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Team of CE Students Finishes Second in SWANA Competition

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A team of University of Texas at Arlington civil engineering students placed second in the Solid Waste Association of North America’s International Solid Waste Design Competition in September 2017.

UTA's second place team at SWANA Solid Waste Design CompetitionThe International Solid Waste Design Competition is a prestigious design competition that challenges student teams to solve real-world problems faced by solid waste professionals. It was part of the International Solid Waste Association World Congress/WASTECON 2017, held in Baltimore.

Florida Atlantic University won the competition and Case Western Reserve University finished third. UTA won in 2016.

“This competition is the culmination of months of hard work and creativity. Our students are committed to making a difference in the field of solid waste management through UTA’s Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability, and their successes in this competition are evidence that they are among the best young talent in the country,” said MD Sahadat Hossain, UTA professor and SWIS director.

SWANA Solid Waste Design Competition trophyUTA reached the final round after submitting a preliminary solution that was judged against those submitted by universities from around the world. Six teams were invited to present their solution in front of prominent solid waste professionals from the United States and Europe. In the design competition, they submitted a project report, presented a poster, and delivered an oral presentation on “Urban Sustainability through Recycling and Waste to Energy.”

The team, supervised by Hossain, included Ph.D. student and team captain Rakib Ahmed, Ph.D. students Md Ishtiaque Hossain and Anuja Sapkota, master’s students Fouzia Hossain Oyshi and Lucas Hoyos (MS Student), and senior Maddie McCollough. Juniors Sachini Madanayake and Muhasina Manjur Dola also contributed greatly to the team.

Brenda Haney, solid waste director for the City of Irving, said, “SWIS is an incredible center that focuses on the management of solid waste throughout the world.  Watching these students grow in their knowledge and understanding of waste management is tremendous, and this design competition shows that their work and effort matters in the solid waste management field.  These students are on the right path for great success.”

The Solid Waste Association of North America 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 provides real-world experience to students pursuing an education and/or career in solid waste management.