The YPC has worked hard to provide ASABE members of
all ages opportunities to have some fun between all the technical
sessions and committee meetings at this year's AIM. Here's this
The Social Event
The YPC and is planning a night out at the ballgame on Saturday
July 20. This event is sure to be fun; meeting fellow ASABE
members and families and seeing the Kansas City Royals play the
Detroit Tigers. Be sure to add the event to your ASABE
registration. The cost is $59 and includes a $20 voucher for food.
This event has been sponsored in part by John Deere -many thanks to
Fun Run/Walk 2013
Join us Sunday, July 21 for the 8th Annual YPC Fun Run/Walk. If
you haven't registered yet, there is still time. All proceeds go
towards supporting future YPC events focused on young member
retention during the transition from student to professional
membership. More details and running/walking routes are available
in the YPC AIM Program posted here.
The Educational Event
Join the YPC for a tour of one of America's iconic brands, Harley
Davidson on Tuesday, July 23. The plant, located in Kansas City,
specializes in powertrain and is the only Harley Davidson plant
that produces an entire motorcycle on site. Cost of the event is
$38. Closed toed shoes are required for the tour.
In addition to the social and fun events, the YPC is offering a
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session to help with
problem solving. Each year at the AIM, the YPC is one of multiple
groups to sponsor a CPD session. This year' s session, led by
Dr. Peter Gorder, will focus on Quality Function Deployment, or
QFD, and its use as a problem specification technique. "One
of the biggest issues in addressing a problem is coming to a
complete understanding of the problem," says Dr. Gorder.
Using QFD allows one to bring the viewpoints of all of the
stakeholders of a problem together to help specify the problem in a
language that is more easily addressed from an engineering
perspective. Through the application of this technique, the problem
solvers will have "quantified specifications designed to address
un-quantified (or un-quantifiable) requirements," states Dr.
While an associate professor at Kansas State University, Dr.
Gorder co-authored Problem Solving and Design in an Engineering
Environment portion of the university's online Engineering
Professional Development Series. He is currently an associate
professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
at the University of Colorado. Dr. Gorder's areas of interest and
expertise include dynamic systems and control, aerospace vehicle
dynamics and engineering design.
This CPD session is scheduled for Sunday, July 21, from 1:00
until 5:00 pm and the cost is $30. Students and professionals of
all ages are encouraged to attend.
Lastly, don't forget to stop by the Young Professionals Booth on
the exhibit floor and say hi to your ASABE YPC representatives and
vote for your favorite All in Good Fun contestant. The YPC Business
Meeting will be held on Tuesday from 5:15 - 7:00 pm in Van Horn A
of the Sheraton and everyone is welcome to attend. The meeting will
cover YPC's activities over the past year and provide opportunity
for input for future activities. If you are under the age 35 and
looking to become more active within ASABE, here is your chance. We
will be holding elections this year at the YPC Business Meeting for
next year's officer team. No previous experience is required to
become an officer, the only requirement is that must be under the
age of 35 and interested in serving young professionals within
See you soon!
The YPC Executive Committee