Join the SYPC at WEFTEC 2018!

The WEF Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) develops several regular programs that occur at WEFTEC. These programs drive innovation, enrich the expertise of water professionals, and increase the awareness of the value of water. 

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Join the ReGeneration at WEFTEC 2018

Join the ReGeneration at WEFTEC and experience the latest technological developments, new ideas, expanded educational opportunities, fresh content, and the most expansive water quality exhibition in the world.

Community Service Project

This year marks the 11th WEF Community Service Project! This annual event, hosted by WEF’s Students and Young Professionals Committee, showcases the dedication of WEF volunteers to improving the water environment and educating the community about the value of water.

Date: Saturday, September 29

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Volunteer buses board at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center (900 Convention Center Blvd.) at 8:30am at the Halls H/I covered drive, and will be departing by 9:00am. Buses will arrive back at the Convention Center by 4:00pm.

Location: Treme Community Recreation Center

Add the “WEF Community Service Project” to your WEFTEC Registration. Transportation, lunch, and a project t-shirt are provided for all volunteers.Volunteers will spend the day constructing a bioswale and an educational green infrastructure graphic.

Show your support for improving our nation’s water environment by making a donation to the WEF Community Service Project. Contact WEF Staff, Megan Livak for more details.

Water Palooza

Date: Friday, September 28

Location: Joseph A. Craig Charter School

The goal of Water Palooza is to engage elementary school students in hands-on and demonstrative activities that promote the value of water and encourage students to become stewards of their own water environment.


At the event, students travel in small groups to various stations to learn about the local water environment, the value of water, initiatives in their community, and how to save water and protect the environment at home.

If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, hosting a booth or becoming a committee member, please contact WEF Staff Megan Livak, as our enthusiastic members are what helps make this event such a success. 

Student Design Competition

Date: Sunday, September 30
Location: New Orleans Morial Convention Center

Event Schedule:
Student Presentations: 8:00 am - 2:30pm
Process Design Challenge: 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Networking Reception: 3:45 - 5:15pm
Awards: 5:30pm

Represented Teams:

Case Western Reserve University
George Mason University
Manhattan College
Montana State University
National University of Singapore
North Dakota State University
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Southern Methodist University
University of British Columbia
University of California – Irvine
University of Colorado – Boulder
University of Florida
University of Guelph
University of Idaho
University of Kansas
University of Notre Dame
University of South Florida
University of Tennessee – Knoxville
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin – Platteville
Utah State University

The WEF Student Design Competition promotes real-world design experience for students interested in pursuing education and careers in water and wastewater engineering and science. To compete, individuals or teams of students prepare a design to help solve a water quality issue. Teams evaluate alternatives, perform calculations, and recommend the most practical solution based on experience, economics, and feasibility.

Come cheer on your Alma Mater or Member Association at the 2018 competition!

Career Fair

Date: Monday, October 1, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: New Orleans Morial Convention Center 

The Career Fair is an opportunity to expand your knowledge of the water quality industry and acquire better interviewing skills. Top environmental firms from the U.S. and Canada will be on hand to meet informally with students and young professionals. Students should submit their resume to by Friday, September 7, 2018!

The following companies will be on hand to meet informally with students and also pre-schedule interviewing opportunities: 

AECOM, Arcadis, Black & Veatch, Brown and Caldwell, Carollo Engineers, Inc., CDM Smith, CH2M/Jacobs, Greeley and Hansen, HDR, Hazen and Sawyer, Mott MacDonald, Stantec Consulting, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Emerging Water Quality Scholars

The 2018 Emerging Water Quality Scholars (EWQS) Program is a unique workforce-learning experience for fifteen promising opportunity youth, ages 18-24, from the New Orleans community. Limitless Vistas, Inc, a New Orleans based non-profit, has partnered with WEF to bring this three-day program to WEFTEC. EWQS will provide scholars:

  • An eye-opening, behind the scenes tour of local water-industry operating facilities (*Open to all WEFTEC attendees)
  • Insights from industry professionals about what it takes to operate some of NOLA’s most fascinating infrastructure
  • An introduction to a variety of related career pathways including local education/ training programs, internship opportunities, and full-time sustainable employment
  • A chance to work side by side with WEF’s Students and Young Professionals at the WEF Community Service Project
  • Participation in select WEFTEC 2018 New Orleans networking and learning opportunities.

*For more information about the program or if you’d like to join the tour, please contact Drew Lehman, Principal, Environment and Education, or Sherry Callaway, Executive Director Limitless Vistas, Inc,

Student & YP Meetings

Annual Student Chapter Meeting
Monday, October 1
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: New Orleans Morial Convention Center

WEF Students & Young Professionals Committee Meeting
Date: Monday, October 1  
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
New Orleans Morial Convention Center


Students, Academics, Young Professionals, and Member Association leaders are invited to attend these meetings held annually at WEFTEC. Come join in on helping shape WEFTEC programs for student chapters, students & young professionals!

Social Events

Black & Veatch Student Appreciation Reception
Monday, October 1
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
B.B. King's Blues Club

WEF Young Professionals Reception
Monday, October 1
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Crescent City Brewhouse (2nd Floor), 527 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA

Join WEF's Students and Young Professionals Committee for a fun-filled evening of conversation and peer-to-peer networking! Bring your WEFTEC badge and your photo ID to gain entry. Crescent City Brewhouse welcomes guests aged 21 and older. Security personnel will check IDs at the door. Dress: sophisticated attire. No sportswear, shorts, or flip flops. 

This reception is made possible by generous contributions from corporate sponsors: Black & Veatch, CDM, Greeley and Hansen, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

University Student Lounge

| New Orleans Morial Convention Center |

Sunday – Tuesday, 9.30 – 10.2 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The University Student Lounge is sponsored by environmental companies participating in the WEFTEC Students & Young Professionals Networking and Career Fair. Complimentary light lunch and refreshments are provided Sunday and Monday, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. The lounge will be open all day from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm offering students their own place to meet with fellow students and develop lifelong friendships.

Student Housing

University Students & Academics

Rooms specifically for university students and academics are available at the Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center ($192+/night, exclusive of occupancy taxes and fees) until August 31, 2018, or until they sell-out, whichever occurs first.

Call to Reserve: 1-888-301-4933 (toll-free U.S. and Canada) or 1-415-979-2298 (globally). Reference group code "STUD" when speaking with the agent. Customer care agents are available Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm EDT.

Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center @ $192+/night: This hotel is conveniently located across the street from the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in the Arts & Warehouse District, a neighborhood that is home to many businesses, shops, restaurants and bars. Hot breakfast and guest room internet are complimentary for all Hampton Inn guests.

Additional information can be found here.

WEFTEC on a Dime

Attending WEFTEC as a Student or Young Professional can be challenging, both on the financial and educational side. This guide provides you with step-by-step instructions for getting to WEFTEC and all the events as economically as possible.

WEFTEC On a Dime