The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has announced that students from the University of British Columbia and University of Colorado are the winners of the 2019 Student Design Competition.

The 18th annual competition showcased the innovative ideas of 30 teams from 26 WEF Member Associations and three countries during WEFTEC 2019, WEF’s 92nd annual technical exhibition and conference.

The University of British Columbia team’s project, YVR Airport De-icing Runoff Treatment System, won in the Environmental Design category, and the University of Colorado team’s project, City of Gunnison Wastewater Treatment Plant Renovations for Future Regulatory Compliance, won in the Wastewater Design category. This was the fourth win for the University of British Columbia (British Columbia Water & Waste Association) and the fifth win for University of Colorado (Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association).

As a program of WEF’s Students and Young Professionals Committee, the competition promotes real-world design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in water/wastewater engineering and sciences. Individuals or teams of students within a WEF student chapter are challenged to prepare a design to help solve a local water quality issue. Teams evaluate alternatives, perform calculations, and recommend the most practical solution based on experience, economics, and feasibility.

Members of the University of British Columbia team included Luthfi Subabio, James Craxton, Daniel Luo, Johnson Li, and their faculty adviser, Dr. Noboru Yonemitsu. Members of the University of Colorado team included Powell Hinson, Rachel Knobbs, Lin Ye, Brandon DaSilva, Ryan Smith, and their faculty adviser, Dr. Angela Bielefeldt. Both teams received certificates and their respective member associations will receive a $2,500 award.

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GDH, Greeley and Hansen, Black & Veatch, and CDM Smith sponsored this year’s competition. Click here to learn more about the WEF Student Design Competition.

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