The NEWEA Student Design Competition (SDC) is intended to promote a “real world” design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in water engineering and sciences. This competition tasks teams of student members within NEWEA to design and present a project solution meeting the requirements of a problem statement that they have worked on together as a team. This competition is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students, typically completing a capstone project.

The winning teams from each category will compete at the national WEFTEC Student Design Competition.

Brainstorming at Student Design CompetitionStudent teams will compete in one of two categories:

  1. Wastewater Design (e.g. hydraulic capacity design, upgrades to existing treatment systems, biosolids handling, etc.)
  2. Water Environmental Design (e.g. stormwater management design, green infrastructure, low impact development, water reuse, wetland construction, distributed treatment systems, systems in developing countries, etc.)

The competition consists of two portions, the written submittal and the presentation, which will take place in late April or early May.

Students are expected to work together as a team to recommend a complete engineering design solution with little assistance from an advisor/professor/or industry professionals/consultants.

View SDC Guidelines >>


Each team shall submit an entry form and team participation form for the competition. One university is permitted to send up to two teams to the competition, one in each category (wastewater and environmental).  There is no entry fee to participate.

Official Entry Form >> Submit prior to March 2, 2018

Team Participation Form >> Submit prior to April 14, 2018


The competition will be held in early May and will be open to the public.  Watch for more information.


The first place winners in the Wastewater Design and the Environmental Design categories will receive the NEWEA Student Activities Award ($600) and travel allowance to compete at the WEFTEC Student Design Competition in the Fall.

*first place teams are required to present at WEF


  • Official Entry Form shall be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on March 2, 2018.
  • Team Participation Form shall be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on April 14, 2018.
  • Student resumes shall be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on April 24, 2018. Late resumes will not be accepted.
  • A project written data submittal (“report”) must be received no later than 11:59 pm on April 24, 2018.
  • The competition will take place in early May.
  • All forms, resumes, and reports must be sent to Nick Tooker, Student Activities prior to the deadlines listed.


Your firms involvement is greatly appreciated and ensures the sustainability of this important program.

Sponsorship: Firms (Facility/Utility/Consultant) are encouraged to sponsor the Student Design Competition.  The participating firm provides the problem statement for the competition, participate in the project plan, final design reviews, judging, and provides a monetary prize for the winning team.  All sponsors will be recognized during the course of the program.

Mentorship: Firms (Facility/Utility/Consultant) are encouraged to mentor the Student Design Competition.  The participating firm provides the problem statement for the competition, participates in the project plan, final design reviews, and judging.

View the Sponsorship form for student engagement opportunities >>


Please contact: Nick Tooker, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, 400 SN, Boston, MA 02115; phone: 413-313-6217, or the NEWEA office.

Good luck! Thank you for your interest and support!