The U.S. National Committee (USNC) to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is seeking nominations for young professionals at the start of their electrotechnology careers to participate in the Young Professionals 2012 Workshop, to be held in conjunction with the 76th IEC General Meeting (GM) in Oslo, Norway, on October 1-5, 2012.

The Young Professionals Workshop brings together international candidates selected from IEC National Committees around the globe who are at the start of their careers in electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment. The program aims to cultivate long-term national involvement in the international arena, strengthen the future of technology transfer, and encourage the participation of young professionals in shaping the future of standardization and conformance. Ninety-one percent of last year's participants reported interest in becoming more involved in IEC work as a result of the workshop.

Alongside recipients from other nations, the three young professionals selected to represent the U.S. at the IEC 2012 General Meeting in Oslo will attend a dedicated workshop where they will learn more about the IEC, standardization strategies, and conformity assessment. They will also have the opportunity to attend technical meetings where standards are developed, observe meetings of the IEC Standardization Management Board and the IEC Conformity Assessment Board, and benefit from extensive networking opportunities in an international setting. Recipients will be financially supported for their travel and up to three nights of accommodation.

U.S. stakeholders are encouraged to nominate young professionals involved in standardization from industry, government, academia, consumer organizations, or any entity within the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment community that uses, benefits from, or contributes to the IEC's work in electrotechnical standardization and conformance. Nominations must be submitted Charlie Zegers, general secretary of the USNC (czegers@ansi.org) by April 30, 2012. For more information, go to ansi.org.