Introducing the IEC 2013 Young Professional Leaders

Growing the next generation of electrotechnology standardization experts

By Janice Blondeau

Upcoming expert engineers, technicians and managers from throughout the world, who aspire to become more involved in the IEC and help shape the future of international standardization and conformity assessment in the field of electrotechnology are brought together in the IEC Young Professionals programme. For this month’s magazine, e-tech profiles the three 2013 Leaders of the IEC Young Professionals programme who were elected by their peers in New Delhi. Please give them your support!

Ethan Biery, representing the IEC National Committee of the US Ethan Biery, representing the IEC National Committee of the US

Introducing Ethan Biery, of the United States of America

Ethan Biery holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA. Biery works at Lutron Electronics where he gained initial exposure on the impact that international standards can have on the product development process through his experience with product design. Over time, Biery has become familiar with LED lighting technology, with involvement in related standards development projects through Zhaga (an international consortium of lighting manufacturers) and NEMA (the US-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association). Biery is a US National Committee expert for IEC SC 23B: Plugs, socket-outlets and switches, where he is helping ensure that globally-developed lighting controls and LED light sources meet customer safety, reliability and performance requirements.

On the IEC Young Professionals workshop

Speaking about the IEC Young Professionals workshop in New Delhi, Biery had this to say, “Participating in these Young Professional meetings has really helped me to understand how the standard gets created, the work that goes into it, and really the rationale and the decision making process that goes into developing a complex standard… But I learned that team work, communication, and networking with others… are really the most important skills to have.”

Introducing Adam Hamilton, of South Africa

Adam Hamilton holds Honours in a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. While atuniversity, Hamilton received a bursary from Eskom Holdings Limited for his last two years of study and he subsequently gained experience in the manufacturing industry, with Praga Technical, where he spent time developing understanding of the engineering principles used in this industry. During this time Hamilton had an opportunity to train at a power station which led to his enjoyment and passion for energy.

Over the last two years Hamilton has worked for Eskom Holdings, as a Turbine System engineer at a power station. He was part of the Power Station Enhancement Programme team, focused on improving station performance, building the strategy and completing an implementation plan to roll-out enhancement initiatives. In 2013, Hamilton completed a 12-month externship development programme with McKinsey & Company producing strategy, completing lean optimisation studies and supporting a site management team to build a 800 MW unit.

Impressions of Delhi workshop

“New Delhi gave me global perspectives on standardization. I worked with and formed networks with extraordinary young professionals from all walks of life. Each YP help broaden my knowledge horizon and help me realise the power of the global community within the IEC.”

The benefits of participating in the workshop were:

  • Networking with young professionals from around the world
  • Understanding how standardization shapes industry economics
  • Understanding the details of making a standard

Introducing Dimitrios Ladas, of France

Dimitrios Ladas has a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and Control from the National Engineering School in Electrotechnology, Electronics, Computer Sciences, Hydraulics and Telecommunications of Toulouse (ENSEEIHT) in 2004. He also holds a Ph. D. from Polytechnic National Institute of Grenoble (INPG) in 2008. Ladas began his career at Schneider Electric in 2008 as technical leader on R&D projects aimed at improving the electrical durability of contactors. Since 2010, he has been the project leader of the EV (Electric Vehicle) Inductive Charging project and as an expert in electromagnetism and electrotechnologies, he is responsible for the design of the air-core transformer.

Since 2011, Ladas has been a member of IEC TC 69: Electric road vehicles and electric industrial trucks, in the project team which develops the standard for Wireless Power Transfer for EV charging.

In his own words…

On participating in the IEC Young Professionals - 2013 workshop, Ladas said, “I think it’s a really great opportunity to meet other standardization delegates, also other Young Professionals, because we were 55 from many different countries…The benefits are clearly that through these kinds of programmes young engineers could have an influence on future standards.”

Calling Young Professionals!

Information about the IEC Young Professionals - 2014 workshop is available from National Committees and on the IEC website. Registration will open from mid-May until the end of June. Contact your National Committee for details of the selection process in your country.

Ethan Biery, representing the IEC National Committee of the US Ethan Biery, representing the IEC National Committee of the US
Young Professional Leader Adam Hamilton, of South Africa Young Professional Leader Adam Hamilton, of South Africa
Dimitrios Ladas representing the French National Committee of the IEC Dimitrios Ladas representing the French National Committee of the IEC