Mark A. Swihart has been nominated Chair of IEC Technical Committee 51: Magnetic components, ferrite and magnetic powder materials, until March 2024.
The TC prepares standards relating to parts and components displaying magnetic properties and intended for electronics in a wide range of application areas, including telecommunications, computers, automotive, audio, video, lighting, solar and wind power systems, etc…
A Pennsylvania State University graduate in electrical engineering and a Phoenix University post-graduate in technology management, Swihart worked in industry for 31 years and is currently a vice-president of technology and product development at Magnetics, a supplier of precision soft magnetic components and materials to the electronics industry. His involvement with the IEC began in 2001, when he started attending working group (WG) meetings in TC 51.
He was the convenor of WG 9 which prepares standards for inductive components and also led TC 51 from 2010 to 2014.
According to Swihart, in those four years since he was Chair, the industry has moved on rapidly. “The magnetics materials industry is constantly shifting. What is encouraging is that the Japanese National Committee (NC) continues to strongly support TC 51 with a highly effective secretariat and active mirror working groups and the Chinese NC has stepped up their level of support. This reflects how the centre of gravity for the industry has shifted from Europe and the US to Asia and China in particular.”
For Swihart, it is important that a committed small group of US and European volunteers continue to work in the TC to make sure that the voices from industry on both continents continue to be heard.
“My company recognizes the value that TC 51 provides for our customers and for our industry. The TC is making significant progress to bring powder core standards up to the level of its ferrite standards.”
In other news, Vimal Mahendru’s term of office as Chair of Systems Committee Low Voltage Direct Current (LVDC) and Low Voltage Direct Current for Electricity Access, has been extended until June 2023. Behrooz Pahlavanpour’s term as Chair of TC 10: Fluids for electrotechnical applications, has equally been extended until August 2022.
Volker Hinrichsen‘s term as chair of TC 37: Surge arresters, has been extended until end of December 2021.