The WEF Students and Young Professionals Committee welcomed 22 schools representing 20 Member Associations and 3 countries to the Student Design Competition on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.

2018 Student Design competition team map

The event promotes real-world design experience for students pursuing education or careers in water and wastewater engineering and science. Student teams or individuals prepared a design to help solve a water quality issue and presented their project to a panel of judges.

The competition tasks students to prepare and present a design that helps solve a water quality issue. Teams evaluate alternative ideas, perform calculations, and recommend solutions in the form of an engineering report and presentation. WEF hosts two different competitions at WEFTEC: Wastewater Design and Environmental Design.


See the winners and video of the event below.

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This popular competition promotes real-world design experience as teams of students prepare environmental and wastewater designs to help solve local water quality issues.

2018 Water Environment Competition winners

  1. University of British Columbia (British Columbia Water and Waste Association)
  2. University of Tennessee – Knoxville (Kentucky–Tennessee Water Environment Association)
  3. Northeastern University (New England Water Environment Association)
  4. National University of Singapore (WEF– Environmental Engineering Society of Singapore)


2018 Wastewater Competition winners

  1. University of Colorado – Boulder (Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association)
  2. University of South Florida (Florida Water Environment Association)
  3. Utah State University (Water Environment Association of Utah)
  4. University of Idaho (Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association)

Congratulations to the winners and all the participants.

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