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UIC engineering students presenting award-winning project at WEFTEC 2015


In April, a group of UIC students won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Campus RainWorks Challenge, which is a national competition the EPA holds for university student groups to design green storm water infrastructure on their campus.

Now, the UIC team is bringing the project to McCormick Place in Chicago for one of the largest water quality conferences in the world.

The team was invited by the Water and Environment Federation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to present their project at WEFTEC 2015, which is the Water Environment Federation’s annual conference that brings together thousands of professionals involved with water quality science and engineering. The conference is Sept. 26 to 30, and the UIC team is slated to present their award-winning project as part of the Stormwater Congress on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. in the Stormwater Theater at booth 213.

The UIC team consists of Civil and Materials Engineering students Nick Haas, Lisha Wu, David Klawitter, Emmanuel Dominguez, Urban Planning and Policy students Curtis Witek and Eduardo Munoz, and Earth and Environmental Sciences student Annie Cosgrove. The team will be joined by its faculty adviser Professor Ben O’Connor of the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering.

“I think the students are proud of their achievement and like the recognition they are getting,” said Professor O’Connor. “As their adviser, I am impressed that they are all still very active in the project they created. Many are now trying to figure out means to implement their plan by looking for various funding opportunities to support green infrastructure on campus.”

Learn more about the EPA contest and UIC student design is at UIC News.

More information about WEFTEC 2015 is at