A Michigan State University engineering team took first prize at the 2015 Air & Waste Management Association’s Environmental Competition International held during their annual conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The ECi is “a student team competition that asks students to prepare and present an optimal solution to a complex “true-to-life” environmental problem. The problem will consider current environmental issues, be representative of the conference location, and will require a multi-disciplinary solution.”
This year’s teams were tasked with evaluating a hydraulic fracturing accident in King County, North Carolina that resulted in extensive media coverage and injuries to children. Using their analysis, they had to draft a policy advisory for the local commission on issues concerning environmental, economic, and social benefits.
The winning MSU team consisted of recent environmental engineering graduates, Jake Patin and Daniel Domino; civil engineering seniors, Thomas Bonney and Kate Capeneka; environmental engineering graduate student, Sanpreet Singh Gill. The team qualified for the national event after being selected through a regional competition. Their facility advisor, professor of civil and environmental engineering Susan Masten, spoke with MSU Today about the success. “My students were required to distill their work into a three-page proposal and present that in the form of a poster to a panel of judges from the East and West Michigan chapters of the A&WMA,” Masten said. “I am extremely proud of the team’s work, and I am sure that the experience is one that will benefit them professionally for many years to come.”