Join the SYPC

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 2019

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 12th 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 21

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Volunteer buses board at the Hilton Chicago Headquarters Hotel (720 S. Michigan Ave) at 8:30am, and will be departing by 9:00am. Buses will arrive back at the Hilton Chicago by 4:00pm.

Location: Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy

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 improving stormwater management and constructing community stormwater educational components.

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 20

Location: Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy

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


The 2019 WEF Student Design Competition will showcase 30 teams from 26 Member Associations and 3 Countries.

Date: Sunday, September 22
Location: McCormick Place Chicago
                 S105a,b,c, South Building - Level 1

Event Schedule:
Student Presentations: 8:00 am - 4:45pm
Networking Reception: 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Awards: 6:00pm 

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 2019 competition!

Career Fair

Date: Monday, September 23, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois
                 S105abc, South Building - Level 1

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 6, 2019!

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

GHD, CDM Smith, Greeley and Hansen, Black & Veatch, AECOM, ARCADIS, Jacobs, Hazen & Sawyer, Mott MacDonald, Carollo Engineers, HDR

Student & YP Meetings

Annual Student Chapter Meeting
Monday, September 23
Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Location: S104ab, South Building - Level 1, McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois

WEF Students & Young Professionals Committee Meeting
Date: Monday, September 23
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
S104ab, South Building - Level 1, McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois


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, September 23
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fremont, 15 W Illinois Street, Chicago, IL

WEF Young Professionals Reception
Monday, September 23
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Three Dots and a Dash, 435 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL

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. 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: Coming Soon!

University Student Lounge

| McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois |
     S105d, South Building - Level 1

Sunday – Tuesday, 9.21 – 9.24 | 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 Doubletree Magnificent Mile until August 23, 2019 or until they sell-out, whichever occurs first.

Call WEFTEC Housing/CMR 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.

DoubleTree Magnificent Mile @ $215+/night: Located two blocks from Michigan Avenue and the famous Magnificent Mile, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile puts you in easy reach of some of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment. From the signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie upon arrival, to the welcoming staff and contemporary comfort of the surroundings, this downtown Chicago hotel makes your trip hassle-free. Each guest room is equipped with modern amenities including an HDTV and WiFi access.

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