2024 MSDC Informational Webinar





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 8, 2024 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




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WEF Wastewater

CSWEA Winner – Marquette University – “Novel Pyrolysis of Municipal Wastewater of Solids for Energy and Biochar”. Keagan Morgan, Zachary Molczyk, Jessica Calteux, David Zeller

MSDC Overall Winner – Washington University in St. Louis – “EcoFlow Solutions”.
Sean Hwang, Ariel Richards, Yue Rao, Jiasi Sun

WEF Water Environment

CSWEA Winner – Illinois Institute of Technology. “ChASM Project – Chatham Aqueous Stormwater Management”. Constantine Giattina, Ryan Griepentrog, Judith Rackow, Francis Gilleece, Mathis Lucet

MSDC Overall Winner – University of Notre Dame. “South Bend Drinking Water Treatment Plant Media Replacement”. Andrew Reisinger, Patrick Murray, Brooke Wilkinson, Anne Lang



Marquette University – “Sanitary Sewer and Treatment Design for Horquetas, Costa Rica”
Ben Craighead, Veronica Bevan, Giuseppe Camarda, Maya Adelgren, Ashley Tan



2023WEF Water Environment
Megan Beaulieu, Anna Cardinal, Josh Nemser-Sher, Emily Strand, Ethan Hanewall.
“Koshkonong Creek Watershed Flood Control.” – University of Wisconsin Madison

WEF Wastewater
Molly Stewart, Brigid Doyle, Drew Esson.
“Analysis of Biosolids Management Options at South Shore Water Reclamation Facility.” - Milwaukee School of Engineering

GWS Overall
Matt Cerven, Claire Connelly, Colton Herbert, Mia Ketelhohn, Mackenzie Allen.
“Global Water Stewardship: Bijagua, Costa Rica.” – Marquette University

GWS International
Roberto Roldan Lopez, Sofia Abarca Rodriguez, Alejandro Rodriguez Vargas, Mauricio Alpizar Murillo, Madison Arce Jimenez.
“Global Water Stewardship: Bijagua, Costa Rica” – Universidad de Costa Rica
2022WEF Water Environment
Emma Dutkiewicz, Anna Slominski, Cornelio Estrella, Kane Liu, Nevin Abdelghani.
“Water Reuse Design at It Takes a Village Farm” – Illinois Institute of Technology

WEF Wastewater
Grace Cushing, Brandon Garrido, Josh Kleinschmidt, Jack Ferrante, Bennet Harris, Alexis Countryman.
“Village of Raymond Sanitary Sewer Main Design” – Milwaukee School of Engineering

GWS Overall
Faviola Perez Mercado, Shayden Harvey, Alondra Gonzalez, Alondra Rodriguez.
“Global Water Stewardship: Montezuma, Costa Rica” – Marquette University

GWS International
Sol Carpio, Valeria Castillo, Maricel Chaves, Fabiola Pérez, Adriana Rojas, Denisse Saborío, Melany Trujillo.
“Global Water Stewardship: Montezuma, Costa Rica” – Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica
Jake Smith, Mathieu Stafford, Bryar Jensen, Jim Lindsay and Cal Papineau
“City of Escanaba Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade” – Marquette University

Global Water Stewardship
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.

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