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MSU Team Wins Environmental Engineering Competition

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. Air and Waste Management Annual Conference 2015 - Raleigh North Carolina Logo

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.”


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