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October 21, 2013

Teams from the University of South Florida and the University of British Columbia Win the 2013 WEF Student Design Competition 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces students from the University of South Florida and the University of British Columbia as winners of the 2013 Student Design Competition. The twelfth annual competition took place earlier this month as part of WEFTEC® 2013, WEF's 86th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference. 

The University of South Florida team’s project, “City of St. Petersburg Biogass Utilization Project” won in the wastewater design category and the University of British Columbia team's project, "Microalgae Cultivation and Harvesting: Design of Pilot Facilities at the Annacis Wastewater Academy” won in the environmental design category. This was the third win for the University of South Florida (a Student Chapter of the Florida Water Environment Association) and the first win for the University of British Columbia (a Student Chapter of the British Columbia Water and Waste Association) in twelve 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/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 South Florida team included Nicole Smith, George Dick, Melissa Butcher, Matthew Woodham, and Margaret Cone and their faculty advisor Dr. Sarina Ergas. Members of the University of British Columbia team included Michal Simhon, Christopher Lawson, Connor Wilson, Laith Furatian, and Rony Das and their faculty advisor, Dr. Don Mavinic. Both teams received certificates and a $2,500 award as announced by WEF Past President Jeanette Brown during a ceremony on October 6th. 

The Design Competition was sponsored by Black & Veatch, CDM Smith, Greeley and Hansen, and HDR Engineering, and Parsons Brinckerhoff. This year’s competition was organized by SYPC Design Competition program Chair, Lauren Zuravnsky and Vice Chair, Allison Reinert with assistance from Design Competition program Past Chair Michelle Hatcher and WEF Staff Liaison Dianne Crilley. 

For more details, visit the Public Information page on www.wef.org.

WEFTEC—the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference—is recognized as the world’s largest annual water quality event and provides the latest technologies and services for water environment preservation, restoration, and sustainability. WEFTEC 2013 was held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. from October 5-9, 2013. Visit www.weftec.org for details.

About WEF
Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit www.wef.org.