Young U.S. Electrotechnology Professionals Sought for Prominent International Standardization Program

Young U.S. Electrotechnology Professionals Sought for Prominent International
                           Standardization Program

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2013

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

NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The U.S. National Committee
(USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is seeking
nominations for young professionals at the start of their electrotechnology
careers to participate in the Young Professionals 2013 Workshop, to be held in
conjunction with the 77^th IEC General Meeting (GM) in New Delhi, India, on
October 21-25, 2013.

The Young Professionals Workshop brings together international candidates
selected from IEC National Committees 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.

The 2012 Young Professionals from the United States were:

  oAisha Bajwa
    Field Applications Engineer
    Alcan Cable/Division of Alcan Products Corp.
  oKevin S. Duncan
    Senior Staff Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Engineer
    Seagate Technology/ESD Association
  oManyphay Souvannarath
    Senior Systems Engineer 
    General Electric

Ms. Souvannarath was one of only three international participants voted to be
a 2012 Young Professional (YP) Leader at the 76^th IEC GM in Oslo, Norway. As
such, she will act as ambassador for the program within the IEC family and
help to shape its activities while she serves as YP Leader.

Alongside recipients from other nations, the three young professionals
selected to represent the U.S. at the IEC 2013 General Meeting in New Delhi
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 technical meetings where standards are developed,
observe meetings of the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB) and the IEC
Conformity Assessment Board (CAB), 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.

"Being able to sit in at the SMB and CAB meetings and also getting to sit in
at the Technical Committee level was a great insight. This provided a holistic
view from the technical side all the way through to the management side of
standards, and that was a good opportunity," said Ms. Souvannarath.

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 (czegers@ansi.org) by Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Letters
of support from members of the standardization community attesting to the
nominee's outstanding achievements and appropriateness for receipt of the
award are strongly encouraged.

Download the nomination form here.

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 composed 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 2013.

Now in its fourth year, 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.

About ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit
organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the
American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the
integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.
Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade
associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and
labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more
than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals
worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International
Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee,
the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S.
representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

About the USNC/IEC
The U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission
(USNC/IEC) 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/IEC serves as 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. The USNC/IEC is a totally integrated committee of
the American National Standards Institute.

SOURCE American National Standards Institute

Website: http://www.ansi.org/
Contact: Elizabeth Neiman, +1-212-642-4911, eneiman@ansi.org