IEC Lord Kelvin Award 2016

Uwe Kampet of BSH Home Appliances receives highest global prize in electrotechnology

By Janice Blondeau

The IEC Lord Kelvin Award, the highest global prize in electrotechnology honours Uwe Kampet’s outstanding commitment to the mission of the IEC and long-term contribution to increasing safety as well as enabling the technical harmonization that underpins global trade

From left: Junji Nomura, Uwe Kampet, Frans Vreeswijk The IEC recognizes Uwe Kampet’s valued leadership and tireless support of the IEC, global trade and a safer world – from left: Junji Nomura, IEC President; Uwe Kampet, 2016 Lord Kelvin Award recipient; Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary and CEO

Honouring pioneering vision

The prestigious IEC Lord Kelvin Award takes its name from Lord Kelvin, the first IEC President, who was a distinguished scientist and prolific inventor. He contributed significantly to the advancement of modern physics and the practical applications of electrotechnology. Lord Kelvin, together with Charles Le Maistre, the first IEC General Secretary, can be considered the true fathers of standardization. They put in place the processes and methodologies that allow companies to spread new technologies broadly, and enable countries to build more sustainable infrastructure. 

Today the Lord Kelvin Award honours their vision and drive to understand and improve the practical applications of the millions of electrical and electronic devices and systems that are part of our daily lives. 

Uwe Kampet, 2016 Lord Kelvin laureate

In presenting Uwe Kampet with the 35th Lord Kelvin Award at the IEC General Meeting in Frankfurt, Junji Nomura, IEC President, said, “The IEC Lord Kelvin Award is the highest global distinction in electrotechnology. With this Award we recognize Uwe Kampet’s valued leadership and tireless support of the IEC, global trade and a safer world.” 

Helping to facilitate global trade

Uwe Kampet is currently Senior Expert Technical Regulation and Standardization at BSH Home Appliances and he has been active in the IEC for nearly 20 years. Under his leadership as Chair of CIS/F: Interference relating to household appliances tools, lighting equipment and similar apparatus,  from 2004 to 2015, he helped shape EMC International Standards covering the broad range of lighting products, household appliances, power tools, etc. Thanks to his tireless leadership efforts, CIS/F Standards have been nationally and regionally implemented without modifications. CISPR F is a good example for how IEC work facilitates global trade with an ultimate goal of “one Standard accepted everywhere”. 

Extensive contribution to CISPR work

Such Standards are of increasing importance due to the proliferation of electric and electronic systems and devices all around us. All electrical or electronic equipment generates signals that can potentially interfere with the normal operation of other nearby pieces of equipment. They can degrade their performance, introduce errors, operational faults or even cause complete failure. 

The work of CISPR: International special committee on radio interference, is essential in protecting sensitive equipment in medical environments, manufacturing, on board planes, etc. and to contain the interference that is generated, for example, by large batteries of electric vehicles. 

Role in the CAB

Kampet was also instrumental in establishing broad cooperation between his Committee and other important organizations, like the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). As the German CAB member, Uwe Kampet contributes extensively to the IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB). He initiated the conformity assessment systems approach and is now the convener for the CAB working group on developing new business for the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems.

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From left: Junji Nomura, Uwe Kampet, Frans Vreeswijk The IEC recognizes Uwe Kampet’s valued leadership and tireless support of the IEC, global trade and a safer world – from left: Junji Nomura, IEC President; Uwe Kampet, 2016 Lord Kelvin Award recipient; Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary and CEO
IEC President Junji Nomura Uwe Kampet was presented with the 35th Lord Kelvin Award at the IEC General Meeting in Frankfurt, by Junji Nomura, IEC President
Uwe Kampet Kampet has helped shape EMC International Standards covering the broad range of lighting products, household appliances and power tools
IEC Lord Kelvin Award gold medal Today, the Lord Kelvin Award honours the vision and drive of Lord Kelvin and Charles Le Maistre, to understand and improve the practical applications of the millions of electrical and electronic devices and systems that are part of our daily lives