Jochums is a Staff Engineer in the Renewable Energy business unit of Underwriters Laboratories, LLC. He has
worked for UL for over 17 years and served in many different positions at the
company. Steven has worked as both a product safety and performance reliability
engineer in the Photovoltaic industries. Additionally, he worked in product
assessment for safety in the Power Systems and Power Supply categories. He has
been involved with photovoltaic module evaluation and testing since 1997 and
its development at the Northbrook office. He has served on many different
safety standards development committees over the years.
joining UL, Steven worked for over 19 years the consumer electronics industry
in direct sales and marketing with Team Electronics of Peoria (IL).
in Peoria, Steve was actively involved with the Peoria L5, a local chapter of
the L5 Society, which promoted space commercialization, colonization and
exploitation for economic benefit of all mankind.
with the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences’ planetarium staff in conducting
model rocketry workshops and events, to increase awareness in space sciences.
also conducted annual model rocketry events at Illinois Central College in East
Peoria during the “Spaceweek” period in July, which commemorated the Apollo 11
mission and helped to increase public awareness in space sciences.
“Challenger Accident” in 1986, Steve and Peoria L5 founder Robin Miller were
called upon by local media to serve as “local experts” in space activities
during coverage of the event. Peoria L5 also conducted a Challenger Memorial
event at Illinois Central College, which provided information on the causes of
the accident as documented in the Rogers Commission Report, as well as
information on how the country should respond, by placing the goals of the
National Commission on Space Report as the blueprint for America’s future in
space exploration and exploitation.
In 1987, a
year after the 51-L accident, Peoria L5 hosted a massive Spaceweek event with
Lakeview Museum, which featured guest speakers from John Deere in microgravity
research, McDonnell-Douglas on Shuttle-based medical product purification,
Comcast Corporation on satellite communications, and others on NASA budget
planning and the National Commission on Space report. The event featured a “Space Banquet,” which
offered guests Shuttle-based rehydratable foods and special guest speakers.
Steve was presented with the 1987 Peoria L5 Space Pioneer Award for his service
and contributions to the space advocacy community.
Peoria L5, Steve founded and operated the Illinois Valley Aerospace Club in his
hometown of Roanoke, Illinois. The club focused on model aircraft and model
rocketry and conducted numerous public launch events in Central Illinois and
the Chicago suburban areas, as representatives of model rocket product
manufacturer, Estes Industries. IVAC’s crowning achievement was conducting
fund raising events from 1977 to 1981, and then taking the club to witness the
first launch of the Space Shuttle, STS-1, as invited guests of NASA on April
12, 1981. The organization operated from 1974 until 1984.
STS-1, Steve has also attended the launches of STS-4 in 1982 and STS-133, the
final flight of Orbiter Discovery on February 24, 2011. He has toured the
Kennedy Space Center 11 times from 1970 to 2012, and toured the Marshall Space
Flight Center in Alabama in 1977, 1981, 1982 and 1993.
actively studied and researched the American Space Program, with an emphasis on
both static and flying space modeling since 1966. His scratch-built Shuttle
launch complex model in 1/144 scale was used by Revell Corporation in 1984 to
illustrate a forthcoming production scale model kit at both the Dallas Hobby
Show and the New York Toy Fair. The same model was used as the centerpiece for
the Spaceweek 87 event at Peoria’s Lakeview Museum. Steve continues an active
space modeling hobby, with published articles of both real and fictional
spacecraft models in numerous magazines and websites.
Once at UL,
Steven became the Primary Designated Engineer for UL 1703 – Photovoltaic
Modules and Panels, from 1997 until 2003. During this time, Steven served as a
U.S. delegate for IEC Technical Committee 82 (Photovoltaics), Working Group 2,
which worked to create and maintain the IEC standards on PV equipment. Steven
also served as a U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) representative to the IEC,
the IEEE and ANSI.
still serves as Senior Regional Lead Reviewer for photovoltaic products. He has
helped provide training for UL engineers from seven different countries in
order to help UL provide more localized service to the PV industry
worldwide. Steven was presented the UL
GM’s Award in 2005 for helping to provide specialized testing for UL PV clients
a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technologies from Bradley
University and is a Professional Engineer-In-Training in the state of
Wisconsin. Steven also holds an Associate’s Degree in General Education from
Illinois Central College. Steven has attended numerous UL University provided
training courses, as well as serving as an instructor to UL University-operated
training sessions for new Photovoltaic Product Engineers from 2007 to 2009.