Young Professionals Programs

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.

YP Summit

Mark your calendar to attend the 2015 YP Summit on February 17, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Click here for details on registration, hotels and the YP Summit Program.  Hotel rooms go quickly, so please make your reservation soon.  This year's theme is The Bigger Picture in the Water Industry:  A YP's Professional Role Now and in the Future.  Networking, Asset Management, Utility Management and Professionalism are just a few items that will be covered in this one day event.  More information to come.  Questions: Contact WEF Staff, Dianne Crilley:  

WEF YP Connections - Newsletter

The 3rd Trimester 2014 issue of YP Connections is ready to read!  The WEF Students & Young Professionals (YP) Committee produces 3 issues of YP Connections each year that offers information on career development; provides tools, tips, and resources; and include news from WEF and MA YP Committees. If your MA has news to share, send articles to

WEFTEC Community Service Project

Plans are being made for WEFTEC 2014 in New Orleans!  We hope to inspire many to the cause of clean water, underscore the importance of the water profession, and demonstrate to the community how to get started on clean water initiatives.  Contact Tim Moran, Michael Quamme, or WEF Staff Dianne Crilley if interested in being apart of the planning committee.

Past WEFTEC Service Projects:
WEFTEC.10 - Bioswales in the Bayou

WEFTEC.08 - Gettin Out of the Gutter - Building a rain garden at Pulaski Park
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Regional Liaison Program

WEF Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) formed a Regional Liaison program to assist WEF Member Associations (MAs) with the formation of Student Chapters and Young Professionals Committees.  Ten regions were delineated within North America to have at least one WEF SYPC member represented in each region.  Liaisons will inform student chapters and MAs in their region of WEF resources along with any opportunities and future developments.

Regions (Map)     Liaison Contacts

WEF Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award

This award recognizes the contributions of young professionals in the water environment field. This award is presented annually to the young professional whose contributions to the wastewater collection and treatment industry most deserve recognition. The award consists of a plaque inscribed with the recipient's name.

 Joan Fernandez is the recipient of the WEF 2013 Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award. She is a member of the Chesapeake WEA. Congratulations Joan! 


WEF Students & Young Professionals Committee

Connect with young professionals from around the globe.  Join the SYP and make a difference!