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A team of environmental engineering students from SMU-Lyle was awarded first place in the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference’s (WEFTEC) 14th annual student design competition. The nationwide competition took place at the 88th Annual WEFTEC on Sunday, September 27, in Chicago, Illinois. The conference sponsored 10 universities from the United States and Canada to present their projects focusing on wastewater engineering design.
As a program of WEF’s Students and 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. The competition tasks individuals or teams of students within a WEF student chapter to prepare a design to solve a local water quality issue. Teams evaluate alternative ideas, perform calculations, and recommend the best solution based on experience, economics, and feasibility in the form of an engineering report and final presentation to industry professionals.
This year, Southern Methodist University’s design team consisted of Kaylee Dusek, Abigail Klaus, and Allison Leopold. All are currently enrolled as environmental engineering Master’s degree students, after graduating in May with undergraduate degrees in environmental engineering. The team competed in April at the Ninth Annual Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) Student Design Competition, held at the 2015 Texas Water Conference, where they won first place in the regional competition. The team presented their project titled, City of Grapevine Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) Master Plan. Their design focuses on upgrading the facility through biological nutrient removal aiding the City of Grapevine to meet more stringent nutrient removal limits for nitrogen and phosphorus while also focusing on opportunity reviews for Type 1 reclaimed water and Class A biosolids. The team then traveled to Chicago in September with SMU Dickey to compete at the national level, where they again won first place. The team’s project was supervised by SMU faculty Dr. Patricia Taylor and Dr. Roger Dickey.