ChemE students and alumni place second in Water Environment Association of Ontario design competition

""A multidisciplinary team of U of T Engineering alumni and students, including three from ChemE, placed second in the 2021 Water Environment Association of Ontario student design competition.

Yourong Li (ChemE MEng 2T1), Yucong Shi (ChemE 1T9 + PEY, CivE MASc 2T2), Menghong (Freya) Wu (CivE MASc 2T2), Shuyi (Yvonne) Zhang (ChemE 1T9 + PEY, MIE MEng 2T1) took high honours against schools from across the province to address a real-world challenge: retrofitting the Port Dalhousie Waste Water Treatment Plant to prevent the release and overflow of untreated sewer water.

To address this challenge, the team proposed implementing storage tanks for overflows in the treatment plant and identified locations for constructing catch basins and a storm water management pond in the upstream collection system. The design is flexible, economically feasible, and eliminates the threat of combined sewer overflows at the Port Dalhousie Wastewater Treatment Plant.