To mark its 50th anniversary, the Finnish National Electrotechnical Standardization Organization SESKO presented, on December1, 2015, the first ever SESKO Achievement Awards to two people in recognition of their work in electrotechnical standardization. The award winners were Professor Leena Korpinen from Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and Specialist Janne Nyman from SGS Fimko Oy. The award comprises a certificate, a badge and a medal.
I said (in my thank you speech) the following:
“I would like to say a big thank you for this acknowledgement of my work in standardization. In my opinion, standardization is something that is important for all of us. The results can be seen even in the most basic daily activities, such as charging mobile phones: increased hardware compatibility makes life easier.
For scientific research in the technical field, standards offer a firm foundation for measurements, for example, thus improving the quality of research. Also, they are reliable sources of information to be used in teaching. I enjoy participating in standardization work and making use of standards in my teaching and research.
It is a great honor to receive such an award.
The background of the SESKO Achievement Award from SESKO www-page:
“Leena Korpinen received the SESKO Achievement Award for her contribution to electrotechnical standardization and for the long-standing, wide-ranging collaboration with SESKO. She has promoted awareness of electrotechnical standards, especially among researchers and students in the field. Finland’s leading researcher in electromagnetic fields, professor Korpinen has, since the early 1990s, taken part in the standardization work of the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) relating to electromagnetic fields and their potential risks as well as in the relevant committees at SESKO and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). When SESKO started the work on smart grid standardization in 2012, she was among the first to contribute.
Leena Korpinen has had an important role in promoting collaboration between SESKO and the educational sector and was one of the organizers of the first “Standardeilla tuloksia” (Standards for Results) seminars held in 2006 at educational institutions in the cities of Vaasa and Tampere. At the 2007 SESKO spring seminar, she explored the ways of dialogue between standardization and research.
In 2009, Professor Korpinen pioneered the first Finnish training course for the certification of personnel recovering fluorinated greenhouse gases (SF6) from high-voltage switchgear. Here, she used the standards on the characteristics of SF6.
The TUT anniversary seminar on electric and magnetic fields in our working and living environment, organized by Ms. Korpinen in 2013, stressed the importance of international collaboration. It was stated, for example, that global research and world-wide harmonization of standards can create added value for the users of standards, especially in terms of measurement methods for electromagnetic fields.“