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USNC Current Newsletter: Latest Issue Spotlights Young and Emerging Professionals


The U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has published the Winter 2019/2020 issue of its quarterly newsletter, USNC Current. The issue focuses on the next generation of professionals in the electrotechnical industry, and need-to-know information on how to get involved in standards development.

In her editorial, Carrie Schmaus, marine energy analyst and interagency coordinator and Knauss Fellow/ORISE Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), reflects on her involvement in the IEC Young Professionals' Programme. "Not only has thinking about standards given me insights to my work at the DoE, it's helped me develop soft skills that have been invaluable across my personal and professional life," she noted. Ms. Schmaus is a recipient of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 2019 Next Generation Leadership and Service Award, presented to professionals who have been engaged in standardization or conformity assessment activities for less than eight years, who have demonstrated vision, leadership, dedication, and significant contributions to their chosen field.

The issue also highlights new IEC and USNC leadership, the recent USNC Young and Emerging Professionals Roundtable held in conjunction World Standards Week 2019, and features the article, Excerpts from the American Renewable Energy Standards and Certification Association (ARESCA's) White Paper on Conformity Assessment in Wind Energy.

Read the USNC Current Volume 15, Number 1.

To submit proposed news items for future USNC Current issues, contact Scott Fogel: [email protected].

About the USNC

A committee of ANSI, the USNC 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 is 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. Strong U.S. participation in the IEC is critical to national competitiveness and the continued growth and innovation in U.S. electrotechnical industries.


Jana Zabinski

Senior Director, Communications & Public Relations


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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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