IWA World Water Congress: From the Perspective of a YWP

From September 12 to 15, 2022, Copenhagen hosted the IWA World Water Congress, which included keynote speeches, an industrial plenary, and technical talks. The ambition of the Congress was to bring together multi-disciplinary professionals from the water industry to discuss issues pertaining to sustainability and the development of sustainable cities. Copenhagen was the prime location,Continue reading IWA World Water Congress: From the Perspective of a YWP

Canadian IWA YWPs at WEFTEC 2022

Written by Alexandra Webb, Eastern Canada Regional Director PHEW! Finally recovered and back into the routine after WEFTEC came back with a bang this year in its first New Orleans (NOLA) appearance since 2018. Reportedly a standout conference in the numbers for a NOLA-based conference year, with near-peak attendance (compared to pre-pandemic numbers), and moreContinue reading “Canadian IWA YWPs at WEFTEC 2022”

Getting ready to take the NPPE

The National Professional Practise Exam (NPPE) is a requirement (read rite of passage) for anyone hoping to obtain an engineering or geoscience license in Canada (except Quebec, lucky folks). For most provinces, the exam contains 110 multiple-choice questions covering professionalism, ethics, law and membership regulation to be completed within two and a half hours. ItContinue reading “Getting ready to take the NPPE”

Lessons learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic and how it influenced my future plan as an Environmental Engineering graduate student

Written by Tae Hyun (Calvin) Chung, Ph.D. Student in Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta December 2019 marked the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. What initially began as distant news quickly overturned all facets of society and shook modern civilization at its core. Lockdowns ensued immediately, and with it, all but the essential stores closed. PanicContinue reading “Lessons learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic and how it influenced my future plan as an Environmental Engineering graduate student”

Difficulties and hardships you may experience during graduate studies and how to overcome them

Written by Amr Ismail – Partnership Director IWA-YWP Canada As a graduate student who started his program 6 months before the whole world was shut down because of a global pandemic, my graduate studies experience is kind of unique. I came to Canada as an international student to study Environmental and Water Resources Engineering afterContinue reading “Difficulties and hardships you may experience during graduate studies and how to overcome them”

Tourism as a water professional!

With summer travel in full swing and a lot of post-pandemic revelries to be had, I want to talk about my top tips for traveling as a water professional. You can be a tourist and a water nerd at the same time, which means you’re such a fun person to hang out with 😛 1.Continue reading “Tourism as a water professional!”

Time management, you have more time than you think you do!

I have got this question in my life many times: “How do you find time for your studies, work, and kids?” And my answer is simple: Time Management. I finished my Ph.D. while working part-time, volunteering in three organizations, raising three kids, and on top of all these, going through a pandemic. Surprisingly, I finishedContinue reading “Time management, you have more time than you think you do!”

Graduate-level Teaching Practices to Improve Leadership Skills

           The term ‘leadership’ is often misunderstood by many. It is not just about guiding a team to the glory of success; it is also about setting clear and functional goals for the team (and for self) and working diligently to accomplish those goals by inspiring the team members. The inspiration does not necessarily need toContinue reading “Graduate-level Teaching Practices to Improve Leadership Skills”

Should I do a PhD?

Is doing a PhD even worth it? Won’t you just be too educated even to be employed? But you don’t want to be a professor, so why would you bother? These are some of the negative thoughts that surround the prospect of grad school, from people inside and outside the system. In this blog post,Continue reading “Should I do a PhD?”

Navigating professional conferences as a YP

Conferences are a large part of both the academic and professional worlds. Hosted by ‘professional associations’ such as AWWA, WEF, and local water groups, the goal of these events is to share ideas, knowledge, new technology, and experiences, to solve problems, address challenges, and make changes in the sector. They often offer continuing education creditsContinue reading “Navigating professional conferences as a YP”