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Next Generation DKE

is the next generation network for all of the topics related to the future of standardization at DKE.

Inspired by the IEC Young Professional Programme, DKE has launched the "Next Generation DKE" initiative with the aim of strengthening the influence of young people at DKE.

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The point of contact for young standard setters

The Next Generation DKE Community provides you with the opportunity to contribute and express your personal interests in electrotechnical standardization and its topics for the future.

  • Do you have suggestions for improvement?
  • You are an expert in the sphere of a particular standard?
  • You would like to get to know the people who prepare a particular standard?
  • You want to find other people with similar technical interests?

No matter what your concerns are at this point, your technical knowledge and interest already put you in the right place at DKE!

Next Generation DKE is a community for young professionals, students and everyone interested in participating in the standardization process. Inspired by the Young Professionals Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Next Generation DKE offers a large portfolio including entry-level assistance, training, workshops and support programs for its members.

Since the community is spread all over Germany, our members have the opportunity of networking, and to present standardization projects and discuss topics of electrotechnical standardization.

In addition to gaining insights into the exciting national and international world of standardization, contacts with experts in many specialized fields are also promoted. Members can also actively participate in organizing the Next Generation DKE, e.g. by submitting project proposals or in presenting their field of work as voluntary topic representatives.

Next Generation DKE – Get to know us!

The Next Generation DKE is a community for young professionals and students and covers all of the topics related to the future of standardization at DKE.

Are you interested in electrotechnical topics and standardization? Then get to know us and contact us if you have any questions. Together we will discuss your goals and your opportunities to participate, and we will provide you with all further information you need.

Young professionals get involved in standardization

Would you like to know more about how our community is structured? In the following, several of our members provide insight into their field of work and talk about what excites them about standardization.

Standardization still has many exciting topics to offer and we are happy to have interested parties contribute their expertise.

Portrait Michael Dopichaj

Michael Dopichaj

Topic Representative for “Railway Technology” and “Functional Safety”

»Electromobility has been the standard for railroads for years«

Portrait Michael Dopichaj

Topic Representative for “Railway Technology” and “Functional Safety”

»Electromobility has been the standard for railroads for years«

DKE: How did you get involved with Next Generation DKE?

Michael: I studied electrical engineering and do work in the development of electric locomotives at Siemens.

My work routinely deals with the application of standards. As a result, I found out about the DKE and the Next Generation DKE program and, among other things, I participated in the “Standard in a Day” boot camp.

DKE: For which area of work are you the person to contact at Next Generation DKE?

Michael: From now on – as the new topic representative of Next Generation DKE – I will report on the topics of railroad technology and functional safety, and share exciting news in this field with young professionals.

DKE: What topics or projects are you working on at the moment and why are you excited about them?

Michael: With railroads we have a technology where electromobility has been the standard for decades.

There are also many technical aspects that make railroads very energy efficient. The steel wheels and their low rolling friction, for example, make it possible for one person to pull a 90-ton locomotive. In comparison, for a 20-ton truck you should certainly be a strongman and be equipped with special footwear.

DKE: How would you like to support other young professionals in your role at Next Generation DKE?

Michael: Well, since I have only been actively involved in standardization work for a short amount of time myself, I hope to be able to openly discuss my own initial experience in standardization with other young professionals.

And thus, I would like to inspire the one or the other for Next Generation DKE or active standardization work. Naturally, the topic of railroad standardization and railroad technology is particularly important to me.

Portrait Lea Emmel

Lea Emmel

Topic representative for “Medical Technology”

»Cybersecurity in medical technology needs the support of standardization«

Portrait Lea Emmel

Topic representative for “Medical Technology”

»Cybersecurity in medical technology needs the support of standardization«

DKE: How did you become involved with Next Generation DKE?

Lea: I found out about DKE through my previous employer, Miele & Cie. KG, and I also had the opportunity to have my master's thesis funded through the DKE Science-to-Standards program.

DKE: For which area of work are you the person to contact at Next Generation DKE?

Lea: I've been the topic representative for medical technology at Next Generation DKE since June 2021. While I was doing my bachelor's degree I studied medical engineering and then I obtained a general master of engineering degree in product development.

I’m incredibly enthusiastic about this sector because medical technology products can enormously improve the quality of life for patients and even prolong life in many cases. Thus, we are actively helping to ensure that medicine continues to improve.

DKE: What topics or projects are you working on at the moment and why are you so excited about them?

Lea: : I work as a risk manager at Dräger in Lübeck, where I'm primarily responsible for software products in the field of intensive care medicine.
As a highly regulated sector, medical technology is bound by numerous regulations and standards. During my studies, I focused in particular on meeting the cybersecurity requirements for medical devices and dealt with the vulnerability reporting system and disclosure of security advisories.

What interests me most here is that with every networked product there is always a certain probability that it will involve security vulnerabilities. The best possible security is always the result of risk management. In my opinion, this requires support, but also clear guidelines through standardization.

DKE: How would you like to support other young professionals in your role at Next Generation DKE?

Lea: Since I think it is important that young people are also heard in standardization, it is essential that ideas be exchanged – Next Generation DKE is the perfect venue for this.

In this regard I already had the opportunity to participate in a very well designed boot camp on the topic of “Standard in a Day” and I am always very happy to attend the get-togethers for standardization regulars. Both help me in my activities in various standardization committees. I would like to pass on precisely these experiences.

Portrait Christian Kraus

Christian Kraus

Topic representative for “Occupational Safety - Electrical Hazards”

»I can exchange ideas about technical aspects with like-minded people«

Portrait Christian Kraus

Topic representative for “Occupational Safety - Electrical Hazards”

»I can exchange ideas about technical aspects with like-minded people«

DKE: How did you become involved with Next Generation DKE?

Christian: As a fairly new employee at the German Employers’ Liability Insurance Association for Energy, Textiles, Electrical and Media Products (BG ETEM), I am currently working my way into the multifaceted world of standardization, among other things. That's also how I found out about Next Generation DKE.

DKE: For which area of work are you the person to contact at Next Generation DKE?

Christian: I'm the topic representative for "Occupational Safety - Electrical Hazards" at Next Generation DKE.

DKE: What topics or projects are you working on at the moment and why are you so excited about them?

Christian: I studied electrical engineering and now I work for BG ETEM.
At our technical competence center we aim to prevent occupational accidents, occupational illnesses and work-related health hazards in relation to areas involving electrotechnology. In addition to providing support for their prevention work, our efforts aim at counteracting electrical hazards in a preventive manner as a partner to employers and insured persons in member companies. Therefore, we are involved in standardization, among other things.

What excites me personally about standardization work is the fact that I can participate in discussions on future technical rules with a focus on the safe operation of electrical systems, and that I can always exchange ideas with like-minded people about such technical aspects.

DKE: How would you like to support other young professionals in your role at Next Generation DKE?

Christian: After having gained a bit of experience over the past several months, I would like to pass this on through personal exchange. I would also like to keep other young professionals up to date with reports on standardization work with regard to occupational safety and electrical hazards in order to get them interested in this topic.

Portrait Mareen Tiedemann

Mareen Tiedemann

Support at the get-togethers for standardization regulars

»The get-togethers for standardization regulars offers informative networking between us young professionals«

Portrait Mareen Tiedemann

Support at the get-togethers for standardization regulars

»The get-togethers for standardization regulars offers informative networking between us young professionals«

DKE: How did you become involved with Next Generation DKE?

Mareen: I came into contact with Next Generation DKE through my former professor, Dr. Knut Blind, back when I wanted to know more about international standardization in 2019. At that time, I was given the opportunity to sit in as an observer on a maintenance team for IEC 61400-23 (testing of rotor blades in wind turbines).

In general, I find standardization useful and exciting , which is why I have been volunteering with Next Generation DKE since 2019. Personally, I find it to be particularly good to get to know other young professionals who are also interested in standardization.

DKE: For which area of work are you the person to contact at Next Generation DKE?

Mareen: As sponsor of a table for regulars' at Next Generation DKE, I participate in the preparation and follow-up of these tables and chair the discussions among regular participants during these get-togethers.

DKE: What topics or projects are you working on at the moment and why are you so excited about them?

Mareen: Professionally, my core focus is on wind power. I studied mechanical engineering for my bachelor’s degree and wind energy for my master’s degree, and I am enthusiastic about supporting the energy transition from an engineering perspective. As part of my doctorate I am sometimes involved in standardization in order to improve the experimental structural testing of rotor blades.

For me, it is important that standardization in wind power is also a very important component of the international energy transition. I think that as the “next generation” we can learn from experienced colleagues and also participate and have our say. And that can also be fun!

DKE: How would you like to support other young professionals in your role at Next Generation DKE?

Mareen: Some time ago I put out the idea of a table for the regulars. Next Generation DKE liked it and so we started the table for the regulars this year. With the table for the regulars we want to make it possible to have informative networking between us members. In this way we can get to know each other and stay connected, despite general spatial separation or the pandemic. I consider this to be an important means of support, especially for young people interested in standardization in a subject area which is quite often perceived as being pretty dry.

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