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Environmental Design Teams


Three Environmental Engineering teams attended and competed in the 4th Annual TECHxpo on April 30, 2015

  • A Sustainable Approach to the Treatment of NORM In Produced Waters Associated with Oil and Gas Extraction Brenna Ferko, Samantha Hutcheson, Melissa Kottke, Kelly Doble
  • Electrocoagulation for Sulfate Removal Garrett Craig, Dylan Uecker, Kelly Benton, Terry Biere
  • Electrochemical Demulsification of Oil and Water Erik Faaborg, Matt Abrahamson, James Adamo

Brenna Ferko, Samantha Hutcheson, Melissa Kottke and Kelly Doble’s team won Montana Tech’s Best in Show and Best in the Environmental Department.

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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