Cal-Poly Students Succeed in 2013 Internship

Christopher Pittner and Yakov Suvorov  Environmental Design Contest interns.

Christopher Pittner and Yakov Suvorov

The California Polytechnic-San Luis Obispo students Christopher Pittner and Yakov Suvorov finished their internship at NMSU August 30.

However; the interns will not officially finish until September 19 when they present their findings to the U.S Bureau of Reclamation in Denver, CO. They will also be required to complete a report about their progress and experience during the summer program.
For two months, the design contest interns had the opportunity to improve the bench-scale units that were presented during the 2013 competition as well as study issues related to concentrate waste management, the water energy nexus, and sustainable distillation systems.

“We got to meet a lot of really cool and smart people. There is no doubt we learned a lot,” Pittner said.

During their time at NMSU, the interns had the opportunity to get hands-on experience.

“We didn’t get to improve all the units, but we sure got our hands dirty now we know what the next step is,” Suvorov said.

While in New Mexico, the interns created a network that will help them in the future. They received offers from different companies that encouraged them to call them after graduation.

“The senator [Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)] sent us a letter saying how cool our research was. He included his phone number and asked us to call him if we needed anything. We will call him sometime,” Pittner said.

After this experience Pittner and Suvorov are planning to go back to California. Pittner is planning to go back to school.

“I will look at my options for graduate school, I do not know yet what I am going to do,” Suvorov said.

Both the intern students will be participating in next year’s Environmental Design Contest to be held April 6 to 9, 2014. Hosted by New Mexico State University’s Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE), the contest challenges students to solve technical problems ranging from the creation of solar power array to validating water treatment technologies


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