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CEE Alums Place 3rd in WEF Student Design Competition

October 16, 2017

Recent CEE alums Catherine Moskos, Erika Towne and Lindsey Carver competed at the National Water Environment Federation student design competition in Chicago this past October during the the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exhibition and Conference, which is the largest annual water quality event in the world. 

The Northeastern Team placed third in the Wastewater Competition, which saw the participation of 17 teams from across the country and Canada. 

The winning Northeastern team project involved the design and modeling of the Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant (LGSWWTP) in North Vancouver, British Columbia. The technologies chosen and designed for treatment were Integrated Fixed Film Activated Sludge (IFAS) and SHARON, respectively; the selection was accomplished through extensive modeling efforts. Additional sustainability goals were achieved through the recovery of three resources at the site: stormwater, energy, and biosolids. These are recovered through the design of a flow regulator tank and a wetland, production of biogas and biosolids in the anaerobic digesters, and the placement of solar panels on the roof. Multiple features have been incorporated into the design of the LGSWWTP in order to promote community involvement, such as an arrival plaza, a pond, a greenhouse, public benches, public paths, and educational opportunities.

The project was developed during the spring 2017 capstone course under the supervision of Prof. Onnis-Hayden of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department in partnership with CDM-Smith.