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!

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


Chair – Annie Kirkwood Annie Kirkwood has her Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from UC Davis. Her experience is with water and wastewater treatment and design, environmental toxicology, aqueous chemistry and education. She has worked on projects improving water and wastewater treatment, categorizing contaminants of emerging concern, and reducing barriers in engineering for young women. In her free time she loves to dance, read, sew, knit, and bake.


Vice Chair – Joe Wildman Joe Wildman has been a CWEA member since 2015 and assisted the SYP Committee as a General Committee Member helping to plan and facilitate the annual career fair. He looks forward to giving back by helping to plan and coordinate networking events and learning opportunities for newcomers to the water/environmental industry as Vice Chair. Joe’s background is in civil engineering with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UCLA and UC Davis. Joe works at Carollo Engineers doing process/mechanical design for water and wastewater projects. He believes this is a great field and is happy to help others advance their careers.

University Liaison / Student Membership – Max Armenta Maxwell Armenta has been working in the Bay Area as a wastewater engineer-in-training for about two years. He is passionate about environmental engineering and education, so the position of University Liaison is a natural fit. Max was very involved as an undergraduate in his student American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) organization, where he was first exposed to the importance of connecting students to working professionals in order to facilitate growth within our industry. He is passionate about donating time and resources to help out students, and has been involved with ASCE this past year as the Philanthropy Chair to coordinate lesson plans for K-12 students. He is looking forward to using his experience to help facilitate CWEA opportunities for university-level students.

Past Chair – Jamie Johnson Jamie Johnson works as a Water Resource Control Engineer in the Office of Enforcement at the State Water Resources Control Board. Prior to joining the SWRCB, Jamie was 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, the Engineering Honor Society. 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, spend time with family & friends, and enjoy the little things in life!


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