International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

News release – 2017 Number 16

Outstanding contributions of 7 technology leaders recognized

2017 Thomas A. Edison Awards for exceptional achievement


Geneva, Switzerland, 2017-10-04 The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) will be paying tribute to the dedication and work of seven leaders of the IEC family who, through their outstanding commitment and expertise, have contributed to making products and electrical systems safer, more energy efficient and more compatible.



At the 81st IEC General Meeting in Vladivostok, the following persons will be presented with the 2017 Thomas A. Edison Award:

  • Mr Joe Gryn, Chair of the IECEE PAC
  • Mr Kyung-Tae Kang, Secretary TC 119
  • Mr Joseph Musso, Secretary TC 72
  • Mr Fumio Ueno, Chair TC 105
  • Mr Uberto Vercellotti, Past Chair TC 89
  • Mr Alexander Zalogin, Vice-Chair of the IECEx
  • Mr Peter Zwanziger, Past Chair TC 22

The Thomas A. Edison Award was established in the spirit of Thomas Alva Edison, 1847-1931, one of the greatest inventors in history. Edison developed a system of electric power generation and distribution which was a major break-through in the modern industrialized world. His over 1’000 patents included improving the incandescent lamp, film projection and sound recording, which still have an impact on our daily lives. “Genius is 1 % inspiration and 99 % perspiration” is one of Edison’s most famous quotes.


Joe Gryn, Chair IECEE Peer Assessment Committee
Joe Gryn has been involved in IEC conformity assessment work in the CAB (Conformity Assessment Board) and in IECEE and IECEx for over 20 years, serving as Member, Chair, Vice-Chair or Convenor of a number of committees and working groups. Joe Gryn has been an active contributor both at the strategic and operational levels and has directly impacted the development and growth of the IEC Conformity Assessment (CA) Systems and in particular of IECEE. He is a frequent speaker at international seminars and workshops, where he promotes the role of the IEC and CA Systems in international trade.


Kyung-Tae Kang, Secretary TC 119
As Secretary of TC 119, Kyung-Tae Kang has been instrumental in the establishment of five important International Standards and one Technical Report to help advance the usability, safety and performance of printed electronics.  Although a relatively new technology, printed electronics has already proven a disruptive, yet creative process that allows the production of new low-cost electronic devices. It is transforming the electronics industry and many other domains. For many wearable devices, printed electronics provide much needed flexibility. The IoT (Internet of Things) is a good example of a cluster of technologies that is attracting widespread industrial interest and printed electronics represent a substantial enabling opportunity for a number of application areas.


Joseph Musso, Secretary TC 72
An increasing number of connected appliances are controlled from a distance using ever smaller electronic controls.  They open and shut blinds, windows and vents to control temperature. They also operate fans, dampers, valves and pumps so that water or air can flow in heating and cooling systems. Their operation is triggered by timers or sensors that react to light, temperature or humidity levels. A key requirement is that these controls operate when called for and do so securely without the danger of being hacked.

Joseph Musso has fundamentally transformed the way in which TC 72 operates and delivers its important work. With his calm and professional demeanour he has facilitated communication with other technical committees, ensuring cooperation and balancing country participation and influence in standardization work.


Fumio Ueno, Chair TC 105
As the Chair of TC 105, Fumio Ueno has led the standardization of fuel cells and related technologies and contributed significantly to the advancement of the technology. Fumio Ueno has successfully overseen the development of important Standards that facilitate fuel cell product commercialization and market penetration by closely interacting with the market as the technology evolved from the lab to the real world. One of his most remarkable achievements was the negotiation with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to allow methanol fuel inside passenger cabins. This resulted in a platform for micro fuel cells in commercial products. Fumio Ueno also served as the convenor of the first Systems Evaluation Group in the IEC dedicated to smart cities and is now the Chair of the recently founded Systems Committee on smart cities.


Uberto Vercellotti, Past Chair TC 89
Fire safety is a concern in every geographical region. TC 89 establishes global methods and guidance for assessing fire hazards in electrical and electronic products. The aim is to prevent ignition caused by electrically energized components and confine fires within the bounds of the enclosure. Uberto Vercelloti served as Chair of TC 89 for 12 years. With his cooperative and consensus oriented leadership style he helped create widespread awareness and recognition for the safety topic of “fire hazard testing”. By restructuring the set-up of the TC, Uberto Vercellotti increased its efficiency, quality and speed of work. He also encouraged the participation of young talents and actively supported participation of new countries and emerging economies.


Alexander Zalogin, Vice-Chair of IECEx
Vice-Chair and member of the IECEx Executive, Alexander Zalogin has gained the respect and support of the International Ex community worldwide for his supportive and active leadership role. He has extensively contributed to the significant growth of the IECEx System. and its recognition by the United Nations through UNECE as the world’s “best practice” model for testing and certification of all aspects of Ex equipment, components, assemblies, services and the competence of persons working in this area. His personal engagement also led to the introduction of a standardized approach to the certification of Ex assemblies, now subject of a new IEC TC 31 Standard. This award also recognizes Alexander Zalogin’s overall long-term commitment and dedication to the IEC.


Peter Zwanziger, Past Chair TC 22
TC 22 International Standards are essential for the safety and proper functioning of electronic power convertor systems and equipment used in energy generation from solar, wind, tidal, wave, fuel cell and similar energy sources. Market size for power electronic converters is estimated at around USD 100 billion. During his tenure, Peter Zwanziger modernized the management structure of the TC and significantly improved collaboration between its subcommittees using modern communication and meeting tools. He continuously adapted the scope of TC 22 to satisfy new technology and energy efficiency needs. Peter Zwanziger also improved the efficiency of collaboration with other TCs, encouraging open, fact-based discussions. He actively participated in the Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency (ACEE), contributing to an important guide on energy efficiency.


About the Thomas Edison Award
Created in 2010, the Thomas A. Edison Award recognizes exceptional achievement (within the past five years), dedicated service and significant contributions to the IEC through the effective management of committees of  TC/SC Officers (Chair, Secretary or Assistant Secretary of a technical committee or subcommittee) and officers of the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems and their subsidiary bodies.


The IEC Thomas A. Edison Award is presented by the Chair of the SMB (Standardization Management Board) or CAB, at the meeting held in conjunction with the IEC General Meeting, or on another suitable occasion.


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News release 2017-10-04

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