Environmental engineering seniors Eric Millinger, Lauren Schmeisser, Daniela Castanada, and Bryn Bel won first place in a national student design competition with the water softening process they developed to upgrade a Midwestern drinking water treatment plant. It was the second time that CU students have taken first place in the competition, which is sponsored by AECOM.
During the semester, the team completed an alternatives assessment and preliminary design as part of the EVEN senior design course taught by Angela Bielefeldt. The CU team was then chosen from a field of 15 teams working on two different design problems. As one of five semi-finalists, the students participated in a video interview with AECOM's New York office, and then traveled to New York City to face one other team in the final round.