Young Engineers

Chair: Danny Zepeda Vice Chair: Sidra Malik Secretary: Kayvon Mirdamadi

The Young Engineers Development Subcommittee abbreviated as YEDS is a subcommittee of the Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC) of the IEEE. The subcommittee was formed with its charter to, “promote participation in PCIC technical conference and provide personal professional growth opportunities.”


In 1994, the subcommittee existed as an ad hoc committee under the leadership of Christine Kent. The Young Engineers Development Subcommittee (YEDS) became a full PCIC subcommittee in 1996 chaired by Amy Frere.

Why was this Subcommittee Created?

The PCIC Technical Conference is an annual event where industrial technology leaders present/exchange electrical applications technology relating to the petroleum and chemical industry. The conference not only helps in sharing knowledge but also helps in personal professional development.

Young engineers attending this conference realized its potential and decided to form a subcommittee with the intention of creating a ‘place’ where the newest and younger conference attendees could meet to address the question ‘What is PCIC?’, plan their conference agenda, meet other new attendees, provide an avenue for the newer attendees to meet experienced PCIC attendees, etc.

The primary goals of YEDS are to:

  • Provide a forum for Young Engineers and newer conference attendees to learn about the conference objectives and benefits.
  • Provide them with information regarding the technical conference and learning opportunities gained from conference attendance and participation.
    • Staying tuned to industry trends.
    • Sharing of ideas with industry people.
    • Opportunity to author/co-author technical paper(s) and attend tutorial(s).
  • Provide a forum for newer attendees to meet one another and form alliances with peers and mentors early in the conference week.
  • Provide training to new/newer attendees regarding the importance they play in representing their company affiliation and how they can fulfill a leadership role within PCIC. Stress how they can personally impact safety and profits within their organizations.
  • Compile yearly conference survey results; provide report of results and share key learnings to improve future conferences.

Myron Zucker Travel Grant

PCIC has arranged with the IEEE Industrial Applications Society (IAS) to sponsor up to four Co-op/Intern Students or recent graduates to attend the next Conference through the Myron Zucker Travel Grant.

Visit the Myron Zucker Travel Grant page to apply.