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USNC Announces Call for 2012 Young Professionals Nominees


Program aims to strengthen the future of technology transfer and encourage the participation of young professionals in shaping the future of standardization and conformance

The U.S. National Committee (USNC) to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is seeking nominations for U.S. participants to take part in the Young Professionals (YP) 2012 Workshop to be held in conjunction with the 76th IEC General Meeting (GM) in Oslo, Norway, on October 1-5, 2012.

Now in its third year, the Young Professionals Workshop brings together candidates selected from IEC National Bodies around the globe who are at the start of their careers in electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment. The program aims to cultivate long-term national involvement in the international arena, strengthen the future of technology transfer, and encourage the participation of young professionals in shaping the future of standardization and conformance. Ninety-one percent of last year's participants reported their interest in becoming more involved in IEC work as a result of the workshop.

What the 2010 Young Professionals Are Saying

"The experience was highly rewarding both professionally and personally. The ability to interact with individuals from across the globe, each with widely varying backgrounds in science, engineering, and IEC experience, was invaluable, as are the friendships I began with my fellow attendees."
-Jonathan Colby, United States

"I have gained much greater awareness and appreciation on standardization, and it has added to my enthusiasm to be involved with standards development."
-Peter Ridge, United Kingdom

"It was an amazing experience, one of the better in my life."
-Arturo Gaytan, Mexico

"I was most impressed by the dedication and commitment shown by a number of high-level executives within the IEC to the Young Professionals program . . . It is not every day that one gets to meet with such a diverse range of people of such a high caliber who share common pursuits and goals.
-Elaine Clayton, Australia

"Working with a small, diverse group of highly motivated and intelligent professionals was a highlight of the program for me," said Jonathan Colby, hydrodynamic engineer at Verdant Power, and a 2011 U.S. Young Professional awardee. "I was able to gain valuable insight into the way different countries and organizations utilize standards and contribute to the IEC."

Mr. Colby was one of three international IEC Young Professionals voted a 2011 Young Professional Leader at the 75th IEC GM in Melbourne, Australia. As such, he will seek to promote the continued engagement of 2011 members in the YP program and the IEC at large.

"I am excited to work closely with my fellow YPs to ensure we all remain active members in the standards development process, both nationally and internationally," Mr. Colby continued.

Alongside recipients from other nations, the three young professionals selected to represent the U.S. at the IEC 2012 General Meeting in Oslo will attend a dedicated workshop where they will learn more about the IEC, standardization strategies, and conformity assessment. They will also have the opportunity to attend the technical meetings where standards are developed, observe meetings of the IEC Standardization Management Board, and the IEC Conformity Assessment Board, and benefit from extensive networking opportunities in an international setting.

Recipients will be financially supported for their travel and up to three nights of accommodation.

The Young Professionals Workshop debuted at the USNC-hosted IEC 2010 General Meeting in Seattle. The inaugural program welcomed 53 young professionals from 27 countries to encourage their continued participation in standardization and conformity assessment activities. Learn more.

The Young Professionals program is targeted towards individuals who are in the early years of their professional career, post university. U.S. stakeholders are encouraged to nominate young professionals involved in standardization from industry, government, academia, consumer organizations, or any entity within the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment community that uses, benefits from, or contributes to the IEC's work in electrotechnical standardization and conformance.

Nominations must be submitted electronically to Charlie Zegers, general secretary of the USNC ([email protected]) by April 30, 2012. Letters of support from members of the standards and conformance communities attesting to the nominee's outstanding achievements and appropriateness for receipt of the award are strongly encouraged.

Download the nomination form.

The selection process is based on the nominee's demonstrated leadership and dedication, vision of the strategic or commercial impact of standards and conformance, and significant accomplishments in their chosen field of activity. Candidates will be assessed by a selection panel comprised of USNC Officers, standing committee officers, former U.S. Young Professional recipients, and a pool of USNC Honorary Life Members. The winners will be notified in July 2012.


Jana Zabinski

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