Teams from Minnesota and Texas Win WEF’s 2016 Student Design Competition

December 13, 2016

Achievements

Student Design Competition judges listen to team presentations during WEFTEC 2016. Photo courtesy of Oscar & Associates.

Student Design Competition judges listen to team presentations during WEFTEC 2016. Photo courtesy of Oscar & Associates.

During WEFTEC® 2016 in New Orleans, teams of university students presented their wastewater and environmental designs for the 15th annual Student Design Competition.

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Member Associations (MAs) host their own Student Design Competitions. Teams are invited to work on a chosen design problem or to bring projects they are currently working on that solve a problem. Winners from the MA-level competitions are selected to compete at WEFTEC.

From left, Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) President-Elect Jenny Hartfelder stands with Katie Stowers, Elizabeth Boddicker, and Rachel Turner, members of the Southern Methodist University (Dallas) team that won in the wastewater design category. Photo courtesy of Oscar & Associates.

From left, Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) President-Elect Jenny Hartfelder stands with Katie Stowers, Elizabeth Boddicker, and Rachel Turner, members of the Southern Methodist University (Dallas) team that won in the wastewater design category. Photo courtesy of Oscar & Associates.

The Southern Methodist University (Dallas) team project, “City of Fort Worth Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility Primary Treatment Upgrades,” won in the wastewater design category. The Water Environment Association of Texas team, whose members were Elizabeth Boddicker, Katie Stowers, Rachel Turner, faculty adviser Patricia Taylor, and team sponsor Julie Ellis.

From left, Hartfelder stands with Zeinab Takbiri, Maria Garcia-Serrana, Anne Wilkinson, and Abby Tomasek, who are members of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Minneapolis) team that won the environmental design category. Photo courtesy of Oscar & Associates.

From left, Hartfelder stands with Zeinab Takbiri, Maria Garcia-Serrana, Anne Wilkinson, and Abby Tomasek, who are members of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Minneapolis) team that won the environmental design category. Photo courtesy of Oscar & Associates.

The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Minneapolis) team project, “A New Tool for the Retrieval of Harmful Algae Concentrations Using Multi-Satellite Observations,” won in the environmental design category. The Central States Water Environment Association team, whose members were Maria Garcia-Serrana, Zeinab Takbiri, Abby Tomasek, Anne Wilkinson, and faculty adviser Michele Guala.

Winners in the wastewater design and environmental design categories received certificates, and their respective MAs each received $2500 awards.

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