New to the Contest?

We have an entire page on our site dedicated to helping new teams get a head start at the contest. We include:

  • philosophy of the contest
  • suggested timelines for working on your project
  • what the judges are looking for, etc.

2022 WERC Team Manual

The Team Manual is your one-stop source for (click arrow):
  • WERC policies
  • Specifications, requirements, and judging rubrics for:
    • Written report
    • Oral presentation
    • Bench-scale demonstration
    • Poster presentation
    • Preparing and submitting the ESP
    • Flash Talks
  • Contingency arrangements, in case travel to the contest is not possible
  • Helpful hints for a successful contest experience.

The 2022 Team Manual supersedes any previous manuals or handbooks.

New For 2022 (click to expand):
  • All teams will submit a preliminary report
  • New economic analysis guidelines follow TEA (Techno-economic Analysis) format
  • TEA and EH&S Short Courses (optional) will be offered
  • New judging rubrics
  • One extra week to submit the technical report
  • Separate Poster Session
  • Teams must post on Social Media and link to their Task Sponsor & WERC


2022 Team ManualDownload PDF


Flash Talk Guidelines

The Flash Talk page contains special information needed to prepare the Flash Talk that is not included in the TEAM manual, including:

  • PowerPoint template
  • Flash Talk updates
  • PowerPoint submission instructions



FAQs for each task will be posted on the 2022 Tasks/FAQs page.

Teams should check FAQs weekly, as updates are often made to tasks.

Teams are responsible for all information posted in the FAQs.

Technical Report Template and Manuscript Preparation

WERC is returning to the traditional double-spaced formatting used at the contest for 30 years.

If your team is selected to publish in IEEE Xplore, we will provide the template.

Safety Guidelines

The ESP applies to all activities that take place in Las Cruces during the April contest.
When at their home university, teams should follow their institution’s laboratory safety policies.

Sample Winning Papers

The technical reports below are those submitted by teams that won first-place awards over the past few years. Each is from a different university, reflecting different styles.
Awards are not based solely on the merits of the technical report, but also include results of the oral, bench, and poster presentations. Therefore, the papers will vary in quality and content. Teams are advised to review all papers and glean the best from each.


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