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Team 'Stormageddon' Wins Third Place in the Chesapeake Water Environment Association Student Design Competition

ehe-stormageddon-chesapeake-waterCongratulations to EHE Senior Design Team Stormageddon - Alyssa Sooklal (team leader), Jeongjae Kim, Christina Cho, and Kiana Rodgers - for winning third place in the 2017 Water Environment Federation (WEF) Student Design Competition. The WEF Student Design Competition is an annual competition that is intended to promote engineering design experience for students. Students must present a problem statement and an engineering solution that they have designed as a team. Students must compete on the regional level through a member association of WEF, and advance to the national level to compete at Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).

Team Stormageddon's project aimed to address stormwater management concerns in Fort Meade, MD by designing best management practices (BMPs) to treat stormwater runoff entering the surface waters of Fort Meade. The students used resources from the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Maryland Department of the Environment, such as design manuals and guidance documents, as well as software such as AutoCAD and TR-55, to design BMPs to treat and capture stormwater runoff at a specific parking lot location at Fort Meade. They also used Environmental Site Design (ESD) criteria that were cost-effective and maximized the amount of impervious acre credits that can be used for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requirements that Fort Meade must meet. Alternatives analysis and cost estimation were prepared to support the proposed design.

Representing Johns Hopkins University and the Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA), the team presented their design project on stormwater management at WEFTEC in Chicago on October 1st. A record number of teams participated in this year's competition, from universities across the USA and Canada.

Team Stormageddon's design is currently being considered for implementation by Fort Meade.