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IEC Young Professionals Programme


Young Professional Leaders

Marie Caroline Ehrhard

Marie Caroline Ehrhard (France)


Marie works for EDF, the French utility company, as an Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Engineer. She has been with the company since 2009 after completing a graduate engineering school diploma and an MSc in environmental systems engineering. Her job focuses on the development of new nuclear production plants, more specifically the licensing of its I&C systems and architecture. As part of her activities she uses IEC / SC 45A standards to evaluate suppliers’ systems and solutions and as a basis for dialogue with national safety bodies. IEC I&C standards represent the recognized state of the art and are therefore a crucial source of commonly accepted methods and goals. Marie is also involved in several professional networks and in volunteer work with under privileged children.


Frens Jan Rumph

Frens Jan Rumph (The Netherlands)


Frens Jan works as a researcher and consultant in the field of Smart Grids at TNO and has a background in computer science. His main expertise is in information modeling, algorithm and protocol development for ICT, intensive service delivery architectures and service enabling technologies. The application area he performs his research in includes demand and supply management systems, new energy services as well as their operation and management. He also uses his research in aiding governments, energy suppliers, energy services providers and grid operators in development of products, services and related regulations. Furthermore, he participates in national and international standardization of communication and information specifications for Smart Grids and Electric Mobility. He is a member of the Dutch national mirror committees of IEC TC 57 and TC 69 and also of the ‘reference architecture’ working group of CEN, CENELEC and ETSI’s Smart Grids Coordination Group.

Manyphay Souvannarath

Manyphay Souvannarath (United States of America)


Manyphay Souvannarath started her career at a local utility in Michigan after receiving her Bachelors in Biochemistry and Computer Science. At the utility she served as the Environmental Specialist, Internet Technology Specialist, Programmer/Analyst and finally as the Information Technology Applications Manager. Her eight years of service included network management, software development, database design and implementation, system and business analyst, and resource management. In 2010 she joined GE Energy as the Senior Systems Engineer within the Systems Engineering group. Her role in this position included systems engineering lead and architect for various Smart Grid projects. She was then promoted to Senior System Analyst within the GE GridIQ™ software as a service team. She also serves on the board for the INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) Atlanta Chapter. She has recently completed her MBA at Grand Valley State University and continues on the path of continuous improvement and learning.