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Last April, Stina Wallström was elected President of Svensk Elstandard (SEK), the IEC National Committee of Sweden. In this position, Wallström is responsible for guiding the national committee and leading its involvement in international fora.
Standardization has been a leitmotiv throughout Wallström’s career. She first realized the importance of standards when completing her graduate studies in chemical engineering and has been engaged in standardization work ever since. Her initial foray into the IEC began with her participation in the Young Professional Programme (YPP) in 2013.
In an interview with e-tech, Wallström tells us more about her current work in standardization and encourages the next generation of leaders to become involved.
The ninth IEC Young Professionals workshop will be held in Busan, Republic of Korea, on 22 to 24 October in conjunction with the IEC 2018 General Meeting. This workshop is an opportunity for the next generation of leaders to learn more about IEC and its work in standardization and conformity assessment.
Recognizing the need to ensure continuity in its standards development and conformity assessment activities, the IEC has, since 2010, reached out to up and coming young experts active in a variety of technological sectors through the IEC Young Professionals Programme and its annual workshop, held in conjunction with the IEC General Meeting.
The IEC Young Professionals (YP) Programme brings together upcoming expert engineers, technicians and managers from all over 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. In this issue of e-tech, we introduce the three 2017 Leaders of the IEC Young Professionals Programme who were elected by their peers in Vladivostok, Russia, during the IEC General Meeting.
The 21st century has already seen the ineluctable acceleration of technological developments that affect every one of us in our personal and professional lives. Electrotechnical standardization work and conformity assessment activities are also impacted by this. In 2010, the IEC, recognizing the need to reach out to the younger generations, set up the IEC Young Professionals (YP) Programme and organized the first Young Professionals workshop.
Traditionally, the last issue of the year provides feedback on the IEC General Meeting (GM), held in 2017 in Vladivostok, Russia.
In his address to Council, Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO, reminded the audience that digitization is a key focus for both industry and standards organizations. Standards will play a key role in the digitization of industry, healthcare and every other part of our life. The new Masterplan, approved and published prior to the General Meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, sets the goals and expectations for the Commission, in this area among others, for the years to come.
IEC National Committees have selected the IEC 2017 Young Professionals who will represent them at this year’s workshop, to be held in Vladivostok, Russia, from 9-11 October 2017, during the IEC 2017 General Meeting.
Learn more about how IEC Young Professionals are becoming involved in the technical work of the IEC.
National Committees (NCs) have until the end of July to register participants, selected at national level, for the IEC Young Professionals (YP) – 2017 workshop. The workshop will be held in Vladivostok, Russia, in October during the IEC General Meeting.
Meet the IEC 2016 Young Professional Leaders and learn more about how YPs are becoming involved in the technical work of the IEC.
Nava provides insights into a Mexican programme that aims to increase energy efficiency with consumers and the need to encourage the take-up of renewable energy sources.
Traditionally, women have not been encouraged to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As a result, a low number has made it into this field. Standards are meant to improve the safety and quality of products and services used by everyone. However, to achieve this, they must include the significant physiological differences between men and women and their potential impact in daily situations.
During his address to Council, IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk highlighted the main achievements since Minsk and talked about important ongoing projects.
The seventh IEC Young Professionals (YP) workshop was held in October 2016, during the IEC General Meeting in Frankfurt. There were 75 YPs present from 41 countries, with each participant nominated by his or her National Committee (NC). The IEC YP Programme has more than 400 participants from 49 countries, since it kicked off in 2010. National Committees have been great supporters of this Programme, which continues to evolve and grow.
In a first for India, the IEC National Committee of India, hosted by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), launched its national IEC Young Professionals Programme with a workshop held on July 21 2016 at BIS Headquarters, in New Delhi. The workshop was attended by about 60 Young Professionals from electrotechnical industry and governmental bodies, who came from all over India.
One of the most innovative transportation developments today is Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology. According to U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), CAV is defined as “operation of the vehicle occurs without direct driver input to control the steering, acceleration, and braking; and designed so that the driver is not expected to constantly monitor the roadway while operating in self-driving mode.”
Electricity delivery from power stations to consumers’ premises had been achieved since the 19th century. Electricity networks are known as the most complex man-made system. Hence, the technologies available to generate, transmit and distribute electricity had always been advanced and contemporary for their time.
The first IEC Young Professionals’ workshop was held during the IEC General Meeting in Seattle, US. Participants were selected by IEC National Committees from a pool of promising young expert engineers, technicians and managers from their national industries and organizations. The aim was to increase the involvement of young professionals in the IEC and to engage them in shaping the future of international electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment.