Graduate students Zhenning Li and Runze Yuan (pictured), recent PhD graduate (Pasha) Mohammadreza Hashemi and professors Guohui Zhang and Panos Prevedouros attended and presented at PacTrans 2019 at the University of Washington on October 11, 2019.
Three native UH Manoa Civil Engineering undergraduate students Hi’iaka Jardine, Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz and Micah Tang were invited to attend the Water Environment Federation’s 2019 WEFTEC conference in Chicago, IL, on September 19 to 24. The students participated in an all-expense-paid program sponsored by WEF and several national/international companies called InFLOW (Introducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water). The InFLOW program is designed to introduce underrepresented students to work in the water sector and to develop for them a network for mentorship and future career growth. The students met other students from several US universities, including Howard Univ., Univ. of South Florida, Univ. of Alaska Anchorage, Florida International Univ., and Florida A&M Univ. The students attended both technical and social events and a networking panel with minority leaders in the field. The students also volunteered at a community service project at a Chicago school and took a tour of the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world. WEFTEC is the largest annual conference in the Americas with annual attendance of 25,000 people and over 1,000 companies/manufacturers in the exhibit halls. The students attended with Professor Roger Babcock who has attended WEFTEC for over 25 years and gave two technical presentations at the conference. Additional coverage can be found at the UH and College of Engineering websites.