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:

Katie Zusy 
Black & Veatch
2999 Oak Road Suite 490, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Tel: 925-949-5903


Chair – 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 – 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.


Committee Member – 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.


Committee Member – 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!

Committee Member and Student Membership – Tyler Grossheim. I have been working at Carollo Engineers, Inc. for nearly three years. I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly SLO in 2013 and Stanford in 2014, respectively. I have worked on various types of projects, including wastewater and recycled water plant designs, WWTP master plans, and wastewater process modeling. In my free time, I enjoy shooting archery and hanging out with my family, friends, and cats.

Committee Member – Wenyuan Tang. I have been working with AECOM for over one year now. I graduated from Stanford in 2016 with a Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. I have worked on various projects in the bay areas, from water pipeline design, site development, wastewater treatment plants and water infrastructure condition assessment. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking and photography.


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