Montana Tech Environmental Design Team brings Home Honors

Montana Tech Environmental Design Team brings Home Honors


A team of Montana Tech engineering students were awarded the Most Applicable Technology and Best Poster at the 22nd Annual Environmental Design Contest held April 1-4, 2012 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. WERC’s Environmental Design Contest is a unique event that brings together industry, government and academia in the search for improved environmental solutions.

The event challenges students to solve technical problems ranging from validation of water treatment technology to improving product stewardship. For the contest, students present and demonstrate their research and design solutions. The proposed solutions provide opportunities to address concerns about water, energy, and the environment.

The students designed a protocol and web based evaluation tool, based on their experiments over the last 6 months, for validating water hardness removal technologies and products.

Members of the 2012 design team were Caitlin Brown, Nathan Dillon, Kayla Lester, Kevin Tweten, and Peixi Yan. The team’s advisor is Rajendra Kasinath.

"The team has put in tremendous effort and has matured professionally from going to this competition," said Rajendra Kasinath, associate professor in the Environmental Engineering Department at Montana Tech. "I am really glad of their success."

All teams prepare four different presentations: written, oral, a bench-scale model and poster, as part of the competition. The students were judged by environmental professionals representing government, industry and academia.