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The WERC Environmental Design Contest-An Educational Opportunity of a Lifetime

Students work on real-world tasks designed by our partners in industry and government.

The 45-minute webinars introduce you to the WERC Environmental Design Contest. Faculty will share with you the "whys" and "hows" of getting involved with the contest. Government and industry partners describe how the real-world tasks are developed and how teams are mentored by top professional engineers.

Attending one webinar should provide the information you need.

2023 Tasks:

  • Environmental Justice: Rural Water Reuse
  • Vehicle-to-Grid Resiliency
  • Mitigating Evaporation in Mining Waters
  • Microplastics: Detection and Quantification
  • Recovering Ammonia from Produced Water
  • NASA Task (TBA)
  • Open Task

 

Click for the recording of the WERC Informational Webinar-8-10-22

Bench-scale Project

July 20, 2022

12:00 PM Mountain time

Speakers:
  • EPA Office of R&D: Michael Jahne
  • WERC Environmental Design Contest: Mike Hightower
  • El Paso Electric Company: James Pleasant II
  • Faculty:
    • Louisiana State University: John Pardue
    • University of Idaho: Matt Bernards
    • Ohio University: Darin Ridgway

Topics:

  • Getting involved
  • Advantages of participation
  • Strategies for participation

Please join us at the August 10 session

Drone Photo

August 10, 2022

12:00 PM Mountain time

Speakers:

  • EPA Office of R&D: Michael Jahne
  • El Paso Electric Company: James Pleasant II
  • Faculty:
    • University of Idaho: Matt Bernards
    • Michigan Technological University: Audra Morse
    • Ohio University: Dan Gulino

Topics:

  • Getting involved
  • Advantages of participation
  • Strategies for participation

Webinar Recording ▸

More About the Contest

Students participating in the last 33 years of the contest have gone on to work at the EPA, become university professors, manage engineering firms and government agencies, and much more. Their memories of the WERC Environmental Design Contest brings them back as consultants, judges, and sponsors. 

The contest is modeled after an engineering RFP, and focuses on preparing students to enter the workforce. Students build a working bench-scale apparatus, develop written and oral presentation skills, hone their teamwork skills, and learn to discuss their designs with professional engineers.