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New Team

November 8th, 2011 | by LTD | No Comments

On October 29, the Language Technology Division held its annual general meeting in Boston, MA. The terms for LTD administrator Michael Metzger and assistant administrator Emily Tell were up, and the division elected a new team. We are grateful to Michael and Emily for efforts on behalf of the LTD and hope that they will continue to participate in the division activities.

The incoming administrators are Laurie Gerber and Michael Wahlster. You can find their contact e-mail addresses on the Contacts page.

Laurie is the new LTD administrator. She’s been in the translation community for 25 years – most of that time focused on machine translation technology – first as a developer, then in business development working on business models for MT. She has stayed connected to the “human” translation community throughout, and how translators work. This led to 3 years of consulting with various US Government clients on how to introduce translation technology.

Currently, Laurie is Business development director for Syntes Language Group. Laurie has been an ATA member since 1989, and was ATA certified in Japanese to English in 1991, though she is not actively translating now.

Michael is an English-to German translators located in the Los Angeles area – hence his web address English2German.LA. He has worked in-house and freelance, specializing in technical material and corporate communications projects. He joined ATA in 1993 and is certified for the English-to-German language pair. During his career, he migrated from an IBM Selectric, dedicated Wang and IBM word processors, CP/M-based Wordstar and Windows-based Word to translation memory tools. He has been involved with the Language Technology Division from the very beginning, albeit mostly behind the scenes, creating and recreating the division website and setting up and running the division Twitter account.

Please do not hesitate to contact Laurie or Michael, please sign up for the LTD mailing list, and follow us on Twitter.

Laurie Gerber

Michael Wahlster
Assistant Administrator


September 1st, 2011 | by MiW | No Comments

By now, you should have made your arrangements for attending the Annual ATA Conference in Boston. Remember, after September 23, the conference fee will go up.

The Annual General Meeting of the Language Technology Division will take place from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on the conference Saturday. Plan to be there. As in years past, there will be a panel discussion after the wrap up of division business. Stay tuned for more details.

If you are interested in other sessions with a language technology topic, check out the preliminary on-line program.

Hope to see you in Boston.