UCF environmental engineering students WIN BIG at the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association’s 2018 Annual Conference held at Champions Gate between November 25-29th. Together with their faculty advisor Dr. Steve Duranceau, UCF students participated in several activities that included paper presentations, competing in the state’s Water Bowl, Poster and Best Paper Competitions. Two UCF graduate students were recognized by being awarded the highly competitive Likins Scholarship.

Photo 1. UCF CECE graduate students Daniel Whalen, Carlyn Higgins, and Angela Rodriguez (bottom photo, left to right) won 1st Place in the state’s Water Bowl, and fellow graduate students Jessica Cormier, Daniel Cardona, Tulsi Shukla, (top row, left to right) won 2nd Place competing against teams from the University of North Florida and Florida Institute of Technology.

Photo 2. Daniel Whalen wins the best poster “Evaluation of Anion Exchange System Performance Regenerated with Seawater” at the conference. Students from the University of Florida and UCF competed in the Poster Competition this year. By winning the poster competition, Mr. Whalen receives an all-expense paid trip to attend and compete in a National Competition representing the state of Florida at the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition to be held in Denver, Colorado in June 2019. Three additional posters were also presented by UCF students at the conference: graduate student Jessica Cormier “Investigating Matter Formation in a Nanofiltration Concentrate Discharge Pipeline”, graduate student Tulsi Shukla, E.I. “Disinfection By-Product Formation Potential Assessment for a Central Florida Groundwater Supply”, and undergraduate student Zach Protas “Pilot Testing Reverse Osmosis Membranes Treating a Florida Brackish Ground Water Supply For The Production of Drinking Water

Photo 3. Graduate students Tulsi Shukla and Daniel Whalen each won the prestigious Roy W. Likins Scholarship. Each year, the Likins Scholarship Committee awards a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $25,000 in scholarships. The scholarships are distributed in $2,500 or more increments to deserving Florida students, either in undergraduate or graduate school.

Several presentations were also provided by UCF students and faculty members:

  • Doctoral candidate Angela Rodriguez presented the paper “Evaluating the Effect of Changing Disinfectant Type on Corrosion Rates of Common Distribution System Metals”. This manuscript prepared by Ms. Rodriguez and her advisor Dr. Duranceau was awarded “Best Paper” for the 2018 FSAWWA Conference!
  • Doctoral student Carlyn Higgins presented the paper “Studying the Removal of 1,4-Dioxane in a Nanofiltration and Reverse Osmosis Membrane Process”;
  • Doctoral student Daniel Whalen presented the paper. “Identifying Process Improvements for an Aged Nanofiltration Membrane Plant”;
  • Duranceau presented the paper “Effect of Stray Current on the Corrosion of Reinforced Concrete Structures”;
  • Anwar Sadmani presented the paper “Nanofiltration of Perfluorinated Compounds as a Function of Water Matrix Properties with graduate student Hadi Toure as a co-author.