ASPE, IAPMO, MCAA, PHCC and WorldSkills USA will financially support a team of young U.S. volunteers competing in the upcoming WorldSkills Foundation Innovation Challenge set for June 3-5 in Singapore.

William N. Erickson, vice president of ASPE’s Research Foundation, will lead the multi-disciplined team comprised of students and professionals under the age of 26. Sloan Valve also recently made a donation to sponsor the squad.

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Judith Torres, G.E., was tabbed to be the plumbing engineer member of the team and ASPE’s Board of Directors was impressed with Torres’ variety of skills in plumbing system design. The team is rounded out by Nicholas Michalenko (licensed plumber), Sarah Parker (advertising and design student at Appalachian State University) and Tim Murphy (apprentice plumber from Easthampton, Mass.).

“I am extremely excited and encouraged by Team USA; we are in great shape,” Erickson said. “We have solid technicians with loads of experience in these types of competitions and plumbing in general. They are genuinely enthusiastic about the competition.”