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New Mizzou Engineering student organization on tap

Water quality will be the focus of a new Mizzou student organization now in the works.

Prompted by requests from environmental engineers throughout Missouri, MU’s College of Engineering is laying the foundation for a student chapter of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Only two other Missouri universities—the Missouri University of Science and Technology and Washington University in St. Louis—sponsor student chapters of the Washington, D.C.-based international organization, which is dedicated to preserving and improving global water quality.

“We would like to get more students involved in this organization,” said MU environmental engineering Assistant Professor Enos Inniss, who is helping organize and likely will serve as faculty advisor for the new student group. “We want MU students to learn more about what it’s like to work in water quality related jobs and also have a forum in which to meet with practicing professionals.”

Inniss said representatives of the City of Columbia and companies such as Kansas City-based Black & Veatch Corp. and Columbia-based MEC Water Resources have expressed interest in helping establish a student WEF chapter. The student group likely would appeal to biological, civil and chemical engineering undergraduate and graduate students, he said.

Those who do join will benefit from the professional access WEF provides as well as from the student design and employment guidance the group can offer, said Tom Ratzki, a Black & Veatch civil engineer serving as student activities chair for WEF’s statewide organization.

Mizzou probably will launch its student chapter next fall, Inniss said.

Contact Enos Inniss at (573) 882-2041 for more information