About the Course

Senior ProjectC/EVEN 5/4434 is the capstone design course for EVEN seniors. Students choose a single project from a set spanning all areas of environmental engineering: water, energy, developing communities, applied ecology, hazardous waste and air quality. The project team executes the semester-long project in three phases:

1) project proposal,
2) alternatives assessment and
3) preliminary design.

Each project is an authentic, current project with client, technical advisor and industry mentor. Each phase of the project culminates in a written deliverable and oral presentation. Many of the projects are associated with national competitions.

There are three major course outcomes:

  • Work as a team to solve a large, authentic engineering problem using all your skills.
  • Design a complete system after having evaluated alternatives on a standardized triple bottom line basis.
  • Communicate your design in written reports and oral presentations.

C/EVEN 5/4434 Spring 2019 Syllabus

Process From Start to Finish

  1. Projects are presented to class. Students vote which project they would most like to work on and are assigned to projects and teams.
  2. Teams create written proposal for project and present on their proposal.
  3. Teams complete exhaustive alternatives assessments and present/report on their findings. Teams defend which alternative is best fit to meet project goal.
  4. Teams create preliminary design to meet project goal. Teams present and report on finished product. 

Example Projects

  • Designing a Sustainable Water System for Remote Communities
  • Investigation Water Savings Opportunities for Cooling Towers via Replacement, Recovery and Treatment
  • Designing a Sustainable Microgrid for Mulit-family Affordable Housing
  • Chlorinated Solvent Remediation
  • FAA Design Competition for Universities: Control of Deicing Chemicals at Denver International Airport
  • WEF Student Design Competition: Biosolids: Digestion, Dewatering, and Handling Evaluation and Design for Parker, CO
  • 20-year Masterplan for Denver Water's 280 MGD Foothills Plant
  • Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project: Cutter Lateral Water Treatment Plant

EVEN Design Course
Student Design Competitions 2009- 2018

Sixteen National or North American Awards, Nine Rocky Mountain Regional Awards

    2018

    • First Place, Water Environment Federation Student Design Competition, New Orleans, LA; ”Enhancing Nutrient Removal at Boulder’s 75th St. Wastewater Treatment Facility.” (Regional and National awards)

    2017

    • First Place, Water Environment Federation Student Design Competition Competition, Chicago, IL; ”Biolsolids Digestion, Dewatering, and Handling Alternatives Assessment.”  (Regional and National awards)  
    • First Place, FAA Airport Cooperative Research Program Competition Environmental Interactions at Airports; “Control of Deicing Chemicals at Airports Using Subterranean Aerated Gravel Beds.” (National award)

    2016

    • First Place, FAA Airport Cooperative Research Program Competition Environmental Interactions at Airports; “Mycoremediation Applications for Stormwater Management.” (National award)
    • Third Place, Water Environment Federation Student Design Competition; “Northern Wastewater Reclamation Facility Expansion for Parker Water and Sanitation District.” (first place Regional and third place National)
    • First & Second Place, RMSWEA Student Design Competition; “Northern Wastewater Reclamation Facility Expansion for Parker Water and Sanitation District.” two teams - (Regional awards)

    2015

    • Second Place, RMSWEF Student Design Competition; “Frisco Sanitation District Senior Design Project” (Regional award)
    • Third Place, RMSWEF Student Design Competition; “Boulder 75th Street Wastewater Treatment Facility Phosphorus Removal and Recovery” (Regional award)

    2014

    • First Place, FAA Airport Cooperative Research Program Competition Environmental Interactions at Airports; “Twice Repurposed Crumb Rubber as a Jet Fuel Solidifier.”  (National award)
    • Third Place, FAA Airport Cooperative Research Program Competition Environmental Interactions at Airports; “Fuel Containment Channels at Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE).”  (National award)
    • Second Place, RMSWEF Student Design Competition; “Robert W. Hite Treatment Facility: A Boulder Approach to Advanced Phosphorus Removal” (Regional award)

    2013

    • Second Place, FAA Airport Cooperative Research Program Competition Environmental Interactions at Airports; “Fuel Spill Containment at Bozeman International Airport and LED Runway and Taxiway Lighting Powered with On-Site Solar Panels” two teams - (National Award)
    • Third Place, Water Environment Federation Student Design Competition; Arsenic Removal Project for 75th Street Wastewater Treatment Facility at Boulder, Colorado; CU Team CVC.” (First place regional and third place national)
    • Second Place, Water Environment Federation Student Design Competition; Arsenic Removal Project for 75th Street Wastewater Treatment Facility at Boulder, Colorado; CU Team Berber Water.” (Regional award)

    2012

    • First Place, Water Environment Federation Student Design Competition; “Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Plant for Broadmoor Park community. 0.06 MGD.” (First place regional and national)
    • First Place, AECOM Student Design Competition; “Upgrade wastewater treatment plant to achieve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions.” (North American award)
    • Semi-Finalists, AECOM Student Design Competition; “Treat drinking water to remove naturally occurring radionuclides.” (North American award)
    • Second Place, FAA Airport Cooperative Research Program Competition Environmental Interactions at Airports; “Design energy-efficiency changes for non-terminal areas at Denver International Airport.” (National award)
    • Third Place, FAA Airport Cooperative Research Program Competition Environmental Interactions at Airports; “Design improved treatment of aircraft deicing waste for Denver International Airport.” (National award)
    • Third Place, FAA Airport Cooperative Research Program Competition Environmental Interactions at Airports; “Design improved stormwater system for Anchorage International Airport.” (National award)

    2011

    • First Place, AECOM Student Design Competition; “Design a 10 MGD upgrade for drinking water treatment facility that requires softening.” (North American award)

    2010

    • Semi-Finalist, AECOM Student Design Competition; “Design an upgrade for a 10 MGD surface water treatment facility to remove pesticides.” (North American award)

    2009

    • First Place, Water Environment Federation Student Design Competition; “Design upgrade to the Denver Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant including nutrient removal.” (First place Regional and national)

     

    Example of Companies

    National Organizations

     

    Federal Aviation   NRL   

    Water Environment Federation

     

    Utilities/Local Governments

    City of Boulder Logo   Denver Water Logo  
    Parker Water Logo   Town of Erie Logo         

    Companies

    Centura Health Logo   Eagle Environmental Consulting Logo    IBM logo  

     Icast Logo   Tetra Tech Logo

     

    Local Organizations

    Boulder County Public Health LogoUniversity of Alaska Logo


    EVEN Design Course Competition Examples

    2018

    WEFTEC 2018EVEN team “Curatio Engineering” has taken first place at the 2018 Water Environment Federation Design Competition in New Orleans, LA, for its submission, Enhancing Nutrient Removal at Boulder’s 75th St. Wastewater Treatment Facility​.

     

     

     

    2017

    IIB Consulting Senior Design TeamEVEN student design team IIB Consulting took home first place in the ACRP University Design Competition. The team’s design proposal won for its submission, Control of Deicing Chemicals at Airports Using Subterranean Aerated Gravel Beds, in the Airport Environmental Interactions design challenge category. Read more...

    2016

    National WEFTEC Student Design CompetitionSenior Design Team “GBL Engineering” wins 3rd place at national WEFTEC Student Design Competition for Parker Water & Sanitation District’s North Water Reclamation Facility Expansion. The team previously was awarded first place at RMSAWWA/RMWEA design competition. Read more...

     

    ARCP CompetitionSenior Design Team “S3” wins first place at ARCP Competition for its submission, Mycoremediation Applications for Stormwater Management in the Airport Environmental Interactions design challenge category. Read more...

     

    RMSAWWA/RMWEA Student Design Competition!Senior Design Team “HNS” wins second place at RMSAWWA/RMWEA student design completion for its submission for Parker Water & Sanitation District’s North Water Reclamation Facility Expansion. Read more...

     

    2014

    FAA Design CompetitionSenior Design Team wins first place at FAA  (Federal Aviation Administration) Design Competition for Universities under the Environmental Interactions category for Denver International Airport and its design titled, “Twice Repurposed Crumb Rubber as a Jet Fuel Solidifier.” Read more... 

     

    Faculty Advisors

    Angela BielefeldtAngela Bielefeldt

    Serving as project principal for projects relating to water resource, water treatment, remediation, etc.

     

    Mike WalkerMike Walker

    Serving as project principal for projects relating to clean energy, air quality, etc.