Athens, OH 26 January 2020 –
Recently, I’ve been working on a design competition called the WERC Environmental Design Contest. This year, the Chemical Engineering department is sending 2 team (18 students total) to the competition at New Mexico State University.
My team’s task is to remove fluoride from calcium-rich mine waters. We’ve been researching and running tests since the beginning of last semester to figure out how to accomplish our task using a unique and effective technique. So far, we’ve needed the help of the Civil Engineering department and the Chemistry department. Currently, we are brainstorming on how to bring our design from a batch system to a continuous system.
It’s been a great opportunity to design something outside of the typical classroom setting. The sponsor of the competition creates tasked based on real issues faced in industry. I’ve gotten to use what I have learned so far in college and apply it to a real world application.
I’ve been using a lot of what I learned in my chemistry courses about solutions and solubility, and I will soon get to use my knowledge about designing reactors. It’s been very challenging, but it’s hands on opportunities like this that will help me become a better engineering and create for good.