The Water Environment Federation (WEF) issued a press release officially announcing the winners of the 13th annual WEF Student Design Competition, which took place on September 28th during WEFTEC 2014 (their annual conference and technical exhibition).

University of South Florida’s team won the wastewater design category, while University of British Columbia won the environmental design category.

As part of our sponsorship of WEF’s Students and Young Professionals programming, Bentley is pleased to help support the competition—which utilizes real-world water quality issues to encourage students to develop a solution to a local problem. Developing alternatives, performing the necessary calculations, and recommending the most feasible solution provides great experience for students bound for a career in water/wastewater engineering.


You can read the press release here.


Bentley’s own Mike Rosh (pictured below, center, with the team from University of South Florida) served as a judge for both categories of the competition.

Mike commented, “Judging the WEFTEC Student Competition was a highlight of the show for me. Supporting students like these young engineers is part of our mission at Bentley Systems, to help prepare the next generation of infrastructure professionals.”

I was happy to sit in the audience that Sunday, to hear each team’s presentation (pictured below is University of British Columbia’s team), and to offer additional prizes from Bentley to the winning teams and their universities.



The following day, I met with even more students during the Students & Young Professionals Networking and Career Fair—and again that evening at the Young Professionals Reception.





Congratulations to all of the teams that participated in the WEF Student Design Competition.


It was a great experience for all in New Orleans at WEFTEC 2014!