YP Spotlight: Pooja Chari
Pooja Chari is a YP committee member, and a water & wastewater engineer employed by Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr, & Huber, Inc in Cincinnati, Ohio.
WE caught up with Pooja at the AWWA Leadership Day and YP Summit in Nashville, TN.
What were your expectations of AWWA Leadership Day and YP Summit? I wanted to learn the type of events other sections across the country are organizing and see what Ohio section could adopt to involve more students and YPs. The Ohio AWWA Section has grown a lot in the past few years. We were facing some challenges with retention, as well as starting and maintaining student chapters.
Did it meet/exceed expectations?
It met my expectations. It was exciting to learn what the other AWWA Sections are doing. It was also extremely exciting to learn about the panelists and how they got to where they are by volunteering their time to AWWA.
How will this change your interactions with AWWA?
In the most positive way. I spoke with AWWA CEO David LaFrance about getting involved with AWWA India as well as new student chapters in India to bridge the communication gap. Eventually, I will start getting involved with other committees on AWWA.