Student and Young Professionals

The SYP Committee organizes tours, networking and educational events for students and young professionals in the water/wastewater industry.

A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL (YP) is any CWEA member or prospective member that is relatively new to the water/wastewater industry (e.g., under 35 years of age and/or with less than 10 years of experience). YPs can be students, operators, laboratory analysts, maintenance staff, engineers, regulatory compliance staff, etc.


BUILD YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT! Learn to lead meetings, build teams, set and achieve goals, engage volunteers, influence others, and speak in public in a safe environment surrounded by your peers.

EXPAND YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK! Establish contacts and working relationships with operations and maintenance professionals, laboratory professionals, engineers, equipment vendors, students, and academia. Establish mentoring relationships, and create a community for exchanging technical information and solving problems.

GET CWEA SUPPORT! As a student or young professional member of CWEA, receive scholarships, technical training, presentation opportunities, reduced membership and conference fees, etc.



To get involved, contact the SYP Committee Chair:

Matt Kallerud
Carollo Engineers, Inc.
2700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 300, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Tel: 414-916-1036


Chair – Matt Kallerud. Matt Kallerud has 4 years of experience in wastewater treatment planning, design and construction. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Matt started in wastewater as a coop at Central Contra Costa Sanitary District and now works for Carollo Engineers.


Past Chair/Liason to State CWEA SYPC – Kaitie Zusy. I have been working at Black and Veatch for just over five years. I graduated from UC Irvine in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. I have worked on various wastewater treatment plant designs, construction projects, pump station designs and drinking water treatment plant designs. Outside of work I love skiing (cross country & downhill), hiking, backpacking, camping, hanging out with friends, softball, and reading.


Vice Chair – Ambarish Ravi. Ambarish Ravi is a Project Engineer with HDR in the Walnut Creek office. He has experience working on various water/wastewater treatment, pump station and storage tank design and construction projects. In the past, he has served as the Young Professional Committee Chair, Secretary and Treasurer for WEF’s Houston, Texas Chapter. He has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station.


Social Media (FB, LinkedIn, Instagram, Web, Email, Flyer) – Jamie Johnson. I am the Director of Data Services for Electro Scan, Inc. and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from CSU Sacramento where I graduated Cum Laude & was a member of Tau Beta Pi. Over the last few years I’ve received NASSCO PACP, MACP, & LACP Certifications, presented at multiple conferences, published articles in industry magazines, & more. In my free time I love to travel, explore new things with family & friends, get outdoors, read, play music, and enjoy the little things in life!


Student Membership/University Program Coordinator – Mellssa Meyer. Melissa is an Assistant Engineer at Hazen and Sawyer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and a Master’s from University of California, Berkeley. Her studies focused on water and wastewater design and treatment and have given her a strong background in water chemistry and biological processes. Melissa’s work at Hazen focuses on wastewater process engineering and collection system planning. In her free time she enjoys dancing, hiking, and exploring all the Bay Area has to offer.


The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) San Francisco Bay Section (SFBS) has FREE WEF/CWEA student memberships available!Simply email the following to

  • A brief paragraph describing why you would like to join CWEA.
  • Full name
  • College/university name
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number