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The 30th Environmental Design Contest –The Ultimate Engineering Capstone Event– April 5-8, 2020
Join an elite group of university students, faculty, and environmental professionals who are working together to change the world in the ultimate engineering capstone event!
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WERC Winners 1st-MTech-Task 3-03
WERC Winners 1st-UArk-Task 4-04
WERC Winners 1st-OhioU-Task 5-05
WERC Winners 1st-NMSU-Task 6-06
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WERC Winners 3rd-UCRiv-Task 6-02
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WERC Winners 2nd-UArk-Task 5-04
WERC Winners Peer-CalPoly-Task 6-05
WERC Winners Peer-UIdaho-Task 1-06
WERC Winners Freeport-LSU-Task 5-07
WERC Winners WERC P2-UTEP-Task 6-08
WERC Winners Peer-UNH-Task 6–09

About the Contest

Each year since 1991, students competing in the WERC Environmental Design Contest are awarded over $25k in cash prizes for their solutions to engineering tasks posed by industry partners and government agencies.

Students hone their teamwork skills while solving challenging problems. Their solutions are judged through research papers, oral presentations, and bench-scale demonstrations. At the contest, they have opportunities to network with experts from academia, government, and industry.

Get Involved in 2020!

Join a team of students:  Ask a faculty member at your college/university to gather/sponsor a team.

• Become a Sponsor:  Sponsor environmental engineering education, with the option to submit your company’s idea for a task.

• Become a Judge:  Mentor the next generation of professionals and meet top students to recruit to your company.

• Become a Faculty Advisor: Form teams of your students to compete in challenging real-world capstone projects that satisfy ABET outcomes and are judged by impartial engineering professionals.

  • Team registration opens November 2019
  • Tasks for 2020 will be posted by August 2019.
  • Competition held April 5-8, 2020 in Las Cruces, NM

WERC History

The WERC program originally began as the Waste-management Education Research Consortium and partnered with NM research universities, Sandia National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Dine College.

Administratively located at New Mexico State University, the program focused on the development of comprehensive and innovative solutions to world-wide environmental challenges.

In 2016, the WERC Design Contest became part of the College’s official outreach division where it continues to address multidisciplinary water, energy, and environmental outreach services to the nation and the world through dynamic leadership, technology advancement, industrial/academic/governmental partnerships, and workforce readiness.

2019 Gold Sponsor

2019 Silver Sponsors


For More Information:

Mona Elshinawy, Ph.D
Research Engineer
Engineering New Mexico Resource Network

College of Engineering

Telephone: 575-646-8171

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