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Engaging and supporting young and emerging professionals (YEPs) in electrotechnology standardization is a key priority for the USNC/IEC.

Explore the set of programs below helping to get YEPs actively and effectively involved in IEC standards and conformity activities and building our next generation of USNC/IEC electrotechnology standardization leaders.

Don Heirman Award Program

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The USNC YEP program provides an exciting platform for active engagement among U.S. young and emerging professionals in electrotechnology standardization. 


Since the program was launched in 2022, the USNC YEP Committee has been focused on identifying strategic goals and next steps to implement the program. The Committee is hosting a working session during World Standards Week 2023 for discussion and action on the following goals:

  • Develop a roadmap for incoming YEP members that demonstrates a successful trajectory for participation in the USNC and IEC.
  • Begin academic engagement to ensure the next generation of standards and conformity assessment leaders are prepared and positioned to get involved upon graduation.
  • Identify how the focus of each YEP Committee Task Force (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; International Collaboration; Outreach and Engagement; and Programs and Events) can be highlighted in a series of SMART actions that can be achieved in 2024.
  • Develop an Annual YEP Summit plan.

The session is open to all those with an interest in U.S. YEP participation in international electrotechnical standardization. Learn more.


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 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:

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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 [email protected].

USNC YEP and Protégé Engagement Program

While virtual attendance has reduced some barriers to entry for interested YEPs and protégés, fostering development and advancement within the USNC can be stymied without opportunities to attend, learn, and network at events in-person.

This program enables new and existing YEPs and protégés to attend USNC management meetings in-person, allowing them grow professionally within the standards and conformity assessment community and expand their network. By supporting YEPs and protégés to attend these meetings, the USNC meets several of its strategic objectives, including succession and leadership planning; engaging young and emerging professionals; ensuring functionality and efficacy of the USNC TAGs; and developing and implementing targeted training programs for USNC members.

USNC YEP Committee members and Mentoring Program protégés are invited to apply to attend a set of USNC Management Meetings, dates listed below. Funding is available to each YEP and protégé which is limited to round-trip airfare and up to four nights of accommodation with a cap of $1,500 per YEP or protégé. Additional details around funding specifics can be found in the program application.


The USNC Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) Committee officially launched the USNC’s National YEP Program in May 2022. One of the goals of the National YEP Program is to develop the next generation of leaders within both the standards and conformity assessment communities. A reoccurring topic that has been discussed since the establishment of the YEP Committee in 2010 is employer funding to support YEP attendance at national and international standards and conformity assessment meetings, workshops, and other activities. Providing support for new and existing USNC YEPs and protégés to attend such events is critical to improving their knowledge base, broadening their network, and increasing their exposure within the USNC community. It is also vital for the retention of experts and for succession planning within the USNC.

Application Process

USNC YEPs and protégés are required to submit an application to the USNC staff to ensure that it has been completed properly. All applications are to be submitted eight weeks ahead of the meetings, and will be shared with a panel of USNC Council and YEP Committee members for their review and approval. Once a request has been approved, the USNC Council will be informed while the USNC staff will inform the applicant and manage the reimbursement process. The approved USNC YEPs and protégés are required to submit receipts for direct reimbursement to USNC staff within one month of attending the meetings.

USNC Management Meetings
20 – 22 May 2024
Milwaukee, WI (host Rockwell Automation)
Deadline: Tuesday, March 26th 2024

For questions, please contact Mackenzie Connors, Program Administrator ([email protected]; 212.642.8927). 

Access USNC YEP and Protégé Engagement Program Application

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.

To get started, please complete and submit the USNC Mentoring Program application to Megan Pahl ([email protected]).

Access USNC Mentoring Program Application


Congratulations to the winners of the USNC 2023 Young Professionals Workshop Competition!

The U.S. National Committee (USNC) to the IEC is pleased to announce the three recipients selected to attend the 2023 IEC Young Professionals (YP) Workshop in Cairo, Egypt: Alexis Bartels-Popelar of VIAVI Solutions, Caitlyn Clark of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Mariah Dixon of UL Standards & Engagement (ULSE).

The three recipients, chosen by the USNC YP selection panel, will be sponsored to participate in the October 22-26 workshop held in conjunction with the 87th IEC General Meeting. They will represent the U.S. at a dedicated workshop alongside recipients from other nations, 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 a meeting of the IEC Standardization Management Board and the Conformity Assessment Board; benefit from the guidance of a mentor; visit local industry; and more. The recipients will receive financial support for their travel and up to six nights of accommodation.

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The 2023 USNC/IEC Young Professionals are Alexis Bartels-Popelar, Caitlyn Clark, Mariah Dixon (left to right):

USNC IEC Young and Emerging Professionals 2023

Former IEC Young Professional Leaders

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


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

Staff Contacts

Adelana Gladstein

Program Manager


[email protected]

Megan Pahl

Program Administrator


[email protected]


Mackenzie Connors

Program Administrator


[email protected]