California Student Design Competition Winners Head to WEFTEC


CWEA held it’s 2nd Annual Student Design Competition on May 4th at the Orange County Sanitation District. A panel of distinguished CWEA members served as judges and three teams from California universities gave their best pitch for engineering designs. The judges were assembled by WEF Past President Jim Clark from Black & Veatch. The Santa Ana River Basin Section handled local logistics.

San Diego State University was selected as the team to represent California for their project titled: “Salton Sea: Bioremediation of CA’s Largest Lake.

Team members include: Ehrick Costello; Michelle Laurendine; John Ritchey; Sean Monazah Youssefi; and Professor Dr. Christine Dykstra, SDSU.

CWEA Dinner for Students

Join CWEA in celebrating the outstanding San Diego State University students who will represent California this year. This networking dinner is a chance for CWEA members and their guests to get together for a fun night of great food, drinks and fun. Please note: liquor needs to be ordered on your own tab.

Saturday, Sept 21st, 6:30 pm
THE MARQ, 60 W Adams Street

$55 per person. CWEA member and guests are welcome. Please register for dinner.
Sponsors and student team member receive a free pass to this dinner.

Sponsors: San Diego Section; Santa River Basin Section; Flo-SystemsLA County Sanitation DistrictsCarollo;  V&A ConsultingDudekLee & Ro

WEFTEC Chicago

The students and their coach receive an all-expenses paid trip to WEFTEC in Chicago representing California in the international competition on Sunday, September 22nd. Students from across the Federation will present their design projects in both the wastewater and environmental topic areas. For more information, visit the WEF Student Design Competition webpage.

The teams compete on Sunday, September 22nd inside McCormick Place Chicago.

Sponsoring the 2019 California Student Team

If your company or agency can support the CWEA Student Design Competition please get in touch. We have two sponsorship levels, the exclusive Gold level at $1,000 or the Silver level at $650. Your company or agency will be featured in news releases about the San Diego State University and on our SDC program webpage. To contribute please contact Alec Mackie [email protected] or call 510.382.7800 x114.

Student Design Competition 2019

California needs lots of talented, new environmental engineers; the competition gives them first-hand experience in our field.  Let’s promote the profession and our young engineers by supporting Team California at the Student Design Competition.

Also, a special note of thanks to WEF Director Ian Mackenzie for organizing the competition.