Looking towards 2012Accelerating towards the Spring 2012 meeting, YPAB will witness Kate Gawel take over as chair and is actively seeking out a vice-chair. It is a very exciting time to be involved and move the new committee into formal professional roles. YPAB allows young members that would like to get involved the flexibility to make a difference in new and innovative ways. Tim Olson commented that he is impressed with how YPAB has grown and evolved over the last few years. Progress has been made possible partially by enablement, with examples including socials via division sponsorship, institute-supported YPAB initiatives (e.g., YP-Fellows mentoring program), and YPs taking the initiative to make events happen (e.g., House Parties). In the future, I look forward to witnessing how YPAB continues to have a positive impact on the institute. [caption id="attachment_53813" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="Martin Clancy"][/caption]
At the 2011 YP strategic planning session during the annual meeting, participants included: the National office (represented by Martin Clancy and Arjun Gopalratnam), Honduras, a student Chapter (University of Connecticut), the Fuels and Petrochemicals division (Tim Olson). Several regional sections were also represented, including: the Rocky Mountain (Nicole Brazier and myself) Gulf Coast (Bryan Daly, Bryan Pourchot), Midwest, Atlantic (Robin Ng), and Southeast (Amanda Robin) sections.