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CETA Civil Engineering Seniors Tour Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility


Posted 09/06/2017
Submitted by Katrina Mill
Category: Campus Announcements
The civil engineering senior class accompanied by Prof. Todd Brown and Prof. Dave Pines on Friday, September 1.

The civil engineering senior class accompanied by Prof. Todd Brown and Prof. Dave Pines on Friday, September 1.

Mr. Nowak leading the tour.

Mr. Nowak leading the tour.

On Friday, September 1, 42 members of the civil engineering senior class attended a tour of the Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility in Agawam, MA. The tour was part of their CE 420 Water Quality Engineering I class. 

Mickey Nowak, the facility manager for Suez NA, hosted the tour which began with a presentation and discussion of the importance of wastewater treatment and the processes used at the Springfield Plant.  Mr. Nowak led the group on a tour of the facility so that students could see, smell and discuss each process in the plant, getting a sense of the processes that they will be learning how to design in class. Students gained a good sense of the true scale of the treatment plant, as well as how many engineering disciplines contribute to the design and successful operation of the facility.

Professor Todd Brown and Professor Dave Pines accompanied the group of students on the tour. Professor Brown scheduled the tour for the first week of classes to ensure the students would have a common frame of reference as they begin to design the various components within the wastewater treatment plant. 

The civil engineering senior class accompanied by Prof. Todd Brown and Prof. Dave Pines on Friday, September 1.

The civil engineering senior class accompanied by Prof. Todd Brown and Prof. Dave Pines on Friday, September 1.

Mr. Nowak leading the tour.

Mr. Nowak leading the tour.