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IIA Awards Presented for Outstanding Article, Student Essay

​VANCOUVER (July 6, 2015) — An important contributor to Internal Auditor magazine received an award for literary excellence today at The IIA’s 74th International Conference in Vancouver.

Manny Rosenfeld was awarded the John B. Thurston Award for his article on performing operational audits of repair and maintenance functions titled “No Crash Landings,” which appeared in the February 2014 issue of Internal Auditor.

Each year, the Thurston Award recognizes the author or authors of the most outstanding article published in Internal Auditor magazine during the previous year. Rosenfeld’s article addresses the importance of internal audit understanding the elements of a well-run repair-and-maintenance function. Such a function allows internal auditors to design an operational audit program that can help the organization mitigate potentially costly risks and capture significant opportunities.

The John B. Thurston Award for Literary Excellence was established in 1952 in memory of a pioneer in internal auditing who conceived the idea to establish The IIA and who served as its first President.

The IIA is the largest organization representing the interests of the profession, and provides ethical and professional guidance, education, and certifications to over 180,000 members worldwide. The IIA’s Internal Auditor magazine is the world’s leading publication covering the internal audit profession.

Also on Monday, the Esther R. Sawyer Research Award was presented to Amanda Gates Carlson, a student at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., USA. Gates Carlson earned the award for her manuscript, “Internal Auditor, Advocate for Thyself: Professional Advocacy Recommendations for Internal Auditing.”

Her essay explores promoting the profession of internal auditing by “instilling pride in the profession, encouraging change, and building relationships with organizations and key stakeholders that impact the profession globally.”

The Esther R. Sawyer Research Award was established by the Larry Sawyer family in tribute to Larry’s late wife, Esther, and her contributions in support of the internal audit profession. The award recognizes an internal audit undergraduate or graduate student from an Internal Auditing Education Partnership school, based on the submission of an original manuscript on a topic related to modern internal auditing.

As the winner, Gates Carlson receives a US$5,000 award, and The IIA Research Foundation will make a donation to Bentley University.