ACTIVE Water Treatment Team
Purpose: To remove radioactive heavy metal contaminants from local sources of water in the Navajo Nation.
Method: Construct a small-scale, mobile ion-exchange device suitable for treating pond-sized volumes of water and deliver it directly to the contaminated sites.
Benefit: Alleviate substandard health and living conditions while providing clean water and jobs to those living in the Navajo territory.
Takeaway: Reaction engineering, hardware engineering, process design, 3-D modeling and simulation, microcontroller programming
Gain Skills as a Student & Professional
Active Water Treatment is unlike other student engineering teams: while other teams often start at a solution, and look for situational applications afterward, AWT started with a very real problem with serious consequences, and looked to design the optimal solution. This approach grounds our project in reality. Our clients and sponsors expect practical results. In order to deliver, we exercise a wide range of engineering skills, including but not limited to process and reaction engineering, 3-D modeling and simulation, microcontroller programming, as well as hands-on hardware engineering with water treatment devices. We understand that most students won't start with such a repertoire; we only ask for the passion to be a real-world problem-solver, and we can fill you in on the rest. While we are committed to achieving results, we are also dedicated to the development of our members, and we are always looking to add more outstanding teammates.