CSWEA Student Design Competition



    2020 Winners Announced! – View the Awards Ceremony


    The Midwest Student Design Competition is intended to promote “real world and hands on” design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in water/wastewater engineering and sciences field. This year, the Midwest Student Design Competition and Career Fair will be on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. This is a unique opportunity for students at the college level to demonstrate their engineering skills and practices by researching and preparing a design for a water quality based project and presenting their project to water industry professionals.


    There are three categories of Student Design Competitions available for students:

    • WEF Wastewater Design
    • WEF Environmental Design
    • Global Water Stewardship


    WEF Wastewater & Environmental Design Challenge
    Design Competition Guidelines
    WEF Entry Form



    La Fortuna, Costa Rica Design Challenge
    Introduction | GWS Entry Form
    Design Competition Guidelines
    General InformationProblem Statement
    Detail Documents (Photos, Surveys, Soil Reports, Videos, etc)



    Interested in Sponsoring a Team or Participating in the Career Fair?





    Jinglin Duan, Jonathan Kolweier, Javier Mulero, Justin Shen and Alana Rosenbaum
    “Solutions for Houston Flooding” University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign



    Miranda Durbin, Sydney Shaffer, Alexis Countyman, Jamie Sykora, Christine Boland-Prom, Guissel Davila, Rachel Montavon
    “Monteverde, Costa Rica Sewer and Treatment Design” Milwaukee School of Engineering



    Abdul Bashar
    "Integration of Biogas Water Wash and Struvite Recovery Process with MMSD's Jones Island WWTP"

    Global Water Stewardship
    Erik Papenfus, Joseph Lapastora, Jessica Zemen, Elizabeth Ebert
    "Palmar Sur, Costa Rica Sewer and Treatment Design"

    2017Andrew Szymaszek, Linjie Tang, Catherine Terando, Megan Wolfe
    University of Wisconsin - Platteville
    “Global Water Stewardship – Dominical, Costa Rica”
    2016Jill Vande Boom
    Milwaukee School of Engineering
    “Global Water Stewardship – Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica”
    2016Jordan Fure, Gage Thompson, Zachary Wallin, Titus Rubietta
    University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    "Global Water Stewardship-Bahia Ballena"
    2015Sarah Beam, Josh Koopmann, Bryce Corrigan
    University of Wisconsin – Platteville
    "Baraboo, Wisconsin Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvement Plan"
    2014Andrea Dunn, Sarah Walsh
    Marquette University

    Mission Statement

    To provide a Water Environment Federation (WEF) organization (Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin) offering multiple opportunities for the exchange of water quality knowledge and experiences among its members and the public and to foster a greater awareness of water quality achievements and challenges.