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AIMThe 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 year's lineup:

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 them!

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.

Professional Development
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. Gorder.

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 ASABE. 

See you soon!

The YPC Executive Committee

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