Writer: Emilee Cantrell
Nineteen teams from across the country and around the world will compete in the 2014 WERC Environmental Design Contest April 6-9. Teams will demonstrate their environmental solutions to real-world problems on Tuesday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The event is free and all are welcomed to attend.
The competition brings together industry, government and academia in the search for environmental solutions to real-world environmental challenges. This year teams can choose from one or more of the following tasks: drinking water stabilization, power point for tracking solar energy, solar brine concentrator and floating solar cells. In addition to these, students may opt to identify an environmental issue of their choosing. The teams will also demonstrate a working bench-scale model of the processes they develop.
The competition has been held annually since 1991 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. The core focus is on energy, water and environment. Teams prepare four different presentations including written, oral, poster and bench-scale model. They compete for recognition, awards, travel opportunities and cash prizes. First place per task wins $2,500 and second place per task wins $1,000.
The contest has been held annually since 1991 and was started by Abbas Ghassemi, director of WERC and the Institute of Energy and the Environment, part of the College of Engineering. Visit http://www.ieenmsu.com/werc-2/design-contest-2014/schedule/ for a complete schedule of events.