Students and Young Professionals Committee

The Students and Young Professionals (S&YP) Committee provides students and young professionals (S&YP) in the clean water industry with opportunities to gain leadership experience and network with peers. The WEF definition of a young professional (YP) is “Any person who considers himself/herself to be relatively new to the water quality industry and is 35 years old or younger,” but all those interested are welcome to join us.

We co-sponsor an annual “Young Professional Summit” with the YPs of the American Water Works Association, organize an annual design competition for college students, provide support to the local section S&YP groups, share ideas, and provide feedback to the PNCWA Board as to the needs of the younger members. Additionally, we plan S&YP events at the Annual Conference and aid in fundraising or community service events. We also coordinate PNCWA's mentorship program for members, to encourage mentors to pass on their wealth of knowledge and experience to help protégés develop valuable professional goals.  Learn more and get involved with the mentoring program by clicking here.

We meet once a month via conference call to outline the objectives for the following weeks.

News & Highlights

2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Young Professionals Summit

The 2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Young Professionals Summit will be held in Puyallup, WA on November 4, 2016. Get more details and register here. The summit entitled "Adding 'Leader' to Young Professional" is a joint creation of PNCWA and the AWWA Pacific Northwest Section. The event will feature interactive discussions addressing a variety of topics including: communicating with elected officials, creating good workplace habits, mentorship, networking tips, and leadership skills. Registration is $85 for professionals who are not WEF or AWWA members, $75 for professionals that are WEF or AWWA members, and $20 for students. Sponsorship opportunities include $500 for the Platinum level, $250 Gold level, and $100 at the Silver level. Note that attire for the event is business casual, and there will be a tour outdoors so please dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes.

Student Design Competition

The PNCWA Student Design Competition is intended to promote “real world” design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in water engineering and sciences. This competition tasks teams of student members- both undergraduate and graduate- within PNCWA to design and present a program meeting the requirements of a problem statement that they have worked on together as a team. The 2016 competition featured two design teams from regional universities – Seattle University and University of Idaho.  Seattle University won the competition with their Picnic Point Wastewater Treatment Plant Outfall Upgrade submission.  The SU design team will be provided with financial assistance so they can compete at the national level during WEFTEC 2016 this September in New Orleans. Both teams will present at the 2016 PNCWA Annual Conference in Bend. Learn more about the competition guidelines here.

Contact Info


    Mark Cummings, Chair
    Murray, Smith & Associates, Inc.