The USNC has announced the U.S. winners of its 2021 Young Professionals Workshop Competition. Recipients will remotely participate in the IEC Young professionals workshop on October 3-7, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with the 85th IEC General Meeting (GM). The event will be held in hybrid format due to the continued impacts of the pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding travel.
The in-depth, five-day international workshop brings together young professionals from around the world who are at the beginning of their careers in electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment, and who have been selected and recognized by their IEC National Committees. In previous years, the IEC YP Workshop was held for only three days; this is the first year it has been extended to five days.
As a hardware engineer for Rockwell Automation, Chao Feng has served in leading the IO functional safety calculations for new products. As Rockwell's subject matter expert, he has been working on multiple functional safety product development projects over the past six years. Chao was certified by TUV for FS IEC60518 and Cyber Security for control product in 2020. Chao Feng graduated with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and earned his master of engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Brian Rupp is a hardware engineer at Rockwell Automation, and he has worked as a new product development engineer, focusing on high-speed back-plane design. He has also worked with system architecture, component selection, in addition to schematic, layout, production, and validation stages. Additionally, he has performed testing for EMC compliance (radiated emissions/immunity and electrical fast transient testing) and worked with standards development for upcoming technologies, such as Advanced Physical Layer (APL) technology and Single Pair Ethernet Technology (SPE), among other accomplishments. He received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Stephanie Schiller is a quality assurance manager for UL Verification Services Inc., where she is responsible for seven global laboratories, over 10 certification schemes, and additional services provided globally. She helps provide governance to ensure compliance to UL's internal certification schemes. She is involved in discussions with UL's enterprise services, risk committees, and CASCO (the ISO committee that works on issues relating to conformity assessment). Additionally, she has experience working with, interpreting, and implementing conformity assessment standards: ISO/IEC 17025, ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17020, ISO 14065, ISO 14024, and ISO/IEC 17029. She also works with external certification schemes on their program documentation, rules, and standards as they relate to conformity assessment, sustainability, indoor health, and testing. Stephanie earned her bachelor of science from the University of Minnesota.
As a standards engineer for Underwriters Laboratories, Christopher Schmid's role involves defining electrical/mechanical safety parameters and identifying safety hazards. He establishes standardized working/verbiage for common tests found through various UL standards in order to modify and harmonize text within the documents without negatively impacting the intent of the requirements. He also works in developing a data visualization platform that revolutionizes the way stakeholders interact and view UL standards, and supports UL Standard Technical Panels (STPs) in researching previous and existing requirements (ISO, UL, ASTM, IEC, etc.) to assist in the clarification of requirements and the understanding of their intent during the revision process, among other responsibilities. Christopher earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering, REES Concentration (Renewable Electric Energy Systems), at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.