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SES Emerging Professionals Award


This award is authorized by the Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of the Awards Committee, to recognize dedication to the profession and emerging leadership qualities in the field as perceived by his/her peers, through:

  • Article authorships, presentations, and/or panel participation promoting good standardization practices; and
  • Promotion of the standards profession by creating awareness and supporting professional certification.

Nominations are considered on an annual basis.  Only individuals who have been a standards professional for seven years or less, and are current members of SES in good standing are eligible for nomination.


SES Emerging Professional Award Recipients

2019 Recipient: Muhammad Ali

Ali has been involved with standardization and conformity assessment activities for last six years. At NEMA, he is the Technical Program Manager for 8 Technical Committees and 23 Task Forces and Sub-committees responsible for the maintenance of over 20 NEMA and/or ANSI standards. Within International and Regional standards activities, he has demonstrated leadership by assuming the roles of the secretary for 14 CANENA Technical Harmonization Committees, 16 USNC TAGs, and IEC Secretary for two Sub committees, and experts on one IEC Project Team and on one Maintenance Team. Ali is also serving on the Standards Engineering Society as a Board Member and is an associate standard professional (AStd) by SES. He is also a recipient of 2018 ANSI Emerging Young Professional Award.
Mr. Ali holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University. From the start of his career, he has been involved with Standards and Conformity Assessment activities as an EMC and Battery test engineer working for the first NRTL Laboratory. He has also worked for a manufacturing company serving as the Global Compliance Officer responsible for managing the Safety, EMC and Environmental certifications for all products in the business unit. At present, working for a leading trade association like NEMA has allowed him to demonstrate leadership in managing the Standards work and also utilize his technical knowledge to assist industry in developing consensus based standards. Ali led the NEMA 2018 Strategic Initiative on NEMA IoT NOW Webinars educating the industry on emerging topics in the connectivity world that will allow decision makers in those companies to swiftly transition into the era of Digitization and Electrification.


2019 Recipient:Gillian Wintonic

Gillian Wintonic is a standard’s professional with expertise in consensus building, collaboration, and project management. Gillian joined ULC Standards in 2013 as a Project Manager, where for the past five years has demonstrated growth as a leader and has developed continually progressive responsibilities through the course of her standardization work.

Gillian consistently demonstrates leadership and the ability for growth potential. Gillian serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Standards Professionals (SES) in the capacity of Society Officer position of Secretary. Gillian has progressively emerged as a leader in development of Standard’s related policy for Canada and the US, providing advice for stakeholders, SDOs, and accreditors. She currently serves as Member on the SCC’s Standards Development Organizations Advisory Committee (SDOAC) where she promotes cooperation and communications between ULC Standards, Standards Council of Canada, American National Standards Institute, and the accredited standards development organizations.

As a Young Professional in the field of standards development, Gillian is the voice and face of the qualities that embody the future of the profession. Her passion, strategic focus, and humility serves as an exemplary standards professional for other emerging professionals interested in joining the field of standardization.

Nomination Procedure: 

For each nomination, include individual name, organization, and contact information. Also, provide a supporting statement of 350 words or less stating the achievements in support of the nomination.

Using the nomination form as a guide, you can submit qualified nominations in one of three ways: 

Email: SES Executive Director

Telephone: 1 309-716-6504

Mike Morrell
Executive Director
SES - The Society for Standards Professionals
1950 Lafayette Road
Suite 200
Portsmouth, NH 03801