The Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA) is hosting a Student Design Competition (SDC) at the state level.  The competition will be held during IWEA’s annual Illinois Wastewater Professionals Conference, April 25-27, 2022.  The winner of this competition will receive a cash prize, a travel allowance, and the opportunity to compete in the national SDC at WEFTEC2022 in New Orleans!  

The IWEA SDC is intended to promote a “real world” design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in wastewater, water resources and environmental engineering.  This competition tasks teams to design a problem statement and present a project solution meeting the requirements of the problem that they have worked on as a team.  This competition is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students.  Students who are completing a capstone project or a design course can use that work as a submission, as well.

The Water Environment Federation Website has more information on the Student Design Competition. Please contact Yvonne Lefler with any questions.


Last year's Compeitition featured:

First Presentation: 
Village of Maeystown Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements 
by SIUE Env Group from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Emily Fortschneider
Corynn Henrichs
Anya Beuhler
Tyler Heath
Faculty Advisor: Jianpeng Zhou

Second Presentation:
Implementation of a Small-Scale Anaerobic Digester at Plant Chicago
by LUC Anaerobic Digester Senior Capstone from Loyola University
Valentine Geze
Anna Zachary
Brooke McDonald
Faculty Advisor: Gaj Sivandran

Bonus Presentation:
Storing Heat: A Step Towards Energy Neutral Water Treatments Plants
by Arpit Kumar Dwivedi from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign