The 21st International Environmental Design Contest was held at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, NM. The contest asked students to solve technical problems ranging from CO2 emissions to disinfecting rural water sources. Based on a couple of decades of experience, the proposed solutions provided opportunities to address concerns about industrial pollution and post-crisis pressures.
Event contestants traveled from around the U.S. and Canada to showcase their innovative solutions at the four-day event. Teams from fourteen different universities competed in 2011, with industry professionals from locations such as Intel, Sandia National Labs, and Los Alamos National Labs judging the competition. Speakers included John Peichel, Global Product Manager of GE Water & Process Technologies, and Ricardo Jacquez, Dean of the College of Engineering at NMSU.
The contest was sponsored by the State of New Mexico, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Intel Corporation, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.