July 27, 2022
UL Standards & Engagement International Standards Specialist Selected for 2022 IEC Young Professionals Workshop
On July 25, 2022, the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced that Grace Callahan, international standards specialist for UL Standards & Engagement, was selected as one of four winners of its 2022 Young Professionals Workshop competition.
From Oct. 31 through Nov. 4, Grace and the other three participants will travel to San Francisco to participate in the IEC Young Professionals Workshop, as it coincides with the 86th IEC General Meeting. The workshop is a five-day immersive experience that convenes individuals from around the world who are at the beginning of their careers in electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment. It provides the opportunity for young professionals to observe IEC management and technical meetings, participate in interactive breakout sessions, and network with peers, experts, and IEC leadership.
"I look forward to being a part of the next generation of professionals in the electrotechnical industry and helping to shape the future of the global standards-setting community as an IEC Young Professional.” - Grace Callahan, UL Standards & Engagement
According to the USNC, Grace and the other participants were selected based on their demonstrated dedication in connection with standardization and/or conformity assessment activities; their vision of the larger commercial and strategic impact of standards and conformance work; and their accomplishments in their chosen field of activity.
"Once again we were thrilled to have such an outstanding lineup of professionals this year," said Tony Zertuche, ANSI director, International Policy, and General Secretary of the USNC/IEC. "On behalf of the USNC, I am pleased and delighted to announce that these top achievers have been selected to participate in the IEC Young Professionals 2022 Workshop."
“I am very excited to have been selected to join the IEC Young Professionals Program,” Callahan said. “Attending the 2022 Young Professionals Workshop will allow me to expand my knowledge of IEC processes and procedures, collaborate with other young and emerging professionals, and advance my career in standardization. I look forward to being a part of the next generation of professionals in the electrotechnical industry and helping to shape the future of the global standards-setting community as an IEC Young Professional.”
In 2021, Engineer Project Associate Chris Schmid was selected to participate in the workshop, which was held in conjunction with the 85th IEC General Meeting (GM) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Due to the challenging conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the workshop was held in a hybrid format, with some participants, including Chris, attending virtually. Read more about Chris’s experience in his article, “The 2021 IEC Young Professionals Workshop: Reflections on a Unique Experience,” published in the Spring 2022 issue of the USNC Current.