Shane Williams 2016-12-21 23:58:16
Greetings from the Young Professionals Community (YPC) of ASABE. Beginning with this issue of Resource, the “YPC News & Notes” column will update all ASABE members on current YPC activities and upcoming events, and highlight young professionals who are contributing to the advancement of our Society. In addition to this column, you can also visit our blog (asabe.org/blogypc) to see what we’ve been up to and where we’ve been. The YPC dates back to 2001-2002. Through the efforts of Chad Yagow, Russell Persyn, Travis Tsunemori, Audrey Alexander, and Scott Wilcox, the YPC was founded with one all-important goal: to foster the involvement and leadership of the younger, recently graduated members of our Society and keep them active in ASABE by providing them with a network and content relevant to their needs. Eyeing the retention rates of young professionals and recent graduates who had been active student members, the YPC’s founders reached out to this vital group. When the YPC began, young professionals represented around 15% of our total membership. As of 2016, that total has risen to 23%. YPC-sponsored activities and events, particularly at the Annual International Meeting (AIM), have helped the YPC grow over the years. These events include Continuing Professional Development sessions, social outings, educational seminars, and a 5K Fun Run. We recently expanded our involvement to the Section level, sponsoring social activities at the Iowa and Texas Section meetings, and we have supported new AIM activities targeted at graduate students. We continue to have a presence at student Regional Rallies and other events, including the Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference (AETC), that engage new and young professional members of ASABE. Where would you like to see an increased YPC presence, or is there an issue that you would like the YPC to tackle? Let us know! Your input is welcomed, encouraged, and always appreciated. ASABE member Shane Williams, YPC Chair, Design Engineer, Kuhn North America, Inc., Brodhead, Wisc., USA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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