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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 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.

The USNC has named the following 2021 IEC Young Professionals:

Chao Feng

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

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

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.

Christopher Schmid

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.

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