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NMSU to host 29th annual Environmental Design Contest April 9NMSU to host the 29th annual WERC Environmental Design Contest April 9.

  • By Mona Elshinawy
  • 575-646-8171
  • Apr 03, 2019

WHAT: 29th annual Environmental Design Contest

WHO: Industry, government and undergraduate students nationwide

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9

WHERE: New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road

VISUALS: Student teams and fully operational bench-scale models of developed technologies

The New Mexico State University College of Engineering will host the 29th annual WERC Environmental Design Contest April 9. The event brings together industry, government and academia in the search for solutions to the world’s environmental challenges.

The contest is structured to give student groups from across the country an opportunity to exchange information and participate in a national environmental design competition. Throughout the multi-day contest, participating teams present their work through a conference-style poster session, and both written and oral presentations, which they showcase along with the bench-scale model before a panel of environmental professionals who serve as judges for the contest.

This year’s competition will bring more than 160 university students and faculty from across the country to Las Cruces. The teams will compete with their innovative solutions for:

-Microbial check valve for spacecraft potable water systems 
-Industrial stack exhaust emissions testing using drone technology 
-Selenium water treatment and recovery
-Recovery of water and salt from hypersaline mine water using freeze crystallization
-Removal and reuse of phosphorus as fertilizer from confined animal feeding operation runoff 
-Open task for which students can choose their own environmental issue to address.

The public is invited to attend the competition to see live, bench-scale testing of student-developed technologies from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The event is free.