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News release – 2018 Number 10

Technology leaders recognized for outstanding contributions

2018 Thomas A. Edison Awards for exceptional achievement


Geneva, Switzerland, 2018-10-22 The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) has paid 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.


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At the 82nd IEC General Meeting in Busan, Republic of Korea, the following persons were presented with the 2018 Thomas A. Edison Award:

• Thorsten Arnhold, Chair IECEx

• George Kelly, Secretary TC 82: Solar photovoltaic energy systems

• Shigeyuki Kondo, Vice-Chair IECEE

• Gerard Kuyt, Chair SC 86A: Fibres and cables

• Dejun Ma, Vice-Chair TC 61: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances, and Vice-Chair SyC Active assisted living (AAL)

• Hiroyuki Ohsaki, Chair TC 77: Electromagnetic compatibility

• Hiroaki Sugiura, Technical Area Manager TC 100/TA 2: Colour measurement and management


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.


Thorsten Arnhold, Chair IECEx Since 2014

Thorsten Arnhold has taken the responsibilities and duties of his role as IECEx Chair with a very dynamic, hands-on approach. IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, has seen continued and sustained annual growth that re-enforces IECEx as “world best practice” for testing and certification in the highly specialized field of explosion protection, a position endorsed by many other organizations including the United Nations through the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Under his leadership, existing IECEx services were developed and new ones put in place, such as the IECEx Recognized Training Provider Programme that underpins the IECEx certified persons scheme. IECEx has also integrated the new series of International Standards covering non-electrical Ex equipment, prepared by IEC Subcommittee (SC) 31M: Non-electrical equipment and protective systems for explosive atmospheres. As a result, IECEx now provides certification of non-electrical equipment, systems and components. Thorsten Arnhold is also well known in standardization through his long-standing involvement in IEC TC 31: Equipment for explosive atmospheres work where his technical expertise is respected and valued.


George Kelly, Secretary TC 82

George Kelly has repeatedly proven to be an excellent secretary to IEC TC 82: Solar photovoltaic energy systems. He has actively contributed to TC 82 meetings, has been a helpful resource in the numerous exchanges within standardization project teams and an effective representative of TC 82 in other bodies such as IEC TC 64: Electrical installations and protection against electric shock, IECRE, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications, or ISO/TC 160. As IEC TC 82 has many contributing participants with a wide spectrum of backgrounds, and due to rapid technology development in the field of photovoltaics, the work load of this committee is very high. George’s knowledge, his inclusive manner, and timely guidance on IEC processes and procedures, has been particularly beneficial on numerous occasions. So, George brought much more structure to IEC TC 82 work and was instrumental in improving the quality of Standards. He is a great enabler in calming down conflicts and finding solutions, and therefore the main driver of IEC TC 82 work and success in the last years.


Shigeyuki Kondo, Vice-Chair IECEE

Shigeyuki Kondo has served for the past five years as Vice-Chair of the Certification Management Committee (CMC) of IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, and concurrently as Convenor of CMC Working Group (WG) 10: Maintenance of the IECEE rules and operational documents. His achievement during his term of office as Vice-Chair of the CMC, apart from supporting the CMC Chair, was to help establish the conformity assessment infrastructures of national certification bodies and test laboratories in ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to enable IECEE CA services in the region. As Vice-Chair of IECEE CMC and as a long-standing expert within the Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA), he has taken every opportunity to visit ASEAN members’ national certification bodies and test laboratories; to be invited as a lecturer to ASEAN training seminars held in Japan; and to educate and instruct ASEAN experts on how to cope with IECEE principles and requirements. Consequently, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam are now present in certain IECEE product categories. Another outstanding achievement to his credit was the transition from the old IECEE rules to the Harmonized Basic Rules approved by CAB, which he led as Convenor of CMC WG 10.


Gerard Kuyt, Chair SC 86A

Gerard Kuyt has over 43 years of experience and leadership in fibre optic telecommunication, in particular fibre production and qualification, product development and marketing. As Convenor of IEC SC 86A/WG 1: Fibres and associated measuring methods, of which he had been a member since 1989, he was responsible for over 50 publications and numerous ongoing projects between 2004 and 2017. Thanks to his leadership as Liaison Officer between ITU-T SG15 and IEC SC 86A, also since 1989, the relationship between IEC TC 86 and ITU-T remained open and collaborative for the many years he has held this position. As Chair of IEC SC 86A: Fibres and cables, since 2009, he has successfully promoted the activities of the IEC in the areas of optical fibre and cable, overseen new and maintenance work in those areas, and used his vast knowledge and experience to assist those who actively develop new work in his subcommittee and across IEC TC 86: Fibre optics. His contributions to the team of officers in the TC have significantly impacted its decisions and organization, and he has used his extensive experience to help achieve consensus over contentious issues.


Dejun Ma, Vice-Chair TC 61& Vice-Chair SyC AAL

Mr Dejun Ma has been involved in IEC standardization work for nearly 30 years. His first attendance was in an IEC TC 61: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances, meeting on behalf of China in 1990. Since 1992, he has participated in the work of IEC TC 61 and IEC TC 59: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances, as chief representative of China, making great contributions to the efficient integration of China's household appliance industry into IEC, the active participation of developing countries in international standardization work, and promoting the international standardization of new industries such as robotics, smart home, etc. His years of unremitting efforts have yielded remarkable results. More and more delegates from developing countries are now attending meetings and related activities of TC 61. At his suggestion, TC 61 intends to adopt a new model for standardization aid in developing countries, thereby making it more targeted and time-sensitive. As Vice-Chair of the Systems Committee on active assisted living (SyC AAL), he proposed the establishment of a smart home working group, which eventually results in the establishment of WG 5 on AAL in the connected home environment, of which he is the Convenor. He is also Convenor of WG 4 on regulatory affairs, responsible for conducting research on AAL's global laws and regulations.


Hiroyuki Ohsaki, Chair TC 77

Hiroyuki Ohsaki has served as Chair of IEC TC 77: Electromagnetic compatibility, for about seven years, making excellent contributions to the committee’s operations and management. Since his appointment as Chair, he has supervised the development of eight TC 77 deliverables. Hiroyuki Ohsaki has set up the TC Chair's Advisory Group (CAG) to ensure smooth communication and discussions on common issues within the Committee and its Subcommittees. He has played a key role in coordinating the standardization activities in challenging fields of EMC dealing with low and high frequency electromagnetic phenomena and high power transient phenomena, in cooperation with CISPR, the international special committee on radio interference, for general application and use by product committees and the electrical industry. He served as an ex-officio member of the Advisory Committee on electromagnetic compatibility (ACEC) representing IEC TC 77 for about seven years, three of which as ACEC Vice-Chair. He has proactively promoted IEC Young Professionals Programme on EMC and created the webpage and questionnaires for the Young Professionals who are interested in EMC.


Hiroaki Sugiura, Technical Area Manager 100/TA 2

For more than 20 years, Hiroaki Sugiura has brought his expertise in the field of colour management and measurement to IEC TC 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, and has led the publications of more than 20 International Standards. He has served as Technical Area Manager for TC 100/TA 2: Colour measurement and management, since 2008. Among others, he has led the international standardization of sRGB which is used in almost all of the visual products in the world such as display monitors, projectors, digital cameras, printers and more. He also played an important role in the standardization of opRGB, used mainly for professional digital still cameras and of xvYCC, which is referred to in MPEG and HDMI International Standards. He has developed and commercialized many products to which the Standards apply, for example the world’s first LCD monitor compliant with sRGB, the world’s first LCD projector based on sRGB and the world’s first Laser TV – ultra wide colour gamut in conformity with xvYCC.

About IEC

The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes globally relevant International Standards for all electric and electronic devices and systems. It brings together 171 countries; 86 are Members (National Committees) and 85 are Affiliates, developing countries that benefit from IEC work without the burden of membership.

Together they represent more than 99% of the world population and world electricity generation. More than 20 000 experts cooperate on the global IEC platform and many more in each member country.

They ensure that products work everywhere safely and efficiently with each other. The IEC also supports all forms of conformity assessment and administers four Conformity Assessment Systems that certify that components, equipment and systems used in homes, offices, healthcare facilities, public spaces, transportation, manufacturing, explosive environments and during energy generation conform to them.

IEC work covers a vast range of technologies: power generation (including all renewable energy sources), transmission, distribution, smart grid & smart cities, batteries, home appliances, office and medical equipment, all public and private transportation, semiconductors, fibre optics, nanotechnology, multimedia, information technology, and more. It also addresses safety, EMC, performance and the environment.


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