Students and Young Professionals

The Students and Young Professionals 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 (i.e., under 35 years of age or less than 10 years of experience). YPs can be students, operators, laboratory analysts, maintenance staff, engineers, regulatory compliance staff, or anything in between!

BUILD YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS! 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 YP member of CWEA, you’re eligible to receive scholarships, technical training, presentation opportunities, reduced membership and conference fees, and much, much more!

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For more information about how to get involved with the committee, email us!


Chair – Ambarish Ravi Ambarish 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.

Vice Chair – Melissa 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.

Past Chair & Liaison to State SYPC – Matt Kallerud Matt Kallerud has 5 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 off in the wastewater industry working as a co-op for Central Contra Costa Sanitary District before securing a full-time position with Carollo Engineers.

Social Media & Public Relations – Jamie Johnson Jamie is the Director of Data Services for Electro Scan, Inc. and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from CSU Sacramento where she graduated Cum Laude & was a member of Tau Beta Pi. Over the last few years, she’s received NASSCO PACP, MACP, & LACP Certifications, presented at multiple conferences, published articles in industry magazines, & more. In her free time she loves 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 – Ileana Wald – Ileana is an Associate Engineer at HydroScience Engineers in Berkeley. She has worked on the design of several water and wastewater treatment plant improvement projects, and written many planning and permitting reports for Northern California clients. She has a BS degree from the University of South Florida and a MS degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  In her free time she might be found hiking on East Bay hills or whipping her garden into shape.


SYPC has FREE WEF/CWEA student memberships available! Ask us about it via email!