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 was held in Puyallup, WA on November 4, 2016. The summit entitled "Adding 'Leader' to Young Professional" was a joint creation of PNCWA and the AWWA Pacific Northwest Section. The event featured interactive discussions addressing a variety of topics including: communicating with elected officials, creating good workplace habits, mentorship, networking tips, and leadership skills.
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 was provided with financial assistance to compete at the national level during WEFTEC 2016 in New Orleans. Both teams presented at the 2016 PNCWA Annual Conference in Bend. Learn more about the competition guidelines here.
Ellie Key, Chair
Washington State Department of Ecology