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 / State Liaison – Jamie Johnson Jamie 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. 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!

Vice 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.


University Liaison / Student Membership – Grace McNamee Grace recently relocated to the Bay Area from Atlanta, Georgia to start her career at LEE + RO as an entry level environmental engineer. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College (IN) with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2019 and from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering in 2020 through their 4-1 dual degree program. She has conducted research at Georgia Tech funded by the National Science Foundation and had interned as an Environmental Consultant in Long Beach, CA before starting her career. She enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling, and meeting new people..


Past 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.


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