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Students from University of Colorado Boulder, University of South Florida win 2012 WEF Student Design Competition

October 19, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Student teams from the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of South Florida were named winners of the 2012 Student Design Competition at the Water Environment Federation’s 85th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).

The University of Colorado Boulder team’s project “Broadmoor Park Properties Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade” won in the wastewater design category, and the University of South Florida team''s project “Ragan Park” won in the environmental design category.

This was the second win for the University of Colorado Boulder (a student chapter of the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association) and the second win for the University of South Florida (a student chapter of the Florida Water Environment Association) in eleven years.

A program of the WEF Students & Young Professionals Committee (SYPC), the Student Design Competition promotes real world design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in water/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.

Both teams received certificates and a $2,500 award as announced by WEF Past President Paul Freedman during a ceremony on Sept. 30.