Preview the 2017 Student Design Competition at WEFTEC

By Caroline Pakenham posted 09-03-2017 04:12 PM


The WEF Student Design Competition will be hosting its 16th Annual Event at WEFTEC this year! The competition began in 2002 to promote real-world design experience for students interested in pursuing education and careers in water and wastewater engineering and science. The inaugural competition started with a handful of teams presenting traditional wastewater design projects. Since 2002, the event has grown to include two competitions (traditional wastewater design and environmental design) and a rapid-fire process challenge.

The 2017 competition will feature presentations from 17 schools from 16 different Member Associations in the United States and Canada. Teams of students from 11 universities will present in the Wastewater Design Competition; 6 universities will be represented in the Water Environment Design Competition. Students from both competitions will come together for a rapid-fire process challenge in the afternoon, along with a networking dessert reception and awards ceremony.

“Our goal has been to expand networking opportunities at this year’s competition through the rapid-fire process challenge and dessert reception,” said Lauren Zuravnsky, Chair of the SYPC Student Design Competition Subcommittee. “It’s important for students to have an opportunity to mingle and learn from each other, as well as the water sector professionals in attendance.”

WEF’s Students and Young Professionals Committee encourages you to come cheer on your alma mater or Member Association’s team at this year’s competition. Be sure to explore the full schedule and details of the 2017 competition here

“It’s inspiring and refreshing to attend the Student Design Competition,” said Lauren Zuravnsky, chair of the SYPC Student Design Competition Subcommittee. “You have the opportunity to listen to presentations from students who are excited and enthusiastic about what they are doing.”

Schools participating in this year's competition include:

  • FAMU - FSU       
  • George Mason University
  • University of Utah
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • North Dakota State University   
  • University of Kansas       
  • Southern Methodist University 
  • Manhattan College         
  • University of Idaho         
  • North Carolina State University 
  • University of British Columbia    
  • Northeastern University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Guelph      
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Wisconsin - Platteville         
  • University of South Florida

If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about this year’s competition, contact SYPC Design Competition Chair, Lauren Zuravnsky or Vice Chair, Pono Hanson.