The Changing YPCC

Structure

The Young Professional Coordinating Committee (YPCC) is a 15-member standing committee responsible for governing programs and activities directed toward YPs. The committee reports to the SPE Board Committee on Education and Professional Activities. YPCC members are appointed by SPE’s president-elect and serve a 1-year term, renewable for up to 3 years. One member serves as chairperson for a year, after which a chairperson-elect takes over and a new chairperson-elect is appointed. The transition happens during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

Each YPCC member is assigned to one or more SPE regions, which they serve as mentor; they also share best practices within the regions. YPCC members should have experience working on YP programs locally and should be 35 years of age or younger. No more than two YPCC members can be over the age of 35. YPCC representatives are a support to YP committees around the world.

Past/Present

From their beginnings in 2004, YPs as a group within SPE have come a long way. YPs have been recognized in most SPE sections and are increasingly being asked to assist sections with their events and activities, providing opportunities to learn and grow. In this information era, it is also important that YPs share their experiences and help each other’s development. Such a platform for exchanging information and increasing coordination between YP groups is provided by the YPCC. Over the years, YPCC has led many initiatives, such as the Outstanding YP Program awards, the Industry Leader Video series, and the YP Network.

Each year, the YPCC frames its focus areas on the needs of SPE’s younger members, with guidance from the SPE Board. For the upcoming year, the YPCC is focused on providing a better networking platform, improved interaction between student SPE chapters and SPE sections, and integration of YP groups within SPE.