HOSTING THE NEXT GENERATION OF WATER PROFESSIONALS
AT WATERCON 2013
Kristin Rehg, Chair
WATERCON 2013 was host to
students from across Illinois, providing many opportunities for the next
generation of water professionals to get involved and learn more about our
For the first time, the Section
organized a scavenger hunt for students and young professionals, challenging
them to solve a water system design problem by visiting several booths in the
exhibit hall to find the equipment and service providers needed to complete the
project. Feedback from the participants
was overwhelmingly positive, and many even asked for a more difficult and
involved problem to solve next year!
This was a great way for young members of our industry to learn more
about the design and operational challenges they will face, and to meet and
interact with many different members of ISAWWA.
WATERCON 2013 also hosted the
first ever career fair for students.
Several engineering firms and water system service providers met with
students to discuss job openings, required qualifications and skills, and
useful networking and job hunting skills.
Four Safe Water Scholarships were
awarded for the 2013-14 school year, in recognition of the winners’ pursuit of
careers in the water industry, academic merit, and leadership qualities. The scholarship winners were recognized at
the annual Awards Breakfast and include Marika Nell, Nora Sadik, and Ya Zhang
(all students at Illinois universities) and Brandon Ward, an Illinois water
utility employee pursuing continuing education.
This year’s conference also
included the most student and young professional poster presentations so
far. Eleven posters were accepted for
presentation at the conference, covering a wide range of water and wastewater
topics such as research on new types of desalination membranes, alternative
treatment methods for arsenic removal, and the latest developments in urban
Please contact Kristin Rehg for more information at email@example.com