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MU team reaches semi-final round of wastewater design competition

A five-member team from the University of Missouri College of Engineering made it to the semi-finalist round of the 2011-2012 AECOM Water Student Design Competition.

MU undergraduate researchers Kristen Powers and Liu Cao, environmental engineering doctoral candidate Shashikanth, biological engineering major Samuel Drysdale, and A&S student John Pershing and worked this semester on a design to improve the economic feasibility of a wastewater treatment process to be more energy sustainable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This is the second year a team from MU has submitted an entry to the competition. Last year, a three-member team also entered a design in the wastewater design category. This year, however, was the first year a team from MU was invited to present their design via teleconference. Six teams gave presentations.

The competition features two design challenges: one water topic and one wastewater topic. Presentations were judged on clarity, evaluation of alternatives, justification for selected technology and overall presentation of report and poster. The winning team from each category — The University of Colorado Boulder, Aqueous Solutions for the wastewater category and Widener University for the water category — will travel to New York to give final presentations. The overall winning presentation receives $2,500 for the team and $2,500 for the faculty adviser.

Although the Mizzou team didn’t advance past the semi-finals, team faculty adviser Enos Innis, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering said the team developed a good “understanding of real-world applications” for the research that is ongoing on MU.

“I am extremely proud of this group and the efforts that each member put into producing an outstanding wastewater design,” he said.

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