Students from the spring 2012 CVEN 4434/5434 Environmental Engineering Design class won the Water Environment Federation (WEF) 2012 Student Design Competition. The project “Broadmoor Park Properties Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade” won in the wastewater design category. The competition took place in October as part of WEF’s 85th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference in New Orleans, La.
The student 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. The University of Colorado Boulder is a student chapter of the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Foundation.
Team members included Kristen Johansen, Maria Cabeza, Matthew Huntze, Bailey Leppek, Alexandra Murray, and faculty advisor Angela Bielefeldt. The team received certificates and a $2500 award.
CEAE assistant professor John McCartney won the Deep Foundations Institute’s 2012 Young Professor Paper Competition for his paper “Strain Distributions in Full-Scale Energy Foundations.” The award will be presented at the DFI Annual Conference in Houston in October 2012.
Three student teams from CVEN 4434 Environmental Engineering Design placed in the 2011-2012 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) University Competition, in the “Airport Environmental Interactions” category. All three teams were advised by CEAE professor Angela Bielefeldt.
Second Place: “LED Runway Lighting for Denver International Airport” – Jeff Sogge, Natalie Bixler, Evan Coffey, Dan Jones, Jon Mandel, Emily Merchant
Third Place (tie): “Aerated Gravel Beds for De-Icing Waste Treatment” - Damien Allen, Andrew DuComb, Patrick Nilan, Brad Eades, Tyler Stevens
and “Improvements to Deicing Environmental Management System at Denver International Airport” – Doug Winter, Nick Dummer, Ethan Boor, Kelley Hestmark, Angela Molli
A team of 5 students in CVEN 4434 Environmental Engineering Design won the AECOM North American Academic Design Competition for their design addressing a wastewater energy and greenhouse gas minimization problem. The team consisted of environmental engineering undergraduate students Joel Jones, Katherine Otero, Samantha Brook, Michelle Sadeghy, and Andrew Safulko and was advised by CEAE professor Angela Bielefeldt.
A team of CU students won the regional Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association/American Water Works Association (RMWEA/RMSAWWA) Student Design Competition in May 2012. The team included environmental engineering undergraduate students Kristin Johansen, Bailey Leppek, Alexandra Murray, and Maria Cabeza-Tedesco and civil engineering graduate student Matthew Huntze. The team completed a design for the Broodmoor Park Properties Wastewater Treatment Plant as part of CVEN 4434/5434 Environmental Engineering Design, taught by CEAE professor Angela Bielefeldt.
The team will advance to the national finals in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 29-October 3, 2012.