YMC-A following a successful annual meeting at TRB 2018!

Mission Statement

The mission statement of YMC-Aviation (YMC-A) is “to encourage and support the involvement, education and growth of students and young professionals within the TRB, its related activities including the Annual Meeting and the aviation industry as a whole.” Its goals are to:

• Provide positive experiences to undergraduate and graduate students interested in aviation.

• Promote aviation related careers to students and young professionals.

• Support a positive experience at the annual meeting by providing new attendees interested in aviation guidance and mentoring.

• Identify avenues for young members to become involved in aviation related committees and activities within TRB.

• Assist committee chairs by identifying young members interested in filling vacant slots.

• Provide an educational component to young members.

• Have fun as a group and provide a means to promote networking!


The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Aviation Group created the YMC-A as a subcommittee to the group in 2012 as a means to more directly interact with the young membership within its nine committees.

YMC-A is part of the Young Members Council (YMC). In 2011, YMC at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) was created in order to encourage and expand young professional participation in all aspects of the TRB community.

Each of the 11 groups of standing committees was offered the ability to appoint two members to this council. The Aviation Group appointed Megan Ryerson and Yasmina Platt as its representatives to this council.  That said, involvement with YMC is open to all transportation professionals in the TRB community; however, our goal is to assist those eligible as "Young Professionals", which is 35 years of age or younger.

YMC Goals:

• Involvement: Providing opportunities for young professionals to get actively involved with TRB.

• Resources: Providing targeted resources geared for young professionals in the form of technical sessions, events, and guides.

• Connections: Providing networking opportunities and connecting young professional peers from around the world.

• Representation: Serving as young professionals' liaison to and from TRB leadership and the research community to address issues of importance to young members.

 For more information on YMC, visit: http://ymc.groupsite.com/main/summary

Amber Woodburn McNair, Ph.D., Featured in Q4 2018 Young Member Spotlight

posted Nov 30, 2018, 5:03 PM by YMC A   [ updated Nov 30, 2018, 5:03 PM ]

Congratulations to Amber for being featured in our Q4 2018 Young Member Spotlight

Chris Groh Featured in Q3 2018 Young Member Spotlight

posted Aug 24, 2018, 12:32 PM by YMC A

Congratulations to Chris Groh, featured in our 
Q3 2018 Young Member Spotlight

Chad A. Willis Featured in Q2 2018 Young Member Spotlight

posted Apr 5, 2018, 3:29 PM by YMC A   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 3:33 PM ]

Congratulations to Chad Willis, featured in our Q2 2018 Young Member Spotlight

Clayton Stambaugh Featured in Q1 2018 Young Member Spotlight

posted Jan 8, 2018, 3:00 PM by YMC A   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 3:00 PM ]

Congratulations to Clayton Stambaugh, featured in our Q1 2018 Young Member Spotlight

Gaël Le Bris Featured in Q4 2017 Young Member Spotlight

posted Oct 3, 2017, 5:52 AM by YMC A   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 5:53 AM ]

Congratulations to Gaël Le Bris, featured in our Q4 2017 Young Member Spotlight

Elham Boozarjomehri Featured in Q3 2017 Young Member Spotlight

posted Jul 17, 2017, 11:52 AM by YMC A   [ updated Jul 17, 2017, 1:00 PM ]

Congratulations to Elham Boozarjomehri, featured in our Q3 2017 Young Member Quarterly Spotlight!

Matt Beamer Featured in Q2 2017 Young Member Spotlight

posted Apr 14, 2017, 6:24 PM by YMC A

Congratulations to Matt Beamer, featured in our Q2 2017 Young Member Quarterly Spotlight!

Eileen Velez-Vega Featured in Q1 2017 Young Member Spotlight

posted Jan 9, 2017, 2:40 PM by YMC A

Congratulations to Eileen Velez-Vega, our first young member featured in the Young Member Quarterly Spotlight!

YMC–A Events at TRB 2017

posted Dec 29, 2016, 3:28 PM by YMC A

Please see the PDF file below for YMC–A events and other aviation-related events scheduled for the 2017 TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., from Sunday January 8, 2017 to Thursday January 12, 2017. Here are a few of the highlights:

YMC-A Sessions:

  • Workshop Session 191: View from the Aviation Trenches: Young Members in Professional Practice, Sunday, 1/8/2016, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, 147B
  • Session 342: More from the Aviation Trenches: Young Members in Professional Practice, Monday, 1/9/2017, 10:15 am – 12:00 pm, 144C
  • Poster Session 679: Current Young Professionals’ Research in Aviation, Tuesday, 1/10/2017, 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm, Hall E
  • YMC-A Meeting, Monday, 1/9/2017, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Marriot Marquis,  Mount Vernon Square (M3)
    • Networking Event Following YMC-A Meeting 


DEADLINE EXTENDED - Call for Student Posters

posted Aug 3, 2016, 2:37 PM by YMC A   [ updated Feb 21, 2018, 4:36 PM ]

The Young Members Council - Aviation (YMC-A) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) is sponsoring a special student poster session at the 96th TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C, between January 8th and January 12th, 2017.

The purpose of this poster session is to highlight research or research-in-progress by graduate students in aviation, engineering, or related fields. This poster session is aligned with the TRB initiative to increase participation of young members in the annual conference.

YMC-A is requesting submittal of 300 word abstracts for posters showcasing student research or research-in-progress in the following fields:

  • Air service: development, challenges;
  • Airports: airport design, airport expansions, airport management, airport pavement;
  • Air transportation: environmental, economic, social impacts;
  • Air traffic control: NextGen, UAS, capacity constraints, demand forecasting;
  • Air cargo/multimodal freight;
  • Industrial/commercial development of airport property;
  • Relationships between airports/airport authorities and local, state and federal governments;
  • Airport access: planning and funding across jurisdictions; or
  • Other topics of relevance

While we welcome submissions from students pursuing an aviation or engineering degree, we also would like to invite non-aviation students from design, planning, public affairs, geography, or related fields to participate. Research can be focused on the U.S. or international aviation issues: international, interstate, and regional comparisons are of interest.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to ymcatrb@gmail.com.  Submittals should also include the poster title, author’s name, contact information, and school affiliation. The deadline for submission is August 15th, 2016. Accepted submitters will be notified via email by September 15th, 2016.

Please note that students presenting posters must register for the annual meeting at www.trb.org.


Questions or comments can be sent to: ymcatrb@gmail.com

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