The U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is currently seeking nominations of emerging electrotechnology professionals to participate in the upcoming IEC Young Professionals 2019 Workshop, which will be held on October 21-25, 2019, in Shanghai, China, in conjunction with the 83rd IEC General Meeting (GM). Nominations can be submitted using the USNC Young Professionals Workshop Nomination Form until March 1, 2019.
Each year, the Young Professionals Workshop assembles international candidates at the beginning of their careers in electrotechnical standardization who have been chosen by IEC National Committees around the world, based on a candidate's demonstrated leadership and dedication in connection with standardization and/or conformity assessment activities, as well as their vision of the larger commercial and strategic impact of standards and conformance work, and their accomplishments in their chosen field of activity. The program supports the increased involvement of young professionals in international electrotechnical standards and conformity assessment work, bolstering the future of technology transfer and long-term national involvement in the international standardization arena.
The USNC will select up to three young professionals to represent the United States at the 2019 workshop. The selectees may be employed by 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. The program is intended for individuals who have completed their undergraduate education and are in the early stages of their professiongraduate 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 also be given the opportunity to visit local industry, receive guidance from a mentor, and observe a meeting of the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB) and Conformity Assessment Board (CAB). Individuals chosen to take part in the Young Professionals 2019 Workshop will be financially supported for their travel to Shanghai and for up to three nights' accommodations.
Candidates may be nominated by any interested stakeholder who is not a member of the program's selection panel; 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. Guidelines 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 2019 IEC GM, if selected.
Nominated individuals will be assessed by a selection panel made up of USNC officers, standing committee officers, former U.S. Young Professionals Workshop participants, and a pool of USNC Honorary Life Members. All individuals chosen to take part in the 2019 Young Professionals Workshop will be notified in July 2019.