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WA Student Water Prize Presentation Evening 2019

11 September 2019 | GHD Office

The Student Water Prize (SWP) aims to encourage and reward students for excellence in water-related studies & research. On Wednesday, 11th September 2019 AWA members gathered to hear nominees for the 2019 WA SWP present on their projects. The presentation evening provides nominees with a forum to display their academic excellence, research findings and innovations to the WA water industry. The WA SWP is proudly sponsored and hosted by GHD, who have been supporting this Award for the last 16 years.

There was a strong number of nominees this year, nine in total, with four universities represented. It was fantastic to see all of these universities represented by their honours, masters or PHD students. The themes of water treatment, water quality, decentralised or at-source solutions, and energy certainly came across through the topics covered and is a reflection of current global water challenges being faced across the water sector.

Nominations were received from:

  • Ivana Tucakovic, Murdoch University - An automated blending device for brackish water desalination: up-scaling the laboratory-scale device for standardised water supply on farms
  • Grant Harper, Murdoch University - Biomass powered desalination with zero liquid discharge
  • Luis Restrepo Vieira, Curtin University - Removal of illicit and psychoparmaceuticals in wastewater treatment
  • Rowel De Paz, Murdoch University - On-farm solar-powered reverse osmosis desalination plant: testing and operation of brine disposal
  • MD Zahanggir Alam, Curtin University - Catch basin insert: characterisation and modelling of stormwater treatment at source
  • Ivonne Tshuma, Murdoch University - Brackish water treatment using forward osmosis as a driving force
  • Abdellah Shafieian, Edith Cowan University - A novel solar membrane-based wastewater treatment and desalination system
  • Jen Middleton, The University of Western Australia - Unravelling stream ecosystem functioning in urban landscapes to improve management of water quality and habitat
  • Jonathan Waller, Murdoch University - Disaster Relief Water Treatment in Indonesia: A Solar Powered Solution.

Luke Murphy, WA Young Water Professionals (YWP) Sub-Committee member, did a great job being MC for the night. Thank you also to Lisa Perry (GHD), Amay Mehta (WA YWP Sub-Committee member) and Kyllie Whitehead (WA Branch Manager) for delivering another successful evening.

Congratulations to all nominees and we look forward to seeing finalists and the winner announced at the WA Water Awards Dinner on 25th October 2019 at The Westin, Perth.


The AWA would like to thank our valued program partner GHD for their commitment to the
WA Student Water Prize for the last 16 years.