News | October 18, 2012

Teams From The University Of Colorado Boulder And The University Of South Florida Win The 2012 WEF Student Design Competition

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces students from the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of South Florida as winners of the 2012 Student Design Competition. The eleventh annual competition took place this month in New Orleans, La. as part of WEFTEC 2012, WEF's 85th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference.

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.

Members of the University of Colorado Boulder team included Kristin Johansen, Maria Cabeza, Matthew Huntze, Bailey Leppek, Alexandra Murray and faculty advisor Angela Bielefeldt. Members of the University of South Florida team included Micah Blate, Danielle Bertini, Emily Patrick, Lyudmila Haralampieva, Gabriele Dionne and faculty advisor Sarina Ergas. Both teams received certificates and a $2,500 award as announced by WEF Past President Paul Freedman during a ceremony on September 30.

Sponsored by Black & Veatch, CDM Smith, Greeley and Hansen, and HDR Engineers, 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.

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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. For more information, visit

Source: Water Environment Federation