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Young Professionals Sought for Prominent 2020 International Electrotechnology Workshop Competition

2/11/2020
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2020

The U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has opened nominations for emerging electrotechnology professionals to participate in an in-depth, five-day IEC Young Professionals 2020 Workshop, which will be held on October 5-9, 2020, in conjunction with the 84th IEC General Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. Candidate nominations via the USNC Young Professionals Workshop Nomination Form will be accepted until April 30, 2020.

The competitive workshop will bring together young professionals from around the world who are at the beginning of their careers in electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment. The IEC National Committee selects and recognizes each candidate; the overall goal is to bolster the future of technology transfer, and long-term national involvement in the international standardization arena.

In its eleventh year, the Young Professionals Workshop assembles nominated international candidates who are selected by IEC National Committees around the world. Participants must demonstrate:


  • Leadership and dedication in connection with standards and/or conformity assessment activities

  • Vision of the larger commercial and strategic impact of standards and conformance

  • Accomplishments in their chosen field of activity

The USNC will select up to three young professionals to represent the United States at the 2020 workshop in Stockholm. Industry, the government, academic bodies, consumer organizations, or any other member of the U.S. standards and conformance community that uses, benefits from, or contributes to the IEC's work in electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment may nominate candidates. Eligible individuals will have completed their undergraduate education and are in the early stages of their profession—graduate engineers or managers, for example.

Alongside recipients from other nations, the USNC-selected young professionals will take part in a workshop focused on information about the IEC and relevant strategies for international standardization and/or conformity assessment work. Participants will have the opportunity to visit local industry, receive guidance from a mentor, and observe a meeting of the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB) or Conformity Assessment Board (CAB). Individuals chosen to take part in the Young Professionals 2020 Workshop will receive financial support for their travel to Stockholm, and will receive up to five nights of accommodations.

Young Professionals 2020 Workshop Nomination Process

Stakeholders who are not a member of the program's selection panel may nominate a candidate; letters of support from members of the standardization community testifying to the candidate's appropriateness for the workshop and significant achievements to date are highly encouraged. Prospective candidates may also nominate themselves, but must provide at least one letter of professional recommendation and written assurance that their employers have agreed to allow them to attend the 2020 IEC General Meeting, if selected.

A selection panel made up of a pool of USNC officers, policy committee members, standing committee officers, former U.S. Young Professionals Workshop participants, and USNC Honorary Life Members will assess the nominated individuals.

Nominations can be submitted to Adelana Gladstein (agladstein@ansi.org) no later than April 30, 2020. All candidates chosen to take part in the 2020 Young Professionals Workshop will be notified in June 2020. See expectations of USNC Young Professional participants and guidelines for a successful application.

Meet the IEC Young Professionals

The annual Young Professionals Workshop program was initiated to encourage emerging electrotechnology professionals' participation in standardization and conformity assessment activities. The U.S. Young Professionals selected in 2019 were:

  • Carolyn Hull: Manager, Global Regulatory Standards (MITA/NEMA)

  • Travis Lindahl: Staff Engineer, Product Safety (Stryker Instruments)

  • Nathan Tom: Researcher III-Mechanical Engineering (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

For more information: Contact youngprofessionals@iec.ch or visit the IEC Young Professionals Program webpages www.iec.ch/youngprofessionals.

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About the USNC/IEC

The U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC) serves as the focal point for U.S. parties who are interested in the development, promulgation, and use of globally- relevant standards for the electrotechnical industry.

The Committee is also engaged in the assessment of conformance to standards, undertaking work in areas such as testing, certification and accreditation. As the U.S. representative to the IEC and many related regional standardization bodies, the USNC/IEC serves as a conduit to the global standards-setting community for technical and policy positions arising in the U.S. and brings issues from the global arena to the U.S. for review, consideration, and response. The USNC/IEC is a totally integrated committee of the American National Standards Institute.

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