2020 Student Design Competition Results

The BC Water and Waste Association is pleased to announce the results of the 2020 Student Design Competition (SDC):


First Place Team: CIVVIC (University of Victoria)
Noah Fanos, Brett Mikkelsen, Jacob Riedl, Robin Jory, Liam Kirchner, and Felix Motard


Second Place Team: The Calm Before the Storm (University of British Columbia)
Lauren Lee, Gaby Monagan, Breno Chan, Harry Suh, Theresa Leung, and Colleen Qiu


Third Place Team: PANEM-UBC (University of British Columbia)
Marc Lau, Esther Choi, Alice Hu, Parul Sidhu, and Nina Tong

Despite a significant challenge introduced with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to see the competition through to the end and recognize these competitors for their hard work. Thank you to all teams that entered for your participation, adaptability, and perseverance, the judges were impressed with the standard of presentations!

Team CIVVIC is the first team to apply to the BCWWA SDC from the University of Victoria in the 8 years of this competition. Following their historic win, they will go on to attend the 48th BCWWA Annual Conference and Trade Show in Penticton, BC from November 2 – 4, 2020. They will also compete at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) Student Design Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana, from October 3 – 7, 2020.

A special thank you to the City of Vancouver for providing an engaging problem statement and supporting data for the teams to base their designs on. Thank you also to our many volunteers that included advisors, judges, and individuals involved with preparing the problem statement: Karline McCawley, Chris Radziminski, Wendy de Hoog, Akhil Kumar, Sarah Pour, Torben Ruddock, Haizea Aguirre, Ryan Ziels, Nav Sandhu, Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya, Michael MacLatchy, Jongho Lee, Ian Rennie, Nicolas Peleato, Graham Hurlburt, Madjid Mohseni, Marc Apduhan, Steven Weijs, Ethan McGowan, Stephen Nuss, James Atwater, Chris Johnston, John Van Der Eerden, Colleen Chan, and the BCWWA SDC Committee.

Finally, thank you to our sponsors: Kerr Wood Leidal, CDM Smith, AECOM, University of British Columbia (Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Applied Science departments), Mequipco, Associated Engineering, EDI, McElhanney, Urban Systems, and KSB. Without their generous support this competition would not be possible. Thank you for contributing to the water industry by supporting the education of the next generation of leaders!

Stay tuned for next year’s competition!



This year's winning team: Team CIVVIC