Nation's Number One Civil Engineering School Switches to MWH Soft Technology

Sept. 22, 2005
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Selects InfoSWMM Suite for Its Urban Hydrology and Hydraulics Course, Developing Professional Skills to Meet Wastewater Industry Demands

MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, announced the prestigious Civil Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has opted to use InfoSWMM Suite to teach its students the fundamentals of urban drainage systems analysis and design. InfoSWMM will replace modeling software currently used in the Department's Urban Hydrology and Hydraulics course and will also be used to support its world-class research activities on hydraulic transients in sewer systems. The selection is the latest reflection of MWH Soft's market-leading momentum in advanced geocentric hydraulic infrastructure modeling solutions in North America.

Ranked number one in the country in undergraduate and graduate civil engineering programs by “U.S. News & World Report,” UIUC has a rich and extraordinary tradition of excellence in engineering education and research. The prominent Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering (EHHE) Graduate Program (formerly Hydrosystems Engineering Graduate Study Program) within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been a world leader in education and research for over half a century. The program covers a range of water transport, distribution and storage topics in the global environment.

"We teach our students to solve real-world design problems using leading-edge techniques and solutions," said Dr. Arthur R. Schmidt, P.E., the Urban Hydrology and Hydraulics class instructor and a leading international authority in hydrosystems engineering. "That benefits not only our students, but their future employers."

"As a major force in the wastewater industry, we are pleased to see so many distinguished institutions incorporating our software into their curricula," said Killian R. Tobin, P.E., Client Service Manager and Urban Drainage Modeling Specialist for MWH Soft. "Because our software combines many powerful capabilities with an intuitive interface, it enables students to transform their knowledge into tangible engineering achievements that better prepare them for the job market. The UIUC civil engineering school consistently ranks number one because it employs the best faculty and chooses the best tools to support its curriculum. We are thrilled to be working with these engineering leaders, and look forward to a long and vital collaboration."

As a complete urban drainage modeling tool, InfoSWMM is the ultimate teaching and research solution for civil and environmental engineering students. Its comprehensive and industry-leading functionality, reliability, quality and ease of use allow them to quickly construct and analyze representative models of actual sanitary, storm and combined sewer collection systems, then use those models to improve system reliability and performance. InfoSWMM's state-of-the-art computational capabilities let students develop and evaluate a range of sound, cost-effective design, rehabilitation and operational strategies in a very short time. The innovation behind InfoSWMM and its momentum in the marketplace make it an essential addition to university engineering curricula.

"The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is the undisputed leader in civil engineering education," said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D, President and COO of MWH Soft. "It closely monitors the changing technological needs of the industry and prepares its students to satisfy those needs, benefiting everyone involved. MWH Soft applauds the university's commitment to providing a rich education to its students and its exemplary dedication to the civil and environmental engineering community. We are honored and proud that UIUC has selected InfoSWMM to help shape the next generation of engineering leaders and beyond."

Source: MWH Soft