Advance Your Career in Water

AWWA's Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE) is the place where water professionals from around the world gather to discuss the most current industry topics, innovations, issues and trends to help solve immediate and future water challenges.

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Don't miss these Young Professionals Events!

Monday, June 13

First-Time Attendee Program

Pre-registration Required 
7:30 – 8:15 a.m. l Room: TBD
Stop by to learn how to maximize your conference experiences and develop lasting connections.

Student & Young Professional Scavenger Hunt

10:00 - 11:30 AM | Room: TBD
Here’s a fun way to meet some of your peers and explore the Exhibit Hall at the same time. Your team will be challenged to navigate through hundreds of ACE exhibitors to find clues to be eligible to win great prizes. Meet at room TBD to learn the rules. The Scavenger Hunt will end at the Expo Café in the Exhibit Hall at 11:30 a.m.; look for the Student/YP signs. 

Lunch with the Boss: Student & Young Professional Meetup

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM | Specifically Designated Area at the Expo Café in the Exhibit Hall
Converse with a general manager of a water utility, a principal in a consulting engineering firm, the head of a manufacturing company and/or a USEPA regulator at this this low-key lunch meetup. This is a great opportunity for you to get face-time with water industry leaders. Registration is not required. Just show up!

Lightning Session: Fresh Ideas Poster Participants

3:30-5:00 PM l Room: TBD
Join the best and the brightest from AWWA’s Sections for this new, fast-paced lightning session featuring the Fresh Ideas Poster participants. These students and young professionals won their Section poster competitions to attend and compete at ACE22. Presenters will have 3-5 minutes to summarize their posters at the podium prior to the poster competition. Come support these impressive water professionals and explore a wide range of water industry topics and challenges.  

Tuesday, June 14

Fresh Ideas Poster Competition & Display

10:00 –11:45 AM | Exhibit Hall Booth #TBD
The future of water is here! Join the best and the brightest from AWWA’s Sections. These students and young professionals won their Section poster competitions to attend and compete at ACE22. 

Bring your RÉSUMÉ! AWWA'S Career Center Job Fair

2:00–5:00 PM | Exhibit Hall Booth #28114
Looking to start or expand your career or further your education in the water industry? Network with top companies and select universities in the water industry at the Career Center Job and Education Fair. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss! 

Highlighted Session

TUE19 10:00-11:30 AM l Building Careers and Businesses: Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Room: 303 - Available in person and on the virtual program.

Emerging Leaders Reception 
6:00–8:00 PM | Room: TBD
Create your future contact list at this reception. You’ll meet potential employers, future mentors, your work peers and new friends. It is your chance to connect with AWWA industry leaders. Learn how to get involved with your Section and AWWA. Open to all students and young professionals.  

Wednesday, June 15

Young Professionals (YP) Committee Meeting

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM l Room: TBD
Join the AWWA YP Committee members to discuss conference activities, career connections, publication and scholarship opportunities, and student chapter assistance. This open conversation will help direct the future of AWWA's student and young professional programming.

Highlighted Session

WED26 1:30-3:00 PM l Expanding Your Toolbox – YPs Tackles Water Issues


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Meet other industry experts from across the globe and compare notes on how you are building innovative solutions to overcome the obstacles you face every day.


The ACE professional program covers every aspect of the water industry, allowing you to choose content tailored specifically to your needs.

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ACE will feature industry thought leaders, new technologies, behind-the-scenes tours, and countless opportunities to advance your career.

Hear What Attendees are Saying About ACE

"This was the first time I attended ACE. It was a phenomenal experience. I tried to make the most of the short conference and attended the young members scavenger hunt where I got to meet many other first-time attendees. I presented at a professional session and wandered the exhibition hall during my off-hours. In the evenings, I bounced around to various networking receptions. It was an exhausting but rewarding experience that was also a lot of fun."