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.
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.
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.