NEMA's Ryan Franks selected as 2014 IEC Young Professional.

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Ryan Franks, NEMA Energy Storage Technical Manager, was one of three people selected by International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as 2014 IEC Young Professional. He will participate in IEC Young Professionals 2014 Workshop in Tokyo, Japan this November. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis praised Ryan's "ability to effectively lead groups to identify and accomplish their objectives," emphasizing rarity of finding young individuals with technical training, talent, and focus.

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NEMA's Ryan Franks Selected as 2014 IEC Young Professional

ROSSLYN, Va.—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is pleased to announce that Ryan Franks, NEMA Energy Storage Technical Manager, has been selected by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as a 2014 IEC Young Professional. Franks was one of three selected, and will participate in the IEC Young Professionals 2014 Workshop in Tokyo, Japan, this November.

“What separates Ryan from the crowd is his ability to effectively lead groups to identify and accomplish their objectives. It is very rare to find a young individual with technical training plus the talent to focus on important issues and complete the project,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “Ryan is truly representative of the kind of individual the IEC is trying to attract to the field of international standards through the Young Professionals program.”

“NEMA is very proud that one of its own has been selected to the IEC Young Professionals program and will have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience with the IEC process at the 2014 General Meeting in Tokyo, Japan,” said NEMA Senior Vice President of Operations Ric Talley, PhD. “We believe this selection provides further recognition of Ryan’s broad spectrum of work.”

Franks’ participation in the industry includes efforts to shepherd the activities of U.S. participation in IEC TC20 Electric Cables and TC120 Electrical Energy Storage Systems, along with NEMA efforts concerning personnel protection equipment, and wires and cables. He also coordinates activities related to energy storage and microgrids within NEMA and other organizations.

Also selected as a 2014 IEC Young Professional is Carin Stuart of Energizer Holdings, Inc., a NEMA member company. Stuart is an active expert in IEC SC21A, TC35, and TC100; and previously was a member of IEC TC105. She works in the regulatory affairs area for Energizer covering safety, standards, technical marketing, and environmental affairs. She is Energizer’s alternate representative to the NEMA Dry Battery Section.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceeds $100 billion annually.

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