This piece was originally published in the September 2017 issue of electroindustry.
Luiza Kowalczyk, senior manager at the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of NEMA, has been selected as a 2017 International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Young Professional. She will attend the 81st IEC General Meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, in October.
Ms. Kowalczyk is one of three winners selected to represent the United States. The competition was held by the U.S. National Committee of the IEC, which received a record number of submissions this year.
According to MITA Executive Director Patrick Hope, Ms. Kowalczyk is a contributor, leader, and problem solver.
“This award appropriately recognizes Luiza for her hard work, dedication, and commitment to standards development,” he said. “I look forward to continuing to watch her grow in her career and am confident that she will be a leader in shaping standardization and conformance in the future.”
Ms. Kowalczyk joined MITA in 2014 and quickly gained significant operational experience by serving as the secretary for multiple working groups and standards committees within the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM), the international multi-stakeholder organization for the standardization of the handling, storing, printing, and transmitting of information in medical imaging. NEMA/MITA serves as the secretariat for DICOM.
In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations of DICOM committees, Ms. Kowalczyk organized two educational conferences promoting DICOM and the standard in China and Korea. As a result, Korean PACS Standards Committee and Chinese Center for Medical Device Standardization Administration joined as members of the DICOM Standards Committee.
Walter Zoller, Global Product Standards and Regulation, Rockwell Automation, a NEMA Member company, was also named as a Young Professional, as was Eric Franta, who works at the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
The IEC Young Professionals Program was developed as a way for the IEC and its national committees to identify the younger generation of experts, managers, and leaders and encourage their long-term participation in standardization and conformity assessment activities. This enables the commission to maintain its focus on responding to market needs on a long-term basis. Participants are generally engineers or managers in their 20s to mid-30s, working in an industry or business relevant to the IEC, and with experience in standards development or conformity assessment