On Saturday 4/9/2022, nine students visited a state-of-the-art water treatment plant in neighboring Aurora, Colorado. This field trip, organized through CVEN-4426/5426 Pipe Network and Sewer Design, was hosted by Aurora Water’s Ann Malinaro, a chemist who is responsible for the optimization of numerous water treatment processes in the plant. Here are some of the student responses:
- “I found the field trip super interesting to me since this was the first time for me to visit a water treatment plant. I was surprised by how mechanical and electrical engineering are a big part of the process of water treatment.” Zainab Alhaddad
- “I was most surprised that water from the South Platte was pumped all the way to the treatment center because I didn’t know that the water source can be so far away from the treatment centers.” Jackie Norris
- “I found the lab (aka the Mini-Binney) to be fascinating. It was incredible to see all treatment processes scaled down and tucked into that single corner of the facility.” Kayla Soriano
- “This was a fun and informative field trip that I would not have experienced if I did not pursue a Civil Engineering degree. I respect all the workers who ensure that we can have clean water to consume.” Eric Sherman
At the CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing, we focus on providing our students with a comprehensive engineering education at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. Faculty conduct research that spans our five disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and computer science and engineering. The college collaborates with industry from around the state; our laboratories and research opportunities give students the hands-on experience they need to excel in the professional world.