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USNC Young and Emerging Professionals Committee

The USNC Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) Committee encourages young and emerging professionals to participate in the work of the USNC and IEC and become engaged in their programs, trainings, and events. This group meets throughout the year to facilitate and coordinate opportunities for individuals with an interest in participating in standardization and conformity assessment activities for electrotechnologies.

The YEP Committee is comprised of professionals that are just beginning or are early in their careers, which the USNC defines as less than 8 or so years of experience in standards or conformity assessment. The diverse group currently includes over 25 professionals who come from a variety of backgrounds, including academia, government, industry, Standards Developing Organizations, trade associations, and others. The YEP Committee is a standing committee of the USNC and reports to the USNC Council.
If you are interested in joining the USNC YEP Committee, please contact Ade Gladstein at


In November 2019, the USNC YEP Committee began laying the foundation for a national program to expand the continued participation of young and emerging professionals beyond the former representatives of the IEC YP Programme. The goals, vision, and action plan are detailed in the U.S. National YEP Program Framework. The goal of this program is to create a platform for active engagement among all YEPs with interests in standards development and conformity assessment in the United States.

IEC Young Professionals Programme



The 2021 IEC Young Professionals Workshop will be held October 3–7, 2021, in conjunction with the 85th IEC General Meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This in-depth, five-day* workshop will bring together young professionals from around the world who are at the beginning of their careers in electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment, and who have each been selected and recognized by their IEC National Committees. Due to the continued impacts of the pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding travel, this workshop will be held in hybrid format. If competition recipients choose to physically attend, they will be financially supported by the USNC for airfare and by the IEC for five nights of accommodation. As we saw during the last in-person IEC General Meeting in Shanghai in 2019, there is a lot of enthusiasm surrounding the young professionals programs around the world. We are excited to continue this momentum in 2021!

*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.


If you are interested in applying, please submit a 2021 IEC YP nomination form to Adelana Gladstein ( no later than July 16, 2021

See expectations of USNC Young Professional participants and guidelines for a successful application.

Former IEC Young Professional Leaders

Carrie Schmaus

Carrie Schmaus

IEC 2018 YP Leader, United States
USNC Young and Emerging Professionals Committee Chair

Ethan Biery

Ethan Biery

IEC 2013 YP Leader, United States


Manyphay Viengkham

IEC 2012 YP Leader, United States

Jonathan Colby

Jonathan Colby

IEC 2011 YP Leader, United States

Past USNC YEP Webinars

This June 2021 webinar focused on how young and emerging professionals working in standards and conformity assessment can become involved with the USNC and IEC. We learned about the USNC 2021 IEC Young Professionals Competition and USNC Mentoring Program, providing details on how to apply to these programs. We also heard from previous IEC Young Professionals Programme participants as well as a USNC Mentoring Program protégé on their experiences.

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This October 2020 webinar focused on the USNC Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) Committee’s efforts to establish a national YEP program in the United States. We heard from IEC Young Professionals (YP) Program Officer, Aristea Kyriakati, on how the IEC supports national YP programs around the world. We learned about the IEC’s upcoming opportunities for YPs and the 2021 IEC YP Program as well. USNC YEP Committee Vice-Chair, Carolyn Hull, reviewed the goals and strategic objectives of the draft national YEP program principles document, which will serve as the foundation for the program in the US. Carolyn highlighted the YEP Committee’s focus on diversity as they plan the national YEP program’s outreach strategy. We also shared information on opportunities for YEPs working in standards and conformity assessment to become involved with the USNC and IEC.

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This May 2020 Webinar focused on how young and emerging professionals working in standards and conformity assessment can become involved with the USNC and IEC. We heard from three previous IEC Young Professionals Programme participants on their experiences and learned about the benefits of participation for the individual and their employer. Details were also provided on the USNC 2020 IEC Young Professionals Competition and how to apply.

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NEW! USNC Professional Mentoring Program

In 2021 the USNC launched the Professional Mentoring Pilot Program. This new program provides emerging standards and conformity assessment professionals an opportunity to enter into a one-on-one relationship with a more experienced member of the USNC community for the purpose of retention, development and overall success.

Whereas training is typically a significant volume of information passed from one to many, mentoring is a partnership in which two individuals set their own agenda, and the mentor provides guidance to the protégé in order to assist in achieving the latter’s goals. A mentoring program would foster the growth of emerging standards and conformity assessment professionals and enable them to be successful in their endeavors, whether their goals are to take on leadership roles in US or International programs or to be successful contributing experts or delegates. The mentoring program can be seen as a way to retain new standards and conformity assessment professionals and as a means of filling the pipeline for future leaders in the USNC.

The pilot program will conclude in Spring 2021. The USNC will open applications for a new cohort beginning Fall 2021.

Time Commitment

Our pilot program spans a six-month period. Program participants are asked to hold monthly calls with their mentor or protégé, however time spent shall not exceed five hours per month. There will be two formal check-in with program administrators, one around the mid-point and one as the pilot wraps-up.

Time commitments for the Professional Mentoring Program beginning in Fall 2021 will be similar, however the program will run the full academic year, rather than the shortened six-month period.

Application & Questions

Interested in participating? Please complete the USNC Professional Mentoring Program application or email Megan Pahl at with any questions.

Staff Contacts

Adelana Gladstein

Program Manager



Megan Pahl

Program Administrator