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.

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.

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.

If you’re at WEFTEC, the teams compete on Sunday, September 22nd inside McCormick Place Chicago.

Also, a special note of thanks to WEF Director Ian Mackenzie for organizing the competition. If you know a great college team we should invite to next year’s competition or wish to volunteer as a judge, please contact

Sponsoring the 2019 California Student Design Competition


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 $2,000 or the Silver level at $750.

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 or call 510.382.7800 x114.

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