|Institution Location||Las Cruces, NM|
|Institution Type||Research intensive, doctoral, Public, Minority serving, Co-educational|
|Disciplines of capstone program||Multidisciplinary including non-engineers|
|Agricultural, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial|
|Nature of capstone projects||Industry-sponsored, Competitions, International|
|Duration of capstone course(s) (in weeks)||36|
|Average number of students per project||5-6 students|
|Average number of projects per course||2-5 projects|
|Standard fee (US$) charged to project sponsors||950|
|Additional Notes||IEE/WERC’s International Environmental Design Contest is a unique event that brings industry, government, and academia together in the search for improved solutions to environmental challenges.
Since 1991, the competition has been held annually at the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, drawing hundreds of college students from throughout the United States and around the world. Student teams design solutions for real-world problems and develop fully operational bench-scale models of their technologies.
The teams then communicate their work through a conference-style poster and both written and oral presentations, which they showcase along with the bench scale model before a panel of environmental professionals who judge the contest.
After the contest, IEE/WERC provides the judges’ feedback to participants. Many universities use the contest as part of their capstone design courses. For participating universities, this feedback has become an important part of ABET accreditation.|