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Digital Knowledge Competition

This is an open platform to share your work in a creative way! The Student Activities Committee will be seeking submissions for the Digital Knowledge Competition. 

These presentations will utilize video to engage, educate, and interact with audiences local and remote to WaterJAM. This competition is geared towards students (undergrad, graduate, post graduate) and young professionals to present their research and design projects.

The Digital Knowledge Competition should showcase recent or ongoing research, or innovative or novel ideas related to the fields of water and wastewater, such as:

· A novel way to overcome an engineering/scientific challenge

· A noteworthy innovative process or tool

· Ongoing research to include the reason for it, your process, and results to date, if any

· Concluded research project to include your process and conclusions.

A submission to the Digital Knowledge Competition should be 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length and utilize a creative combination of sound and visual imagery to convey a concentrated message. All submissions may utilize video footage, photographic images, animation, voice-over narration, music, humor, etc. to illustrate the message.

The Digital Knowledge Competition is Virginia’s spin-off of the National WEFTEC Interactive Knowledge Exchange session held annually. Entrants are highly encouraged to view these videos at:

All Digital Competition videos will be presented on a dedicated monitor at WaterJAM for the regions industry professionals to enjoy! Submissions will also be viewable through YouTube.  Student and YP winners will be selected. First place and second place winners will be awarded $500 and $250, respectively. The winning videos will be played at the WaterJAM Awards Banquet.

Contact Rebecca Holgate with questions:

Click here to download the Materials Release form.


Congratulations to our WaterJAM 2019 DKC Winners!

Student Winners:

1st Place - Runoff Quality Characterization From a Container Nursery - Mohammad Nayeb Yazdi, PhD - Virginia Tech

2nd Place - Bioelectrochemical Systems for Azo Dye Treatment - Yuan Pan - Northeastern University (China), Visiting PhD student at Virginia Tech

YP Winners:

1st Place - Comparative Evaluation of HSPF and SWMM Model to Simulate Streamflow - Mehdi Ketabchy (Gannett Fleming, Inc.) & Mohammad Nayeb Yazdi, PhD (Virginia Tech)

2nd Place - Water Main Pipe Critically and Data Informed Risk Identification - Andrew Cockram - Prince William County Service Authority


Congratulations to the WaterJAM 2018 DKC Winners!

Student Winners:

1st Place - Akshay Jain - Bioelectrochemical Systems - Virginia Tech

2nd Place - Kyung Sun Chung - Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC) for Reverse Osmosis - Virginia Tech


Young Professionals:

1st Place - Michael Schindler - Crushed glass, the valuable resource nobody is thinking about - Fairfax County

2nd Place - Mehdi Ketabchy - Simulation of Watershed-Scale Practices for Mitigating the Thermal Pollution of Urbanization -Gannett Fleming



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