Working Groups


Why join an IEST Working Group (WG)?
By participating on a WG, you can help establish the industry guidelines that affect your business. WG activities also provide opportunities to network with other experts, contribute to your profession, build your resumé, and promote your company.

What is the purpose and function of the WGs?
The IEST Standards & Practices Program was instituted to publish and disseminate up-to-date, reliable technical information within each IEST division:

  • Contamination Control
  • Design, Test, and Evaluation
  • Product Reliability
  • Nanotechnology Facilities

IEST Working Groups in these divisions develop Standards and Recommended Practices (RPs) that provide standardized procedures based on peer-approved applications of environmental technology. Working Group members determine, through cooperative effort, what issues will be addressed in each of these consensus documents, and what procedures will be included. IEST has also revised such Federal Standards as FED-STD-209, MIL-STD-781, MIL-STD-810, and MIL-STD-1246 (now IEST-STD-1246).

What will be my role?
WG meetings held online and at IEST conferences are open to anyone, and you may attend as many WG meetings as you wish as an observer. This provides an opportunity to see the document development process in action, learn more about topics and technology of interest, and contribute your expertise.

Attend two consecutive meetings of the same WG and you are eligible to apply to become a voting member. As a voting member you will have a voice in shaping the RPs and Standards used in your industry.

When do WGs meet?
WG meetings take place during ESTECH (IEST’s Annual Technical Meeting) and EDUCON (formerly IEST's Fall Conference).  Many WGs also hold online meetings between conferences.

How do I join a WG?
Email to inquire about joining a WG. We will put you in touch with the Chair of your WG of interest. For information on WGs under development, view Call for Participants.