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IEC YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAMME

Congratulations to the winners of the USNC 2022 Young Professionals Workshop Competition!

Recipients will participate in the 2022 IEC Young Professionals Workshop on October 31-November 4, in conjunction with the 86th IEC General Meeting (GM) hosted by the United States in San Francisco. The 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. Recipients will be financially supported for their airfare and accommodation. As we have seen during previous IEC General Meetings, there is a lot of enthusiasm surrounding the young professionals programs around the world. Read the related ANSI news article.

The 2022 USNC/IEC Young Professionals are Grace Callahan, Amanda Johnson, Eric Jonardi, and Allison Managlia (left to right):

 

U.S. National Young and Emerging Professionals PROGRAM

Officially launched in 2022, the USNC YEP program provides an exciting platform for active engagement among U.S. young and emerging professionals in electrotechnology standardization.

BACKGROUND

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.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH

The USNC Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) Program Launch & Meetup was held on May 17 as part of Spring 2022 World Standards Week. During this interactive hybrid session, attendees helped shape the future of the program by brainstorming ideas and sharing first-hand experiences. A networking reception followed the working session.

Watch the USNC YEP Launch:

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 agladstein@usnc.org.

Past Webinars

In this October 2021 webinar, leadership and staff of the U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Committee (USNC/IEC) introduced the USNC’s new National YEP Program, to be formally launched in early 2022. The goal of the program is to create a platform for active engagement among all U.S. young and emerging professionals with interests in standards and conformity assessment for electrotechnologies. Former USNC IEC YEPs shared their first-hand experience and answered questions about all the opportunities and benefits of getting involved.

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Access Webinar

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.

Access Webinar

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.

Access Webinar

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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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

M-Viengkham

Manyphay Viengkham

IEC 2012 YP Leader, United States

Jonathan Colby

Jonathan Colby

IEC 2011 YP Leader, United States

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USNC Professional Mentoring Program

The USNC Professional Mentoring 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 fosters the growth of emerging standards and conformity assessment professionals and enables 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.

Time Commitment

Applications to the USNC Mentoring Program are made available in the summer. The formal mentoring program begins in the fall and runs through the following summer. As mentors and protégés are paired, they discuss and agree on how frequently they would like to meet. The recommendation is to meet once a month for at least one hour, with the protégé setting up the meetings and driving the desired discussion topics.

Application & Questions

Interested in participating? Please contact Megan Pahl at mpahl@ansi.org.

Staff Contacts

Adelana Gladstein

Program Manager

Phone: 
212.642.4965

Email: 
agladstein@ansi.org


Megan Pahl

Program Administrator

Phone:
212.642.8907

Email:
mpahl@ansi.org

 

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