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A Remarkable Journey: Nevada Water Environment Association-UNLV WEFTEC Design Competition Experience

In a world of challenges and opportunities, participating in the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) Design Competition in Chicago was an extraordinary experience for the NWEA-UNLV student chapter team. This platform, generously facilitated by our dedicated NWEA, allowed us to step onto a global stage, engage with professionals, present our design, and contribute to a dynamic exchange of ideas. WEFTEC, the largest water quality conference in the world, provided an unparalleled opportunity to showcase our skills and creativity. Presenting our solutions to industry experts and fellow students was a humbling yet empowering experience. It reminded us of the importance of our work and the positive impact we can have on the water industry. One of the highlights of our journey was the chance to interact with veteran professionals who shared their insights and experiences. We had the privilege of presenting our innovative design to find a cost-effective solution for wastewater management at the anticipated Southern Nevada Supplemental Airport.

Our presentation was met with keen interest and valuable feedback from industry experts, further reinforcing our commitment to finding sustainable solutions for real-world challenges. These interactions broadened our horizons and reaffirmed our commitment to the field. Another significant aspect of our WEFTEC experience was the Open Job Fair, where attendees could submit their CVs to potential employers. It was an eye-opening experience for our members, demonstrating the vast array of career opportunities within the water industry. This experience not only broadened our horizons but also demonstrated the real-world relevance of the work we do as students. Though we may not have won the competition, the journey was rewarding. The lessons we learned, the bonds we formed, and the knowledge we gained have fortified our determination to excel in future endeavors. The feedback received from the competition judges has been instrumental in our growth, and we are eager to apply these insights to our next design competition, with the aspiration of emerging as winners.

Students at the NWEA-UNLV student chapter would like to extend their deepest gratitude to NWEA for making this unforgettable experience possible. The NWEA support has allowed us to broaden our horizons, strengthen our resolve, and contribute meaningfully to the water industry. As we reflect on our journey to WEFTEC, we pledge our unwavering commitment to the goals and objectives of NWEA. We are determined to be torchbearers, propelling positive change within our field and beyond. Our participation in the WEFTEC Design Competition was a remarkable journey filled with growth, learning, and inspiration. We thank our funders, mentors, and fellow NWEA members for their unwavering support and encouragement. Together, we are poised to make a lasting impact on the world of water. With heartfelt appreciation and a shared vision for the future, NWEA-UNLV Chapter.

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