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Spreading the Reach of Operations Challenge

January 31, 2018

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Orren West rises through the ranks while contributing to the competition Orren West Jr. believes in Operations Challenge. Staying involved in the competition has helped him rise through the ranks in his career, an experience West wants to pass along to his fellow operators. “I have experienced, personally, professional growth through Ops Challenge, and I […]

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Texas Teams Earn First in 30th Operations Challenge

December 28, 2017

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WEF introduces the top teams in every category Members of the 44 Operations Challenge teams competing at WEFTEC 2017 entered McCormick Place in Chicago with their sights set on winning. In addition to overall Division 1 or Division 2 awards, teams vied for top spots in the competition’s five events: Process Control, Laboratory, Safety, Godwin […]

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Canadian and Coloradan Teams Win 2017 Student Design Competition

November 30, 2017

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Student Design Competition judge Laurissa Cubbage from HDR (Omaha, Neb.) talks to a team after their presentation at WEFTEC 2017. Photo courtesy of Oscar and Associates.

Teams from the University of Guelph (Ontario) and the University of Colorado, Boulder, walked away from the 2017 Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Student Design Competition as winners. A record number of teams from 17 schools representing 16 different WEF Member Associations participated in the competition, held during WEFTEC 2017. The University of Guelph […]

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$10 Million George Barley Water Prize Competition Names Stage 1 Winners

July 14, 2017

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At a ceremony held March 22 by the Everglades Foundation (Palmetto Bay, Fla.), Prashanth Kumar of overall Stage 1 winning team WETSUS NaFRAd (third from left) accepts $25,000 in prize money alongside (from left) Mary Barley, wife of late conservationist George Barley; Nathalie Olijslager-Jaarsma, consul-general of the Netherlands; and Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg. Photo courtesy of Jenny Abreu Photography.

Stage 1 of the Everglades Foundation’s (Palmetto Bay, Fla.) George Barley Water Prize competition is complete. Three teams continue on their journey toward one earning a $10-million prize, which will be awarded to the creator of a lasting, scalable, and cheap solution to reducing high phosphorus content in waterways. From July 2016 through January 2017, […]

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Students Bring New Water Research to U.S. SJWP Competition

June 14, 2017

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High school students who have completed advanced water research will gather at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte this month for the 2017 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition. A total of 59 students representing 48 U.S. states and Puerto Rico were selected to compete for the 2017 national award. Each year, a […]

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Students Invited To Submit Research for the U.S. SJWP Competition

March 17, 2017

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is accepting entries for the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize. The competition brings high school students who have conducted water research projects together for the chance to earn a trip to the international SJWP competition in Stockholm. Any high school student in grades 9 through 12, who has […]

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Hackers Attack Model Water Treatment Facility in Cybersecurity Competition

March 9, 2017

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Cal Poly Pomona Professor Dan Manson (third from left) stands with students, from left, Jose Ybanez, Raissa Englehard, Nate Hom, and Joe Needleman. The students built a device that replicated the functions of a water-treatment plant for the Passcode Cup cybersecurity competition. Photo courtesy of Tom Zasadzinski.

‘Capture-the-flag’ challenge alludes to potential vulnerabilities in the water sector A miniature-sized mock water treatment facility was the target of cyberattacks at the first-ever Passcode Cup hacking competition. A network security challenge using a computer simulation based on the traditional “capture-the-flag” team game was held in Washington, D.C. as a training opportunity for future cybersecurity […]

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Veterans of U.S. Ops Challenge Take Home International Win from Open German Championship in Wastewater Technology

July 28, 2016

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A U.S. team of water sector professionals took home a first place win from an international competition modeled after Operations Challenge, a Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) contest for water treatment professionals. During the international trade fair, IFAT 2016, held May 30–June 3 in Munich, DWA (Hennef, Germany) – the German Association for Water, […]

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