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Iowa State University students won the 2004-2005 Metcalf & Eddy Academic Design Competition. They are (left to right): Professor Say Kee Ong, Iris Caldwell, Stephanie Peters, and Tom Bruton. Photo: Metcalf & Eddy

A team of engineering students from Iowa State University won the 2004-2005 Metcalf & Eddy (M&E) Academic Design Competition. The students presented the winning solution to M&E's environmental design challenge, which was to develop a biological treatment process for cost-effectively achieving low-nitrogen effluents from domestic wastewater treatment anaerobic sludge digestion centrate/filtrate. The team members received a $2500 cash reward. The competition was established in 2003 to give engineering students an opportunity to supplement their classroom experience by working in a team on a specific design project that relates to real-world challenges currently being addressed by M&E, based in Wakefield, Mass., in its nutrient removal research program. To apply for next year's competition, visit www.m-e.aecom.com.