In the spirit of educating engineers who are flexible and can rise to ever-changing situations in the workplace, the WERC Environmental Design Contest will celebrate its 30th year by conducting its competition online. The students hav e worked hard on their designs. Some have working prototypes, some have did not complete them before being asked to leave their campuses.
As judges, we ask you to pledge to provide a valuable learning experience to this special group of students who is forging ahead with the contest, in spite of significant obstacles.
- 1 4/13/2020: Judge FAQs for the Virtual Contest
- 2 4/12/2020: Judge FAQs for the Virtual Contest
- 3 4/7/2020: Judge FAQs for the Virtual Contest
- 4 4/6/2020: Judge FAQs for the Virtual Contest
- 5 4/2/2020: Judge FAQs for the Virtual Contest
- 6 3/27/20 Judges—Find the Virtual Contest Team Manual Supplement here:
- 7 3/25/2020 Until further notice, judges will sign into Zoom meetings remotely.
- 8 3/23/2020 GOING VIRTUAL FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY
- 9 Tasks for 2020:
4/13/2020: Judge FAQs for the Virtual Contest
4/12/2020: Judge FAQs for the Virtual Contest
4/7/2020: Judge FAQs for the Virtual Contest
4/6/2020: Judge FAQs for the Virtual Contest
4/2/2020: Judge FAQs for the Virtual Contest
We will be using Zoom Video Conferencing for all virtual events. All Zoom links provided by WERC.
6-10 April: Score oral reports (download student reports from werc.nmsu.edu)
13 April, Monday: Sign in to Zoom Meeting for 3-hours of Oral Presentations (up to 4 teams will join the meeting in 45-minute intervals) (One Zoom link provided by WERC)
14 April, Tuesday: Sign in to four Zoom Meetings to discuss bench-scale models with teams (you will join 4 separate Zoom meetings; Zoom links provided by WERC)
15 April, Wednesday: 9-11 am. Judges’ Zoom meeting to discuss awards (Zoom link provided by WERC).
15 April, Wednesday: noon. Awards Ceremony. Judges are welcome to log in to watch the results. (Zoom link provided by WERC).
3/27/20 Judges—Find the Virtual Contest Team Manual Supplement here:
3/25/2020 Until further notice, judges will sign into Zoom meetings remotely.
At this time, we do not anticipate an on-site location for judges to convene.
3/23/2020 GOING VIRTUAL FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY
We have watched as the COVID-19 outbreak has limited the activities of our registered teams.
To ensure that all teams have the chance to compete in the 30th Environmental Design Contest in a way that keeps everyone safe and healthy, while ensuring that all students have the opportunity to discuss their designs with a team of experienced engineers, be recognized for their achievements, win cash prizes and trophies, and be invited to publish a paper in our IEEE Conference Proceedings, we are transitioning, this year only, to a virtual contest.
Tasks for 2020:
Task 1–Improving PV Module Efficiency Thru Cooling
Task 2–Wireless Soil-Moisture Sensors
Task 3–Heavy Metal Removal via Phycoremediation (Sponsored by Freeport-McMoRan)
Task 4–Fluoride Water Treatment and Recovery (Sponsored by Freeport-McMoRan)
Task 5–Produced Water: Cleanup and Rare Earth Element Recovery
Task 6–Open: Teams identify their own challenge. This year’s topics:
- Mitigation of harmful algal blooms using modified clays
- Using biotechnology to remove selenium from water
- MicroPlastic removal for Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Development of a Bioswale system
- March 25–Submit Doodle poll indicating your availability by this date.
- March 27–Receive task judging assignments and time blocks.
- March 27-April 5:
- Receive and study judging guidelines
- Explore WERC site (werc.nmsu.edu) for team assignments, scoring rubrics, etc.
- Connect with other judges on your judging team, if desired.
- Keep watching the website for updates (https://iee.nmsu.edu/virtual-judging/)
- April 6-10–Log in to werc.nmsu.edu to download and score written reports. Teams will begin submitting reports on Monday, April 6, 11:59 PM. Due to upheaval at the schools, we are allowing reports to be submitted, without penalty, until noon Friday April 10. Please score the reports individually before Monday, April 13.
- April 13, Monday: Watch Oral Presentations and engage in Q/A with the teams. Judges remain logged in to a Zoom meeting for up to 3.75 hours. Teams log in/out in 45-minute intervals during this time period (your assigned time period may be shorter than 3.75 hours).
- April 13, Monday: Download and print teams’ brochures* in preparation for the Bench-scale Discussions. It is not required that you print out the brochures, but it may be easier to have hard copies during the bench-scale discussion, than trying to view them on your computer during a video conference.
- April 14, Tuesday: Join in Bench-Scale Discussions with teams. The student teams will remain logged in for 2.5 hours. You, and 1-2 other judges, will be assigned a time to log in to the team’s video conference site to spend approximately 30 minutes discussing each team’s solutions. You will be assigned to sign in to up to five teams’ 30-minute bench-scale discussions, for a maximum of 2.5 hours.
- April 15, Wednesday, 9-11 am: Log in for discussion of awards with other judges.
- April 15, Wednesday, Noon. Awards Ceremony. All are invited to log in to watch the awards ceremony.
We invite Environmental Professionals to join our team of judges April 6-15, 2020
As a judge, you will:
- help develop the next generation of engineers,
- identify solutions to today’s environmental challenges,
- find prospective employees for your company,
- gain your own professional development as you explore student solutions,
- network with other engineering professionals,
- give back to your community
- Volunteers who attend the contest for four days and provide their own transportation and lodging.
- People who have worked in environmental fields as scientists, engineers, regulatory, and/or public relations liaisons.
- People who want to encourage future engineers and introduce them to new ideas and new ways of thinking