion for his content area. He possesses the ingenuity to teach the most unlikely students. Almost every student leaves his classroom with at least one industry recognized credential.

Chaz demonstrates the qualities of an ETA technician. Always in his mind is customer service, his work follows the highest standards, integrity is ever-present, and he has a constant thirst for knowledge.

The Top Certification Administrators awards are given in memory of Master CET George Savage, Doniphan, NE, who died in 1996. George was one of very few to serve two terms as ETA’s top elected officer. He received the very first Technician of the Year accolade and was responsible for having more new ETA members recruited than any other person. George was continually a tremendous contributor to the success of the organization.

The 2012 George Savage CA award for the most CET exams administered is presented to Michael C. Barton, with Commdex Consulting (Motorola). The 2012 Fiber Optics Certification Administrator recipient of the George Savage Award is David J. Cameron, FOI, with The Light Brigade, who gave the most fiber certification exams.

The KITCO Fiber Optics/ETA Award is given each year in recognition of outstanding contributions to the fiber optics industry and to the dedication to the highest standards of excellence through certification.
This year’s winner is David M. Richards, RCDD, NTS, OSP, TE.

To find more information on ETA International’s Annual Awards, including how to nominate someone for next year’s awards, please visit

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ETA® International - Founded in 1978, Electronics Technicians Association International is a not-for-profit, professional association promoting excellence in electronics technologies through certifications. The association’s initiatives are to provide a prominent certification program of competency criteria and testing benchmarks that steers international electronic standards and renowned professional electronics credentials. Today, ETA has issued over 110,000 technical certifications covering more than 70 certification programs in a variety of electronics fields. The association consists of over 5,000 members, 625 Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) serving on various Industry Advisory Committees and 950 Exam/Certification Administrators (CA’s).


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