We are very proud to announce that the Lyle team of Ruthanne Bruch, Shannon Silveira, and Valerie Lemmons were awarded First Place in the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) National Student Design Competition in New Orleans, LA this past weekend. This winning student team was ably guided and mentored by Lyle Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty members, Dr. Roger Dickey and Professor Fritz Beck. The WEFTEC competition challenged teams to increase the capacity of a particular wastewater treatment facility. The Lyle School team’s winning design was based on an innovative Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) which expanded the treatment plant from its existing 0.3 MGD (million gallons per day) capacity to a 1.6 MGD capacity.  The final project also included a detailed construction sequencing and cost analysis. Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) hosts WEFTEC which is the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world.