When Mike Wood was working at Telstra’s Research Laboratories in the early ’90s, Standards Australia expressed interest in the safety practices and measurement techniques the company had developed and invited Mike to join a committee, who said of the experience that “seeing our input make it through to an Australian Standard was a real honour.”
Since then, Mike has been enthusiastically and consistently involved in standards development that has transcended borders. Mike is currently chairperson of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) TC 106, which has global responsibility for EME (Electromagnetic Energy) testing standards for mobile phones, devices, wireless networks and radio communication systems.
In the late 2000s, Mike led an international project team to develop a technical report on measuring Electromagnetic Fields from mobile phone base stations – the report went on to become a benchmark for future IEC work. Now, a decade on, the current focus for the IEC and Mike’s international team is development of standards for the assessment of the new 5G mobile technologies.
Heavily involved in the IEC Young Professionals program, Mike takes pride in passing on his own experience and assisting in the development of our future standards leaders.
Mike is passionate about inclusiveness in standards development; he believes collaboration and cooperation are both an integral part of the process. Mike is proud to have fostered a culture as chair of TC 106 where ideas can be shared and challenged, and all members can learn and feed off each other to create cohesive and successful global standards.
“With our experts coming from many different countries and cultures, its vital to embrace all inputs, harness the contributions to ensure standards are truly global.”