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December 5, 2013

CSU now has WEF student chapter

By Robert Bray

A student organization whose purpose is to help students build a professional network within all water quality professions had a Kickoff Event on Nov 20.

The Water Resource Professionals had 20 students and 16 professionals from the cities of Bedford, Solon and Warren attend.

The professionals who attended were Quasar Energy Group, Brown & Caldwell Engineering Firm, Cleveland Water Department, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Drink Local Drink Tap.

"We also had pizza," said Arjun Bhushan, treasurer for Water Resource Professionals.
This is their first official semester as an organization.

They are a student chapter of the Water Environment Federation, which focuses on water pollution, and also the American Water Works Association, which focuses on drinking water.

Some current issues within these fields include toxic algal blooms and the use of green infrastructure.

One of the reasons they formed a student group is due to the lack of new professionals entering the field to fill empty positions left by retiring baby boomers.

β€œ[There are] all different types of positions,” said Abigail Cronin, Co president for Water Resource Professionals. Cronin went on to name the many positions.

She said that engineers, accountants, public health, human resources, technicians, operators, marketing and information technology are some of the positions available.

β€œIt really spans throughout any major for any student interested in a career in the waterfield,” she said.