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December 7, 2016
YPC Goes Local
The Young Professionals Community is excited to have extended their outreach to the section level in 2016! The Iowa and Texas Sections collaborated with the YPC to host socials at their section meetings this fall. Continue reading.

August 16, 2016
Vounteers Needed for Student Competitions Committees
The ASABE student competition committees are looking for new volunteers to add a fresh perspective and new ideas to the annual slate of student competitions. Each competition has a committee with oversight for organizing and judging the event, and there is also a committee that oversees all competitions and student scholarships. All committees are looking for 1-5 new members, and the Gunlogson committee is even looking for a new chair. Continue readingUpdate 8-26-16: Thank you ASABE community! We have achieved the desired number of members in all of the student competition committees and the E-07 committee. Please check back with these and other committees next year for future involvement. If and when more committees request new members, we will make those opportunities known via the blog and potential email blasts. Thanks again for your commitment to ASABE.

May 16, 2016
New From YPC: A Childcare Lounge at the Annual International Meeting!
The Young Professionals Community is excited to sponsor a childcare lounge at the Annual International Meeting in Orlando in July!  A variety of crafts, toys, games, and entertainment will be available for use only in the lounge.  The rooms designated for this use are located right next to the Spouse/Guest Lounge and will be open on Monday and Tuesday from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Wednesday from 7:00 AM until noon. Continue reading.

March 15, 2016
YPC Takes On the Midwest at the Regional Student Rally 
YPC executive committee members Noel Menard, Bailley Richardson, and Shane Williams, all alumni of the Midwest Region, attended the 2016 Midwest Regional Rally on March 4 - 5. Hosted by the University of Wisconsin in Madison, students toured local businesses on Friday, including Kuhn North America, the Minhaus Brewery, and PEPSICO’s Frito-Lay plant. Following the tours of the UW Biological Systems Engineering Department on Saturday morning, the YPC spoke to the group to give a brief history of the Community, our mission, activities organized and sponsored by the YPC, and opportunities YPC involvement affords (or soon will!) as students continue their ASABE careers after graduation. Continue reading.

February 10, 2016
YPC 2016 Retreat: Testing the Waters in Orlando for AIM 2016
YPC officers and at-large members traveled to Orlando, FL in January for their annual planning retreat. We spent our time refining our events for the 2016 AIM and discussing new ways to meet our mission and engage young professionals. We toured the Coronado Springs Resort to get a lay of the land for our Fun Run (Sunday, July 17) and enjoyed doing some site reconnaissance at Disney Springs for our Social (Saturday, July 16). We're excited for the AIM this year and want to share a sneak peek of the events we'll be hosting. Continue reading.

October 28, 2014
Celebr8: The Daily Grind and the Tale of a Legend
As engineers, we sometimes find it easy to get bogged down in the daily grind. For me, it's designing parts, releasing parts, figuring out how they break or might break, then redesigning and releasing them again. Eventually they get better, but usually there isn't much real fanfare surrounding the whole process. However, over the last month I had the opportunity to participate in a unique celebration. You see, 20 years ago, John Deere introduced the 8000 series of tractor. It was a whole new take on what the large row-crop tractor could be. Continue reading.

August 29, 2014
YPC Restructuring to Better Meet Member Needs

YPCreorgIt’s been a year of change for the Society.  The committee restructuring has allowed all committees to do a self-evaluation of their role with the society.  This restructuring (shown below; click image to expand) reflects the Society’s ever-changing membership and their interests.

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August 22, 2014
YPC Needs your Involvement
If you’re a non-undergrad student aged 34 and under and you’re looking to get involved in ASABE on a non-technical committee, ASABE’s Young Professionals Community (YPC) is looking for Members At-Large. The YPC appoints nine members at large to serve on the Executive Committee and oversee outreach and annual international meeting activities. We’d love input from all technical interest and geographic areas including graduate students and members employed by industry and government. The YPC has plans in the works for a new professional development event and other outreach activities, and we need your help. If you’re interested in being a Member At-Large or have questions about what’s involved with this position, please contact YPC Past Chair Andy Lenkaitis . Thank you.

July 29, 2014
YPC Business Meeting
The YPC held their annual business meeting on July 15, 2014 at the annual international meeting in Montreal. Please click here for the agenda, notes and the treasurer's report.

July 1, 2014
Outreach Fun with FFA Planning
Calling all former FFA members (or those who are interested in the FFA).  The E-05/2 committee is looking for new members to work with us to expand the relationship between ASABE and the National FFA Organization.  If you or someone you know would be interested, please contact committee chair Brady Lewis.

May 29, 2014
YPC Participants Sought for Standards Project
Have you ever been involved in the development of a standard? Participation on an ASABE standards committee offers excellent experience in project development and consensus building.

ASABE's Standards department is looking for YPC members to assist in revising a standard on erosion and sediment control. The new project is X422.1, Mapping Symbols and Nomenclature for Erosion and Sediment Control Plans for Land Disturbing Activities. If you have interest in working on this project, please contact Carla VanGilder.

May 19, 2014

MontrealSkyline_thravel Abroad, Part 2: Getting Ready for Canada

Traveling to Canada has always been a pleasurable experience for me.  I frequent our manufacturing plant in Drummondville, Quebec and have spent time in Montreal and Quebec City.  My wife and I spent several days in Quebec City last year and really enjoyed the old town feel as well as the local sights and culture; we are looking forward to a great experience in Montreal.   Continue reading.

April 24, 2014
ASABE...Why Join?
If you are reading this article, the odds are good you are a member of ASABE. Have you ever stopped to think about what your membership has done for you, both personally and professionally? As a student, at the very least (or perhaps most importantly) it gave you a free meal at the monthly student branch meeting or regional section meeting. Whether you are a student or a professional, your membership gives you access to numerous professional and technical operations via organized tours; the ability to network within and outside of your core competency; access to the forward-looking technologies of industry, government, and academia; numerous opportunities for professional development; and the opportunity to participate in technical and professional standards development. And those are just a few of the benefits!    Continue reading.

March 21, 2014
Meet ASABE’s Newest New Face of Engineering


Grace Richardson was named to DiscoverE’s New Faces of Engineering – Class or 2014 in February.  She took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to sit down with YPC to talk about her reaction to the exciting news, as well as some of the many projects she dedicates her time.  Continue reading.

December 20, 2013
Travel Abroad, Part I: Documentation
YPC encourages you to join fellow ASABE members next July in Montreal for the 2014 ASABE Annual International Meeting. It's not too early to begin your plans for international travel, and here are some things to begin thinking about. Much of the following applies to those in the U.S., but general principles apply to all traveling abroad.

PassportFirst, the obvious: Passports are required. If you don’t have one, apply now! For those applying for a U.S. passport, wait times for applications range four to six weeks and sometimes more, depending on the queue. Even if you have a current passport you are not out of the woods - most countries consider a passport expired if it is within six months of the actual expiration date, so check your passport and consider renewing it before you leave. The good news, whether you need a new passport or a renewal, is that the U.S. State Department website is fairly helpful. Continue reading

November 22, 2013
Leading Through Inspiration
As an engineer, regardless of whether you work in industry, academia, or if your self-employed, leadership and the ability to inspire those around you is invaluable. Engineers are expected to go beyond the technology and knowledge to lead and manage projects and teams, but some of us are not skilled in the art of leading. I recently stumbled across a TED Talk video that offers a new prospective (at least new to me) on how great leaders inspire action. So for this month's YPC blog I thought I would share with my friends, this fascinating perspective on leadership by Simon Sinek. Enjoy!

October 23, 2013
YPC is looking for -03 Standards Representatives
If you’ve ever wanted to gain experience in developing and understanding standards, then the Young Professionals Community has a great opportunity. The standards committees from each of the nine current divisions—committees identifiable with an -03 designation—allows a liaison from the YPC to be an active committee member. Continue reading

September 19, 2013
Proud to be an agricultural engineer
I recently read an article that was originally published in February 2011 by The Economist entitled, “Doing More with Less,” which was just one part of a nine-part series on Feeding the World. The writer of this article made three arguments for what is needed in order to feed the expected 2050 world population of 9 billion, all of which made me proud to be an agricultural engineer. (Continue reading)

June 19, 2013
Summer is here again and we all know what that means: AIM is near!

FunRunWell it's that time of year again, the ASABE International Meeting is right around the corner and will be here before you know it. The Young Professionals Committee has worked hard to provide members of ASABE (of all ages) opportunities to have some fun between all the technical sessions and committee meetings at this year's AIM. Listed below are some the exciting opportunities hosted by the YPC that await you if you plan to join the ASABE and YPC in Kansas City on July 21-24, 2013. (Continue reading)


May 22, 2013
Financial Incentives to Attend AIM 2013

AIM Poster Session  Need an incentive to attend the Annual International Meeting (AIM) in Kansas City? The
  YPC wants to help you "Get to the 2013 AIM" with a financial enticement program. We
  encourage YP member attendance (non-students aged 34 & under) and involvement
  with ASABE committees, groups and communities, but getting involved means getting to
  the AIM. We're offering one-time awards between $200 - $400 for first-time attendees
  since graduation. Please see the application for rules and deadlines. Visit the YPC page
  to find a brochure of how to get to the meeting as well as sample letters for requesting
  funding from your employer. Attending the AIM is a great place to network, learn about
  emerging technologies and develop yourself professionally.

May 21, 2013
The 401k & Young Professionals
For many young professionals, the first entrance into investing is the company 401k. As anyone will say, starting early saving for retirement is important. The more years that one's money can compound, normally the more there will be in retirement allowing the (formerly) young professional to retire earlier, work less, and do more... (Continue reading)

April 15, 2013
Benefits of an MBA - for Engineers

MBAWhat does an MBA (masters of business administration) degree provide for an engineer, especially one that works in industry?

As an engineer with an MS (masters of science) degree, I will admit I'm skeptical of what a business degree could do for me. Even though I don't currently work in industry, not that MBAs are only for folks that work in industry, I still found myself wondering why my industry counterparts were pursuing MBAs instead of MS degrees. So, like any good engineer would, I used my phone-a-friend lifeline and asked a few ag engineers that recently finished their MBAs why they did it and what's in it for them. Here's what I learned… (Continue reading)

April 11, 2013
Selling Your Ag/Bio Eng Degree & Building an Effective Resume
Nearly all large companies use software to screen resumes and track applicants. This software searches your resume for information and keywords the employer wants. Your task is to provide the basic information it needs, and to be sure it recognizes your experience and qualifications in words it understands. Creating an effective resume that passes this screening is key to getting the interview... (Continue reading)     Effective Resume Sample

December 20, 2012
BS + 30 - Member Feedback Needed on Licensure Proposal
Currently, the NCEES model specifies that an aspiring PE must meet the following requirements to sit for the exam: hold a bachelor's degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited program; have at least four years of appropriate work experience; have passed the FE and PE exams; and possess a clean disciplinary record. A change to this model has been proposed that would require a PE candidate hold a master's degree or an equivalent of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework in engineering. Read arguements for and against the proposal here.

October 27, 2012
ASABE Partners with Engineering for Change


ASABE is pleased to be a new partner with Engineering for Change--"E4C"--a forum to connect, collaborate, solve challenges, and share knowledge among engineers, technologists, social scientists, NGOs, local governments, and community advocates, all of whom are dedicated to improving the quality of life all over the world.

September 21, 2012
2013 New Faces of Engineering Announcement
ASABE is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for 2013 New Faces of Engineering - Professionals. Honoring members 30 years old and younger, New Faces celebrates the work and contributions of the emerging leaders of the profession. Each year's class of New Faces illustrates the value and breadth of the work conducted by agricultural and biological engineers throughout the world.( More information)



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