February 2011 nominations this month

Varied experience brings diversity

By Philippa King Rojo

In addition to their broad industrial knowledge, two of the nominated IEC officers who are due to take up their term of office in January and February 2012 have a background in academia.

Jun-Young Choi Jun-Young Choi

SMB SG 1 Energy efficiency and renewable resources

SMB (Standardization Management Board) approved the nomination of Jun-Young Choi, a Mechanical Engineer with a PhD from Yonsei Graduate School, Korea, as the Korean IEC NC (National Committee) alternate member to SMB SG (Strategic Group) 1 where he is replacing Jeha Kim. At present, Choi works for the Energy Technology Centre, Korea Testing Laboratory. In 2006, Choi was a guest researcher in the LBNL (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) of the US Department of Energy and Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Korea Polytechnic University.

Choi has an impressive track record of developing energy efficiency S&L (standards and labelling) programmes for household appliances and systems such as air conditioners, refrigerators and dishwashers, relevant performance testing equipment, energy efficiency standards and labelling programmes. His experience will be invaluable in the context of SMB SG 1, which deals specifically with energy efficiency and renewable resources.

SMB DMT (Directives Maintenance Team)

SMB approved the first extension to the term of office for Carlo Masetti of Italy as DMT (Directives Maintenance Team) member from 2012-01-01 to 2014-12-31.

Carlo Masetti is currently Director of Institutional and International Affairs at CEI (Comitato Elettrotecnico Italiano), the Italian Electrotechnical Committee. He is also Vice President ofCENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization), a position he has held since June 2009.

Masetti has broad experience in European and International Standardization, having served in the past as Italian Permanent Delegate on the CENELEC Technical Board and as Italian Member in the IEC SMB. He has also been an alternate member of the SMB SG 1, so has an excellent understanding of energy efficiency and renewable energies. Masetti holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rome and a Masters Degree from McGill University in Montreal.

The DMT is an advisory group to SMB and maintains the IEC Directives for technical work, particularly in respect of the need to ensure harmonization of the IEC, ISO and JTC (ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee) 1 processes. Directives are divided into two parts. The first lays down the procedure for technical work, i.e. how a TC (technical committee) or SC (subcommittee) is constituted, the responsibilities of the officers and how to go about developing an International Standard using the consensus principle. The second provides the rules for the structure and drafting of International Standards to ensure that, irrespective of the technical content, standards are drafted in as uniform a manner as is practicable. Working in the DMT requires considerable knowledge of the standardization process and members often have considerable previous experience, either as TC Officers or experts in a TC.

PC 118: Smart Grid user interface

SMB approved the nomination of Richard Schomberg as Chairman of PC (Project Committee) 118, set up in 2011 to develop International Standards relating to the Smart Grid user interface.

Receiver of the 2011 IEC Lord Kelvin Award, Schomberg has been Vice President Smart Energy Standards at EDF Group Corporate since 2011; previously he was Vice President – Research, North America, and from 2001 to 2009 was Vice President – Innovation Sourcing & Transfer.

As early as 2001, Schomberg "identified the disruptive opportunity of Smart Grids" and has been a key player in the IEC Smart Grid activities, leading the SG 3 (Strategic Group) Smart Grid.

The concept of PC 118, whose task is to develop Smart Grid user interface standards, represents a new approach in the IEC – although in the past there has been a JPC (Joint Product Committee) set up between ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the IEC. SMB chooses to form a PC when there is a need to be able to deal with a specific task that is limited in scope but that does not fit into the work of any existing IEC TC. Compared to a TC, a PC has a simplified structure with no subdivision into WGs (Working Groups). PC 118's task is to concentrate on the exchange between the demand-side of smart equipment and the grid and the relevant power demand response.


SMB approved the nomination of Volker Hinrichsen as Chairman of IEC TC 37: Surge arresters, for the period 2012-01-01 to 2018-12-31.

In overvoltage situations such as lightning or switching surges, it is important to ensure that the supply of ultra-high, high, medium and low voltage electricity remains uninterrupted. TC 37 is responsible for the surge arresters and other SPD (surge protective devices) that protect electrical supply systems and installations.

Hinrichsen is an electrical engineer with degrees from Berlin Technical University. In 1989 he joined Siemens’ Power Transmission and Distribution facilities in Berlin as a Technical Assistant and rose to the position of Director R&D of the Siemens Surge Arrester Division in 1992. In 2001 he joined the Technische Universität Darmstadt as full professor in high-voltage engineering. At present, he is head of the high-voltage laboratories (accredited for dielectric testing up to 800 kV system voltages) and is active in education, research and testing.


SMB approved the second extension of the term of office of Ton Clerkx as Chairman of TC 66: Safety of measuring, control and laboratory equipment, for the period 2012-02-01 to 2015-01-31.

In addition to being a representative of a TC whose work is essentially based on safety matters, Clerkx is also a member of ACOS (SMB Advisory Committee on Safety), in which he represents TC 66. In his daily work, Clerkx is faced with the safety, performance, dependability and repeatability needs of a great range of connectors and cables: industrial connectors, connectors for automated systems, components for the medical industry and renewable energy sectors, together with a broad variety of test and measurement accessories. 

The market for equipment within the scope of TC 66 is growing. It is used in a wide range of industry and educational establishments and by users with very different levels of technical knowledge. Manufacturers therefore rely on the International Standards of TC 66 to ensure that their products are safe and demonstrably meet national safety regulations, while for users, the standards provide assurance.

Jun-Young Choi Jun-Young Choi
Carlo Masetti Carlo Masetti
Richard Schomberg Richard Schomberg