By Goh Jun Wei, WEF-EESS and National University of Singapore (NUS)
WEFTEC 2018 in New Orleans was an event of many firsts for my team and me. It was the first time setting foot in the United States of America (USA), attending a technical exhibition, volunteering overseas and taking part in a design competition!
We were exhilarated when we first received the news that we would be representing Singapore and our institute, National University of Singapore (NUS), for the WEF Student Design Competition. The five months of painstaking preparations were all worthwhile, as it was a privilege to be part of this highly anticipated event of the year for the water industry.
Our team was eager to fully immerse ourselves in the programs lined up for the event. We volunteered to take part in the WEF Community Service Project where we retrofitted a planter box at the Treme Community Center to treat the storm-water captured from the roof. Aside from this, the organizing committee also included a refreshing element of a mural to educate the community about the benefits of the retrofitted planter box. It was heartwarming to witness the collective strength of the WEF volunteers especially when such a vast number of attendees responded to this call of action. Strong bonds were formed and meaningful exchanges were made during the volunteering process, especially with our teammates from Florida International University (FIU). The camaraderie forged was one of our greatest takeaways from the event.
The WEF Student Design Competition was a great platform for the sharing of knowledge between teams. The projects and the presentations made by the students from participating institutions were well-deliberated, enlightening and inspirational. Every team pitched their projects outstandingly and tackled the questions raised by the panel to the best of their abilities. After the competition, this ‘competitive’ atmosphere took a backseat when we had the opportunity to interact with the other teams during the Process Challenge. It was extremely rewarding to be a part of this highly dynamic competition. The freedom to choose and explore any water-related topics for this competition truly inculcates a sense of innovation for all participants.
The National University of Singapore Won 4th Place in the Water Environment Category!
Once again, my team would like to seize this opportunity to thank WEF, the Environmental Engineering of Singapore (EESS) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NUS for their support in this journey. This chapter of WEFTEC 2018 in New Orleans will forever be a fond memory etched in our hearts, especially the valuable exchanges and the meaningful bonds forged.
Goh Jun Wei
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Volunteering at the Service Project!
NUS Student Design Competition Team with President-Elect Jackie Jarrell