CSWEA Student Design Competition


    2021 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 will be held on Monday, April 11, 2022 as an IN-PERSON EVENT. 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 & Water Environment Design Challenge
    Design Competition Guidelines
    WEF Entry Form



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



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    Jake Smith, Mathieu Stafford, Bryar Jensen, Jim Lindsay and Cal Papineau
    “City of Escanaba Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade” – Marquette University



    Jonessa Haas, Ashlin Caelwaerts, Matthew Vincent, Timothy Kunshier and Travis Noel
    “Samara, Costa Rica Sewer and Treatment Design” – UW Platteville



    Christine Boland-Prom, Blake Bostwick, Rebekah Janquart, Jamie Nguyen, Julian Sonn and Jamie Sykora
    “Municipal Wastewater Treatment Facility - Joyabaj, Guatemala” Milwaukee School of Engineering

    Global Water Stewardship
    Sharon Castillo, Jafet Castro, Raul Garita, Nicolas Morales, Alejandro Morales, Maria Jesus Peralta, Lidia Rodriguez, Anotony Torres and Deilin Urena
    “La Fortuna, Costa Rica Sewer and Treatment Design” TEC University, Costa Rica

    Caitlyin Graeber, Nicole Heyniger, Rebecca Joseph, Grace Scarim and San Marie Thomson
    “La Fortuna, Costa Rica Sewer and Treatment Design” Marquette University
    Jinglin Duan, Jonathan Kolweier, Javier Mulero, Justin Shen and Alana Rosenbaum
    “Solutions for Houston Flooding” University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

    Global Water Stewardship
    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.