Senior design team Ram Wastewater Solutions earns first place in Rocky Mountain Student Design Competition
In addition to earning first place for civil and environmental engineering at E-Days, CSU’s engineering senior design showcase, senior design team Ram Wastewater Solutions won the annual Rocky Mountain Student Design Competition, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association and Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association. The team – Kira Cunniff, Garret Glaspy, Emily Godi, Kamryn Steel, Swee Tee and Robby Vaccaro – beat out teams from the Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado Boulder to take home the top prize. The Rocky Mountain region includes Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
In their winning entry, Ram Wastewater Solutions developed a design for an energy efficiency upgrade at the Laramie Wastewater Treatment Plant to reduce monthly energy consumption by a minimum of 20%. They developed three design alternatives to investigate multiple ways in which energy could be conserved at the plant and evaluated them based on capital cost, practicality of implementation and total energy savings.
Their final design incorporates equipment upgrades and process updates by replacing two of the blowers feeding air to the aerobic digester tanks, installing two new top-entry mechanical mixers in the digester tanks, and replacing the coarse-bubble diffusers with fine-bubble diffusers. These changes significantly reduce aeration time while maintaining digester efficiency to reduce energy consumption at the plant up to a projected 27%.
“I’ve had to learn much more than just how to develop an energy-saving design for Laramie,” said Emily Godi, Ram Wastewater Solutions project manager. “More than anything, I’ve realized that engineering is about being able to work as a team. RWS encountered so many challenges along the way, but once we began playing to each other’s skills, we were able to fully realize our potential.”
The team now advances to WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference, in October in New Orleans, where they will present their design in the national competition. They also will present their work in September at the Rocky Mountain Water Conference in Keystone.
CEE Presents Outstanding Student Awards at 2021 E-Days Ceremony
CSU Student Steel Bridge Team Takes 2nd Place at Regionals
The AISC regional competition was held virtually this year. Typically, the Rocky Mountain Region has 14 teams represented. However, the pandemic obviously discouraged other teams, and only 5 schools competed this year. Kudos to our CSU students! Overall, our team placed 2nd, right behind the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Their bridge spanned 22′-6″ ft and held the required load of 2,500 lb. The bridge deflected only .6 inches vertically. It took 43.75 minutes to fully construct the 198 lb bridge and the team only lost one person when they “stepped in the river.” CSU ranked first place in the Lightness and Efficiency categories and second place in the Construction Speed and Economy Categories. Even though the team will not be going to nationals, we are all still pleased with the way the bridge performed and very proud of the work the students did.
Congratulations team members: Brady Durham, Reed Featherstone, Simone James, Elizabeth Lacy, Eryn Lum, and Kaleab Misgna.
You may view the competition events below:
Northern Water E-Waternews May 2020 Features CEE Senior Design Project
“While universities across the country have been forced to conduct classes via the internet because of the threat of COVID-19, a group of engineering students at Colorado State University used the time to design a potential improvement to the proposed Glade Reservoir.
Students in a senior design class at CSU were given the task to design a fishing pier at Glade Reservoir that would comply with standards in the Americans with Disabilities Act. On May 4, they gave a presentation to Project Management Department Manager Carl Brouwer that outlined the possibilities for a fishing pier at the southern end of the reservoir. If built, it would create an inclusive opportunity for recreation at the reservoir.
Students looked at other ADA-compliant fishing piers throughout the region before designing a project that would be suitable at Glade Reservoir.” (Courtesy of Northern Water E-Waternews)
Caley Dallman Named and Outstanding Grad by Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering.
Dallman chose Civil Engineering as a career that would enable her to be a part of something that would help and positively impact others by improving infrastructure.
After shadowing a friend of Caley’s mother who was a CSU alumnus, she enrolled in the Department’s Civil Engineering program.
Caley has definitely made the most of her experience at CSU as you can tell from this article.
Steel Bridge Team prepares for ASCE Regional Competition and Senior Design during E-Days
The Steel Bridge Senior Design team: Daniel Besmer, Erin Dunn, Kelsey Seibel, Lauren Hudak and Zac Fry. Not pictured: Nick Marques De Souza
“The Steel Bridge Team’s mission is to design a one tenth-scale bridge, made of many small components, that can be constructed and deconstructed quickly. The designers must adhere to strict rules and guidelines set by organizers – the ASCE and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) – to score points. They are judged on all the factors that would go into a real construction project: design, size, weight, cost, efficiency, and of course, safety.”
Lana Millard selected for KaTO Design, Inc. Summer 2016 program
Lana Millard was selected for the Summer 2016 program with KaTO Design, Inc., an architecture studio out of Richmond, VA that designs schools and community buildings in developing countries. For eight weeks, Lana worked with a team of eight students from around the country to design a community center for a low-income housing development near Monterrey, Mexico. The team traveled to Mexico for one week to meet the client firm, visit the site, study architecture precedence in the area, and identify the needs of the community. After returning to the US, the students worked closely with professional architects and engineers on the design and construction documents for the project. The community center will be a hub for education, health, and economic empowerment. It will serve as a heart for the community and will provide many services for children and working families. Construction is expected to begin in February. Those interested in learning more about the program can visit the KaTO website here: http://www.katoarch.org/
Lana Millard will be graduating from CSU in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. She has an interest in water resources and international development, and hopes to someday provide access to potable water in impoverished communities.
Photos provided by KaTO
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s Big Beam Competition
For the last two years CSU undergraduate and graduate students taking CIVE 567 Advanced Concrete Design have been participating in the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s Big Beam Competition. Student teams design a prestressed concrete beam to meet the design requirements specified by PCI. Local precast concrete producers, including Rocky Mountain Prestress and EnCon United, allow students to help fabricate the beams, and then the beams are tested in the Structural Engineering lab at the CSU Engineering Research Center. Student teams then submit their final report for judging by PCI. The CEE department is grateful to the local producers and the PCI Mountain States Chapter for supporting this exciting learning opportunity.
Congratulations to our Spring 2016 Graduates!
|Front Row:||David Neuder, CIVE, Kavi Pool, CIVE, Derek Adams, CIVE, Kayla Moden, ENVE, Risa Benvenga, CIVE, Caroline Ogg, ENG SCI.|
|2nd row:||Miawand Mohammad Yaqoob, CIVE, Dr. Rebecca Atadero, Tyler Elliott, CIVE, Natalie Young, CIVE Leah Optiz, CIVE, Karla Young, CIVE, Nicolette Lind, CIVE, Samantha Katz, CIVE, Samantha Bayliff, CIVE, Caryn Nezat, ENVE, Meredith Favero, CIVE, Valene Lickley, CIVE Jenna Beairstro, CIVE, Liting Tao, ENVE, Sarah Youssef, Advisor|
|3rd row:||Tyler Davis, CIVE, Carmen Soller, CIVE, Bill Richards, CIVE, Kelly French, CIVE, Griffin Cullen, ENVE, Chad Pasma, CIVE, Kevin Smith, CIVE, Chandler Croneigh, CIVE, Mitchell Werden, CIVE, Nathan Clouse, CIVE, Jacob Lawrence, CIVE, Joe Somer, CIVE, Austin Knapp, CIVE, Alex Connell, CIVE, James Mason, ENVE, Beth Lunsford, ENVE, Nick Hiseler, ENVE, Brian Wood, CIVE, Dr. Christopher Thornton, Dr. Pierre Juien|
|4th row:||Tyler Sandt, CIVE, JJ Brunelle, CIVE, Tanner Waldron, CIVE, Evie Croft, ENVE, Erick Ritter, CIVE, Chaz Myers, CIVE, Ian Junkerman, CIVE, Sean Brustuen, CIVE, Kimberly Fridsma, CIVE, Sara Gray, CIVE, Alec Kaljian, CIVE, Daniel Polverari, CIVE, Laurie Alburn, Advisor, Dr. Neil Grigg, Dr. Charles Shackelford|
ENGINEERING DAYS for the department
Below are our place winners for senior design projects this spring:
|1st PLACE – Big Thompson River Restoration
Team Members: Chris Dumler, Benjamin Choat, Jessica McCallum, Krystle Salas, Nolan Platt, Samual Parker
|2nd PLACE – NoCo Hydraulics
Team Members: John Cox, Brianna Corsi, Kayla Moden, Chaz Myers, David Neuder, Caroline Ogg
|3rd PLACE – Glen Haven Community Bridge
Team Members: Nicolette Lind, Nathan Clouse, James Frye, Trevor Sand, Kevin Aguilar
Kayla Moden awarded Jack and June Richardson Honors Scholarship
Kayla Moden, a Student Ambassador and an Environmental Engineering undergraduate was awarded the prestigious Jack and June Richardson Honors Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to two or more of the very best full-time undergraduate students who are in the University Honors Program at Colorado State University with outstanding academic achievement; the potential to make a significant intellectual or humanitarian contribution; and commitment to an undergraduate experience that emphasizes the development of advanced research, and communication skills. Kayla will be involved in undergraduate research in the geoengineering program under Dr. Chris Bareither this summer and will continue as a department Student Ambassador next academic year.
Cole Brubaker awarded scholarship from the Thornton Thomasetti Foundation
Cole Brubaker, who is graduating in May with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, is one of three students in the country selected to receive the Thornton Thomasetti Foundation’s top scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded to students entering a master’s degree program specializing in structural or architectural engineering and who “endeavor to make an impact on the structural design of buildings.”
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