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NWHA Young Hydro Professionals Group

The Young Hydro Professionals Group (YHPG) is focused on assisting newer hydro industry members (regardless of age) with professional development and understanding of what the industry offers. Meetings provide networking opportunities to socialize with other industry members. Meetings can be breakfasts, dinner, tours or other forums organized around topics of interest to the attendees. Industry "elders" (experienced industry members) "mentor" by sharing their experiences and offering sage advice on a variety of topics. There are now two groups formed and others may be developed in the future:

Bellevue, WA Young Hydro Professionals Group
Portland, OR Young Hydro Professionals Group

NWHA is supportive of forming other groups in other locales throughout our service territory: Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and northern California.

Joint Meeting Event

There was a joint breakfast meeting of the two groups with other interested persons invited, at the 2014 NWHA Annual Conference at the Marriott Hotel in Seattle Washington, February 19th, 2014.

Young Professionals BreakfastPortland, Oregon

The first meeting was held June 28 in Portland as a breakfast meeting.

Upcoming Event:
May 16, 2014
Tour of the Downstream Fish Passage System at PGE's River Mill Dam and Floating Collector at North Fork Dam

The Portland Young Hydro Professionals are planning a tour of the downstream fish passage system at PGE's River Mill Dam as well as the floating collector in construction at the North Fork Dam.  These are both on the Clackamas River near Estacada.  Click Here to view PG&E Clackamas River Flickr album.

The tour is scheduled on Friday May 16th at 1 pm.  There is a disc golf course if the weather is good and people are interested in some post-tour activity.  Feel free to invite others in your organization who might want to attend.  

Please RSVP to Marc Whitehead if you are planning to attend. His contact information is located below.

For events, contact NWHA Board Members:

Frances Brinkman
Black and Veatch
(503) 443-6251

Marc Whitehead
Student at Oregon State University

Bellevue, Washington

The Bellevue Group began meeting January 30, 2012. It continues to meet quarterly to meet the needs of its participants.

May 15, 2014
Tour of the Ballard Locks

The Young Hydro Professionals enjoyed a tour of the Army Corps of Engineers Ballard Locks on May 15th.  Click Here for more information about the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks known locally as the Ballard Locks.

Twelve of the group were able to join the tour and enjoyed dinner following the tour.

For future events, contact Shane Richards or Eli Wilson at the numbers below:

Young Professionals Group

Bruce Meaker, Group Mentor
(425) 327-1967

Shane Richards, P.E.
Puget Sound Energy
(425) 462-3014

Eli Wilson, P.E.
EES Consulting, Inc.
(425) 889-2700 ext 209

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Past Events: Bellevue and Portland

2013 Tour of Canyon Hydro Plants in
Deming and Sumas, WA

The Young Hydro Professionals Group enjoyed a successful tour of the Canyon Hydro plants in Deming and Sumas, WA. Bret Bauer of Canyon led the tour of their high head turbine manufacturing facilities and explained the manufacturing process and of equipment Canyon ships internationally. Eleven of the YHPG members were able to participate in the tour. Everyone came away impressed with the level of technical sophistication they use to machine their turbines of all types.

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Next Meeting

Inauguration Meeting
January 30, 2012
Pagliacci Pizza Bellevue, WA
Topic: Things I Broke When I Was Young and Survived
Bruce Meaker, Stan Schweising, and Kim deRubertis gathered with 7 invitees to share stories of the big mistakes that happened to them when they were first starting out.


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