Students Design Wastewater Solutions

2020 competition showcases growth in field

Students from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and The Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Co.) came up with innovative wastewater solutions in a recent 2020 event, exhibiting promise for those in a field we’ve covered increasingly over the past five years.

In the Water Environment category, Guelph was followed by Northeastern University in second place, the University of Victoria (Australia) in 3rd, and the University of Virginia in fourth.

In the Wastewater category, the Colorado School of Mines beat out University of Vermont students (2nd), Northwestern University (3rd), and Milwaukee School of Engineering (4th).

The 19th annual Student Design Competition was commissioned by WEF (Water Environment Federation) with help and participation from member associations across the world.

The competition showcased the innovative ideas of 27 teams from 22 WEF Member Associations and five countries.

As a program of WEF’s Students & Young Professionals Committee, the competition promotes real-world design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in water/wastewater engineering and sciences. Individuals or teams of students were challenged to prepare a design to help solve a local water quality issue. Teams evaluated alternatives, perform calculations, and recommend the most practical solution based on experience, economics, and feasibility. 

The University of Guelph team won the Environmental Design category with their project titled Innovative Stormwater Management in the City of Richmond Hill, Mill Pond. Members of the team are Rebecca Bar, Rebecca Beutel, Acacia Markov, and Justin Salvucci, and the faculty advisor is Jana Levison. The team represented the Water Environment Association of Ontario.

The Colorado School of Mines team won the Wastewater Design category with their project titled Nutrient Optimization for Municipal Wastewater Utilities in Colorado. Members of the team are Gillian Allison, Kelsey Buechler, Tori Heckart, Kayla Hubbard and Kate Stephens, and the faculty advisor is Chris Bellona. The team represented the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association.

Both teams received award plaques and their respective Member Associations will receive a $2,500 award. 

Click here to learn more about the WEF Student Design Competition.

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