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TECHxpo

Best Environmental Engineering Booth: A Versatile Solution for Off-Grid Drinking Water Treatment

2014 Best Environmental Engineering Booth "A Versatile Solution for Off-Grid Drinking Water Treatment."

Best Booth

"A Versatile Solution for Off-Grid Drinking Water Treatment"

David Hutchins, Joseph Rowe, Dustin Kaste, Zach Maassen, CJ Kissell

Best Poster

"Nanoscale Magnetite Mediated Arsenic Removal from Water"

Chris Atherly, Joshua Abrahamson, Andrew Penamora, Adrianna Lundberg, Shawn Smith

On Thursday, May 1, 2014, Montana Tech held the Third Annual TECHxpo, a premier event showcasing numerous student research design projects. The Montana Tech Design EXPO exhibits the innovative teamwork of Montana Tech students who have applied academic knowledge to solve many of the world's challenges. Exhibits and technical presentations were included in senior design projects and undergraduate research projects. There were a variety of engineering and sciences booths displaying and poster presentations. Four Environmental Engineering Design Teams participated.

Montana Tech welcomed industry partners, alumni, future engineers (elementary through high school students) and community members for the day-long event to learn about the exciting new research and designs developed by the students in the Montana Tech Colleges of Letters, Sciences & Professional Studies; Highlands College; and the School of Mines & Engineering.

WERC International Design Team Competition

WERC is a consortium of universities and scientific labs focusing on energy. Federally funded, with a mandate to educate as well as perform research, consisting of 20-25 colleges and universities:  Mesa Community College to MIT, Stanford, Cal-Poly. Tasks are distributed in September with reports due mid-March. The contest, held early April, requires:

  • Bench scale model
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster presentation prepared by students
  • Bench scale model resonation to the judges
  • Safety appraisal prepared by students from the Safety, Health and Industrial Hygiene Department
  • Report

Teams are made up of undergraduates and graduates—usually juniors, seniors, and grads. This is an interdisciplinary team of problem solvers from Chemistry, Environmental and General Engineering, Mining, Petroleum, Technical Communications, Metallurgy, Occupational Safety and Health, and Industrial Hygiene disciplines. Students use non-academic skill such as welding, machinist, computer graphics, and AutoCAD as well as academic theories.

The Design Team adheres to the following development process:

  • Research problems and current solutions
  • Interact with faculty and community scientists
  • Brainstorm within the team
  • Plan and build bench scale models
  • Raise funds for the tasks and trip

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