Young Professionals Interest Group

The mission of the ASDSO Young Professionals Interest Group (YP Group) is to engage young professionals (under 40) in the dam safety community through ASDSO participation and service. As the future stewards of dam safety, Young Professionals are a vital part of the dam safety community and the long-term stability of ASDSO. The committee will strive to increase membership within the Young Professionals demographic, plan and carry out ASDSO activities that are in line with the needs and interests of the rising generation, and encourage Young Professionals to participate in committee service or leadership roles within the Association. The YP Group was formed in 2017 in an effort to span an organizational gap between students (Education Outreach Committee) and the general ASDSO membership. The group's activities are consistent with the goals of the association's strategic plan.

Get Involved with ASDSO and the YP Group:

  • If you are not yet a member, we encourage you to check out the membership benefits ASDSO provides, including one free Webinar On-Demand for new members and a one-time discount on conferences for new members. Membership in ASDSO is a cost-effective way to stay engaged within the dam and levee safety community. Memberships for government employees, or those in the private sectors whose company is a member, is only $55 per year! Private sector employees whose company is not yet a member can join for only $100. If you are still a student, learn more about membership, as well as scholarship and paper contest opportunities here
  • Sign up now to join the YP Group and receive updates on activities of importance and specific training opportunities! Joining an ASDSO Interest Group is different than joining a committee and does not require you to join regularly scheduled calls or participate unless you want to (although it is encouraged!). The YP Group leadership team and sub-group members handle most of the planning. To become involved with one of the sub-groups listed below, please contact one of the YP Group committee chairs listed below.    
  • Join the Young Professionals community on COLLABORATE where you can network with YP members from across the country and stay up-to-date on the latest information for YPs. In addition to the YP community check out all of the other great networking groups available on COLLABORATE. 
  • Many of ASDSO's committees are looking to recruit young professionals. If you are interested in becoming involved with an ASDSO Committee you can find current openings on the Volunteer Page of COLLABORATE!

YP Group Leadership: 

The YP Group is led by a dynamic group of young dams safety professionals who help to drive the activities of the group and advocate for YPs within the association. The YP Group chair(s) and sub-group leaders represent the interest group, consult with the president and ASDSO executive staff, and lead interest group members in the fulfillment of the group's mission. All  YP Group leaders must be members of ASDSO. To learn more about how you can become, involved contact Ross Brown at rbrown@damsafety.org.  

YP Sub-Groups: 

  • Membership: 
    • Sub-Group Leaders: Allen Orsi, Pare Corporation; Jeff Blass, Century Engineering
    • Goal - Increase participation of young professionals within the organization.
  • Networking/Social Activities: 
    • Sub-Group Leaders: Emily Keck, GZA; Cory Miyamoto, GEI Consultants
    • Goal - Coordinate and promote networking events and social activities for YPs at regional and national conferences
  • Education/Career Development: 
    • Sub-Group Leaders: Dave Caouette, Pare Corporation; Andrew Orlovsky, PA Department of Environmental Protection
    • Goal - Facilitate and promote training/mentoring opportunities geared specifically towards the YP demographic. 

YP Group Meetings and Minutes: 

Each year, the YP Group hosts an in-person meeting at the national conference in the fall, and an Adobe Connect conference call in the spring. In addition, YP Group leadership and sub-groups coordinate throughout the year. Watch for more details on upcoming meetings here, or see below to review previous minutes. 

Special thanks to our sustaining members