WERC’s Environmental Design Contest is a unique event that brings industry, government, and academia together in the search for improved solutions to environmental challenges.
Since 1991, the competition has been held annually at the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, drawing hundreds of college students from throughout the United States and around the world. Student teams design solutions for real-world problems and develop fully operational bench-scale models of their technologies.
The teams then communicate their work through a conference-style poster and both written and oral presentations, which they showcase along with the bench scale model before a panel of environmental professionals who judge the contest. For more information on the contest links can be found on the right side bar.
After the contest, WERC provides the judges’ feedback to participants. Many universities use the contest as part of their capstone design courses. For participating universities, this feedback has become an important part of ABET accreditation. A typical feedback letter can be seen here: Feedback letter and how we believe the contest correlates to ABET requirements can be seen here: ABET_Design Contest.
Here’s a short video describing one of our prior contests: