The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces students from the University of Wyoming and the University of Florida as winners of the 2011 Student Design Competition. The 10th annual competition took place last month in Los Angeles as part of WEFTEC.11, WEF's 84th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference.
The University of Wyoming team’s project, “Preliminary Design for Upgrading the Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant for Phosphorus Removal,” won in the wastewater design category, and the University of Florida team's project, "Storm Water Cycling Design Options in an Urban Industrial Watershed,” won in the environmental design category.
This was the first win for the University of Wyoming and the sixth win for the University of Florida in 10 years.
A program of the WEF Students & Young Professionals Committee (SYPC), the competition promotes real-world design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in water and wastewater engineering and sciences. It tasks individuals or teams of students within a WEF student chapter to prepare a design to help solve a local water quality issue. Teams evaluate alternatives, perform calculations and recommend the most feasible solution based on experience, economics and feasibility.
Members of the University of Wyoming team included Darrin Harris, Emily Huth, Colin Reinert, Afiya Walker and their faculty advisor Jonathan Brant, Ph.D. Members of the University of Florida team included Javier Briz, Jake Diamond, Emily Henderson, Xavier Rios, Jackie Martin, Robert Compton, Yuan Gan, Mallory Peterson and their faculty advisor, John Sansalone, Ph.D., P.E. Both teams received certificates and a $2,500 award.
Sponsored by Black & Veatch, CDM, Greeley and Hansen, HDR, and Wigen Water Technologies, this year’s competition was organized by SYPC design competition program Chair Lauren Zuravnsky with assistance from former Chair Michelle Hatcher and WEF Staff Liaison Dianne Crilley.