By Linda Gallagher
In January 2009, the STC Board elected Martha K. Sippel a Fellow. Martha has worked in the technical communication field for more than 32 years in a variety of geology-related positions, later at CH2M HILL as the Manager of Intranet and Information Design, and now as an independent.
“I am deeply honored to be in the company of so many respected members of STC as a Fellow,” Sippel said. “I”ve always felt that I received more than I gave in my volunteer work with STC and other organizations. I’ve met numerous knowledgeable and helpful people, many of whom have become both valued colleagues and friends.”
Martha has served the STC RMC in many different capacities including vice president, president, and past president. During her presidency, the Chapter won a Chapter Achievement Excellence Award. The Chapter also received an Award of Excellence for Technicalities in the STC newsletter competition while she was newsletter editor in 1999.
She also served as a member of the nominating committee at the Society level. For the last few years, Martha spearheaded our Chapter’s effort to recognize members’ long-term contributions by implementing a process to identify and nominate members whose accomplishments meet the guidelines for Associate Fellow.
As the current managing content editor for the Usability Professional Association (UPA) UX Magazine, she continues to share her technical communication skills with others. “I am challenged to share my knowledge and experience with various authors, some of whom have English as a second language,” Sippel said. “I find that giving back is both a rewarding and important part of my career.”
For her work on a database-driven Web application, she won an International STC Online Competition Distinguished Award and was also honored this year with a Distinguished Chapter Service Award. She has also presented at STC Annual Conferences and Region conferences.
Martha founded AzuWrite, LLC in 2001 and primarily designs and creates web applications and web sites. She also provides accurate and relevant assessments of usability issues and facilitates cross-functional teams to create and develop user-friendly web applications.
Join me in congratulating Martha for her tireless efforts on behalf of our Chapter and the Society! She has been, and continues to be, a valuable member of our Chapter.