WERC Environmental Design Contest

28th Environmental Design Contest will be held April 8-11, 2018

The WERC Environmental Design Contest is a unique design competition that brings industry, government, and academia together in search for improved solutions to environmental challenges.

Since 1991, the competition has been held annually at the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, drawing hundreds of college students from throughout the United States and around the world. Student teams design solutions for real-world problems and develop fully operational bench-scale models of their technologies.

The teams then communicate their work through a conference-style poster and both written and oral presentations, which they showcase along with the bench scale model before a panel of environmental professionals who judge the contest.  For more information on the contest, links can be found on the right sidebar.

After the contest, WERC provides the judges’ feedback to participants.  Many universities use the contest as part of their capstone design courses. For participating universities, this feedback has become an important part of ABET accreditation. A typical feedback letter can be seen here: Feedback letter and how we believe the contest correlates to ABET requirements can be seen here: ABET_Design Contest.

Industry Call for Tasks

  Track 1:  Industry Need
  Track 2:  Emerging Innovation for Sustainable Land Use Planning
  Track 3: Internet of Things (IOT) for Environmental Applications
  Track 4:  Public Health
  Track 5:  OPEN Tasks

Tasks will be posted by August 15, 2017

Important Dates 

Contest Registration Due November 30, 2017
Entry Fee Due December 15, 2018
Written Report Due March 15, 2018
Safety Summary, MSDS Sheets, and Flow Sheet Due March 22, 2018
Equipment Transportation Form Due March 22, 2018
Opening Ceremonies/Safety Meeting (mandatory) April 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm (MST)


New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces (Directions).  Please be aware that this may change based on the number of teams that register.

Registration Form

Contest Details

General Guidelines


Peer Review Guidelines

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