A team of civil engineering graduate students from UTA's Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability won the Solid Waste Association of North America’s National Solid Waste Design Competition at WASTECON 2016 in August.
The team, led by master's student Umme Zakira, included doctoral students Jobair Bin Alam, Elahe, and Rakib Ahmed and master’s students Nur Basit Zaman and Sangeeta. The students were tasked to solve a “real world” problem faced by solid waste professionals. Dr. Sahadat Hossain was the faculty advisor and Dr. Sonia Samir was the team mentor.
The students reached the final round after submitting an entry against many other universities in a preliminary round. They were one of three teams that were invited to present their project in the final round. In that round, they submitted a project report, poster presentation and oral presentation on “Landfill Mining Feasibility – A case study for Solid Waste Authority of Colt County Landfill in Indianapolis”.
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 8,300 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. SWANA’s National Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC) is a student team competition to solve a “real world” problem faced by solid waste professionals. The competition aims at providing real world experience to students pursuing an education and/or career in solid waste management. MIT was the 2015 SWDC winner.