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NDSU students make impacts at WEFTEC 2013

The 86th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC 2013) was held between October 5th and 9th in Chicago. A total of 14 NDSU American Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation (AWWA/WEF) Student Chapter members attended, making them the largest student delegation. Students attended technical sessions, the technology and equipment exhibition, a career fair and various activities designed for students and young professionals.
The NDSU design team competed in the Student Design Competition and won third place in the Environmental Design category with a cash award of $1,000. Team members included Erin Mattern, Weston McGruder, Michael Quamme, Jacob Strombeck, Tanush Wadhawan, and Kevin Young. This year, the team took on the challenge of finding an environmentally friendly solution for American Crystal Sugar Company’s spoiled sugar beets problem. Their engineering solutions including combined solid and liquid digestion and methane gas recovery are presented in the report “Sustainable Solution for Industrial Sugar Beet Spoilage for American Crystal Sugar Company.”
The Engineers without Borders (EWB) team, composed of Rachel Freed, Ryan Frolek, Kevin Kruger, Chris Larson, Paige Mortenson, and Amanda Weber, presented a poster on one of their projects. The poster titled “Engineering Outside Our Comfort Zone” presented a water supply project the team worked on for a small village in Guatemala. All students from NDSU participated in the Service Project, building two rain gardens on the playground of an elementary school in Chicago.  This annual event organized by the WEF Young Profession/Student (YP) Committee was initiated by Haley Falconer (Haley Watson, CE 2005) in 2007.  Eric Dodds (CE 1998 BS, and 2000 MS) is the 2012-2013 YP Committee Chair and Haley Falconer will be the Chair for 2013-2014.