BoG Nominations 2017

Candidate nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 IEEE annual elections for Member-at-Large positions on the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES) Board of Governors (BoG), for a three year term beginning January 1, 2018.

Candidates should possess professional stature and significant technical skills in product safety and compliance engineering. They must have adequate financial support outside the Society and have the approval of their organizations or employers to actively participate in the Board meetings and contribute to its activities. Duties include attending one face to face meeting per year (typically held along with the ISPCE), as well as our monthly BoG teleconferences. In addition, members are expected to actively participate in BoG committees.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be full, higher grade members (i.e., excluding those of students and affiliates) of the IEEE and members of the PSES in good standing (i.e., dues paid).

Elected Directors will be expected to serve a three-year term commencing January 1, 2018. Attendance at the last meeting of the 2017 year is also encouraged. No member can serve more than two (2) consecutive three-year terms, including partial terms.

Nominations for candidates who are interested and willing to serve shall be submitted to the Nominating Committee using the BoG Candidate Nomination Form, including the following material for inclusion in the ballot:

  • Personal biography – Technical and Professional Experience, not to exceed 125 words in length, intended to round out the profile of the Nominee’s experience outside the IEEE and PSES activities.
  • Factual summary of IEEE/PSES Activities, not to exceed 150 words in length, intended to summarize your current and past service to the IEEE and the PSES.
  • A candidate photograph taken no earlier than 1 August 2016. A digital photograph can be submitted electronically in either TIF or high-quality JPEG format. The photo should be the original digital file, 300 dots per inch (dpi) resolution.
  • Statement of candidacy, not to exceed 150 words in length

A Microsoft Word template for the BoG Candidate Nomination Form  is available on line, on the PSES web site.

Please submit the elections material, including the BoG Candidate Nomination Form with digital photograph to the Nominating Committee Chair: Kevin Ravo, e-mail:

Qualifying nominations and all supporting documentation must be provided to the N&A Committee no later than May 30, 2017 to be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Ravo or any other member of the PSES Board of Governors

2017 Sections Congress

IEEE Sections Congress

The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board will partner to host IEEE Sections Congress 2017 (SC2017), August 11 through 13 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia.

Titled: “Brilliant Minds, Bright Futures,” IEEE Sections Congress 2017 convenes every three years and gathers IEEE leadership to network, train and mentor with peers or Section leaders to develop recommendations and strategies that guide the future of IEEE.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.  The organization is a world-renowned thought leader and voice in engineering, computing and technology information for the global market. With an active portfolio of nearly 1,300 standards and projects under development, IEEE is a leading creator of industry standards covering a range of technologies that drive the functionality, capabilities and interoperability of products and services. IEEE is organized into local Sections within geographic regions and also includes Societies, Chapters, Student Branches and Affinity Groups.

View the schedule via the SC2017 App.

A primary delegate to the gathering is a member designated by the Section Executive Committee to represent the Section at Sections Congress. It is the opportunity for IEEE representatives from all over the world to participate in an event that provides them with the tools and training to assist their unit in focusing their activities on benefits to members while increasing participation in IEEE activities.

Attendees of IEEE Sections Congress 2017 come from more than 165 countries to hear dozens of speakers and attend vital networking sessions on technology, standards, product safety, regulatory engineering, certification and compliance. Some 50 exhibitors are currently registered for the event.

IEEE Sections Congress 2017 will include free access to Wi-Fi and the availability of the SC2017 mobile application or website to view the program schedule, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors. They can also connect with other attendees and interact via social media during the event.

Registration for the event is now open and exhibit space is also available.

ISPCE 2017

The IEEE-Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES) will participate in the upcoming IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering, ISPCE 2017, May 8 through 10 in San Jose, Calif.

Created with the mission of providing a forum for product safety design engineers to discuss forward-thinking technology trends and technical developments, the ISPCE IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering will include some 70 topics by colleagues and subject matter experts from across the country and around the globe.

ISPCE 2017 brings together thought leaders who share insights on a variety of pertinent topics, from product safety and certification to regulatory compliance in product development and design engineering. The program has been set, and there’s substance throughout the Symposium, including keynote addresses, networking events and even a robotics demonstration by the Monta Vista Robotics Team, a group of over 130 students from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, Calif.

Keynote speaker

ISPCE’s keynote session will be presented by Barry L. Shoop, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During his 20 years at West Point he has served in a number of key leadership positions including Director of the Photonics Research Center and Director of the Electrical Engineering Program.

Shoop will speak on “Disruptive Innovations,” focusing on new technologies entering the industry and why well managed companies can fail when they don’t address sea change. “They often fail because the very management practices that have allowed them to become industry leaders also make it extremely difficult for them to recognize and develop the disruptive technologies that ultimately capture their markets.” He advocates the process by which companies learn to recognize disruptive technologies and develop a company culture that provides a structure to identify and embrace these trends.

Program session break outs include deep-dive subjects in wireless networking; information security and the smart grid; local and global compliance and engineering; product liability case study; improving time to market; electrical product safety; outsourcing product certification management; the internet of Things; and many others.  For the complete line up, download the Symposium schedule here.

Can it Be Made?

You Designed a Good Product—Can It Be Made?

For every product that engineers create, there are two creative forging processes. The first is the leap of creativity and imagination that generates the idea for the product itself. Perhaps the product springs from a genuine gap and need—the “mother of invention” moment—or perhaps the product is a leap forward in innovation from some imperfect version already on the market.

The second forging process is the engineering or manufacturing process. Many projects that spring from the imagination hit the skids at this point. That’s because there is a gulf between our thinking and the reality of making an idea fully functional. There’s yet another gulf between producing something on a small scale and producing it consistently on a larger scale. Consider, for instance, what might be necessary in terms of materials, logistics, and supply chain to produce a large-scale run of a product for international shipment and sale. Furthermore, a product will also need to meet safety and compliance standards, often for ease of entry into domestic or foreign markets.

The first step, once you’ve designed a product, is to create a prototype. Creating a prototype, even from materials readily available to you at the moment rather than final production materials, lets you identify any flaws in your thinking. A prototype will also let you experiment with the ideal materials to use in your product as well as help you better describe your product to others—colleagues at work, potential collaborators, and even potential project investors.

Prototypes—and the next iteration, called a pre-production prototype—can also help you explore other considerations for actually producing your product. After all, an inspired idea and good design are two entirely different processes.

Using your professional expertise as well as the resources and connections you can tap with membership in IEEE’s Product Safety and Engineering Society, for example, you might explore the following considerations:

  • What compliance and product safety certifications might be necessary to bring my product to market?
  • Are my components all appropriate? Just because they’re UL, doesn’t mean the system will pass.
  • What documentation does the NRTL Need?
  • What tests are going to be required?
  • IEEE PSES has a compliance 101 Track at ISPCE ’17. Click here for more info.

IEEE Product Safety and Engineering Society membership affords a range of opportunities for product engineers, designers, and inventors to further their ideas and product design feasibility stages. With access to timely information and research on technology, PSES members stay current on what’s new and upcoming in their fields of interest. Society-sponsored events and chapter meetings offer opportunities for members to connect with each other and discuss professional and passion projects. Such connections can lead to collaboration and mentorship—invaluable benefits for those seeking to bring new ideas into the world.

Whatever your goal or ideas may be, you’ll find they’re strengthened by active membership and professional connections with membership in IEEE’s Product Safety and Engineering Society.

Compliance 101:

  • What is the potential market for my product?
  • What are my product’s direct and indirect competitors, if any?
  • Can my product be manufactured? If so, in what country should it be manufactured?
  • Can my product be produced consistently? Are there design flaws that should be addressed or corrected? Are there roadblocks or bottlenecks in the manufacturing process?
  • What are the potential costs and investment required in manufacturing my product and bringing it to market?
  • What are the product safety considerations in manufacturing my product, and in end consumer use?




Watch Your Step: An Acronym Minefield

Watch Your Step: An Acronym Minefield

Manufacturing and consumption drive the global economy. Yet, with billions of products on the market, how can consumers have confidence in the safety of the products they purchase?

Laws here and abroad mandate product safety compliance testing for a wide range of consumer products. To comply, manufacturers and importers must certify products with a written or electronic compliance certificate. Certifications must accompany the product. Often a copy must be provided to retailers, product distributors, the government, and (occasionally) to the end consumer.

There are several different types of respected international certifications for product safety for items manufactured around the world. These marks are intended to provide safety and quality assurance to end consumers and, in some cases, to ease entry of goods into certain markets.

product-safety-engineering CE

The CE mark refers to the French “Conformité Européene.” CE marking on a product is a manufacturer’s declaration that the product is in compliance with essential requirements of relevant European health, safety, and environmental protection legislation. With the CE mark, government officials know the product may be legally placed on the marked in a specific country. The mark also means the product may move freely through EFTA and European Union markets. Non-conforming products are subject to removal by customs officials or other compliance officials within a country.



Canada’s CSA International provides product testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas, and a variety of other products. CSA’s mark is recognized internationally and appears on billions of products. The CSA international certification mark indicates that a product, process, or service has been tested to a Canadian or US standard and meets compliance standards. Like the CE mark and others, the CSA mark is intended to provide quality and safety assurance.



Intertek’s ETL Mark proves product compliance to North American safety standards. The ETL Mark is the fastest-growing safety certification in North America. US and Canadian officials accept the mark as proof of product compliance. For retail buyers, the mark assures product safety and compliance and brings peace of mind.



Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of experience in product safety testing and innovation. Dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments, UL helps safeguard people, products and places in important ways, facilitating trade and providing peace of mind. A UL Listing means that the company has tested representative samples of a specific product and determined that the product meets UL requirements for consumer safety. These stringent requirements are primarily based on UL’s nationally recognized Standards for Safety.


Want to expand your knowledge of product safety compliance, developments in technology, and the future of the field? Connect with a global community of fellow professionals by joining IEEE’s Product Safety and Engineering Society. When you do, you’ll reap the benefits of access to publications, opportunities for leadership, and chances to network.

Resolve to Get Involved

Resolve to Get Involved

A new year primes us for making positive change in the months ahead. It often drives renewed energy and an open mind. This year, consider prioritizing your professional growth and network through membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Product Safety and Engineering Society (PSES).

A global community focused on product safety and regulatory engineering, the IEEE Product Safety and Engineering Society includes thousands of members worldwide in the medical, scientific, engineering, industrial, commercial and residential sectors. With access to an online community and opportunities to connect at Society-sponsored events, the PSES offers both established and future professionals valuable resources and connections. Those include, among others:

#1: Access to timely information on product design and safety, engineering, and technology.

Stay ahead of the curve in the safety and technology developments that affect your projects now as well as the future of your work. Whether you’re building your career, sharpening your imagination, or deepening your technical knowledge for sales presentations, IEEE’s technical journals, research, and publications offer a wealth of current information on developments in product safety engineering as well as cutting-edge news in equipment and device development.

#2: Grow your network with Society-sponsored activities and events.

Membership provides opportunities to connect with others in the field through the annual IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (ISPCE) as well as other Society-sponsored events, Section activities, and meetings organized by local chapters.

#3: Invest in your career development.

Connect with others as passionate about work and career as you are. With information, professional development opportunities, and the connections offered through an online and in-person community, you’ll have a “think tank” of like-minded engineering and product safety professionals. Exchange ideas and new solutions, seek collaboration, and grow your knowledge base.

#4: Burnish your professional credentials.

Professional membership can establish or reinforce your professional credentials, whatever your goal—from growing your sales prospects to helping your resume stand out from the crowd.

#5: Grow your leadership capacity.

Making the most of your PSES membership, from coordinating local events to establishing thought leadership, helps you cultivate your own leadership experience. In turn, you’ll see the benefits in your career growth, now and in future.

This year, resolve to get involved as an IEEE Product Safety and Engineering Society member. When you do, you’ll expand your network, grow your technical knowledge, and push your professional horizons.