WA Student Water Prize presentation evening
Monday, 28 August 2017
The Student Water Award aims to encourage and reward students for excellence in water-related studies & research and provides a forum for students to display their academic excellence, innovation, and/or research findings to future employers, clients and the water industry.
On Monday, 28 August 2017 members of the water industry gathered in the rooftop boardroom of the GHD Perth office to hear nominees for the 2017 Student Water Award present on their projects. The event is sponsored annually by GHD
and as the setting sun lit the room the event was opened by Steven Fox, GHD Operations Manager who recognised Noongar elders, both past, present and emerging. The theme of emerging leaders continued as the room heard from 8 confident and passionate nominees for 7 water related projects.
The projects were broad and varied and each drew further questions from the interested crowd. The high number of nominees and their level of professionalism shows a promising future for the water industry in WA. It was great to see so many projects completed in collaboration with the water industry including the Water Corporation, GHD and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. This means that the work being done by students is being actively used to keep the industry in WA at the cutting edge of the latest research. Aisha Chalmers, WA Young Water Professionals Committee President did a great job being MC for the night and the event was closed by Rachel Evans, Judging Committee and AWA WA Branch Committee Vice President. Both thanked the nominees for their enthusiasm, quality of submissions and adept presentation skills.
The nominees are:
- Sonja Mennen - University of Western Australia / Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, The most cost-effective ways to maintain public open space with less water in Perth.
- Sean Ding - University of Western Australia / Water Corporation, Investigation of Bore Condition Assessment Methodologies and Determination of Remaining Service Life.
- Jessica Le - University of Western Australia / Water Corporation, Investigation of the Effect of Water Quality on Mild Steel Cement Lined Pipes.
- Om Dolasia - Murdoch University, Beaconsfield District Water Management Plan.
- Laura Senge - Murdoch University, Water Auditing: The first step to effective effluent treatment on dairy farms in south west Western Australia.
- Flavia Steinauer - Curtin University / GHD, Technical Assessment of Phosphorous Removal with Alum from Wastewater Stabilisation Ponds.
- Ella Meechan and Nishi Verma - Murdoch University, Phytoremediation of Water Bodies in Rural China.
Congratulations to all nominees and we look forward to seeing finalists at the Annual Australian Water Association WA Award dinner on 20 October 2017.