Annual Conference 2016

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Over 325 people attended IWEA's 37th Annual Conference, February 29 - March 2, 2016 at the iHotel in Champaign, IL. The conference focused on wastewater and storm water. It featured nationally recognized keynote speakers, sixty technical presentations, fifty exhibitors, young professional events, a student poster session, an operator's challenge event, and lots of networking opportunities. 

Our gift basket fundraiser earned $2000 that will support IWEA's Clean Water Scholarships.

You can see conference pictures at 2016 IWEA Annual Conference Pictures.

Save the Date
IWEA and IAWPCO will host a joint conference April 23 -26, 2017 at the Springfield Crowne Plaza.

2016 Conference Slides
Use the link below to reference the conference slides.
2016 IWEA Annual Conference Presentations

Conference Documents
Do you want to review conference highlights? Use the links below to access conference documentation.

2016 Annual Conference Program

2016 Annual Conference Schedule

2016 Keynote Speakers

Illinois Sustainable Technology Tour

Student Poster Competition Winners
Congratulations to the winners of our Student Poster Competition:
1st Place:  Justin Hutchinson, UIUC, Design of Biocatalytic Treatment System for the Endocrine Disrupter Perchlorate
2nd Place: Martin Kim, UIUC, Enhanced Capacitive Deionization Performance Using Electrodes with Polysaccharide Binders

Operators Challenge
Congratulations to the Winners of the 2016 Operators Challenge.

Safety Challenge: Confined Space Entry 
First: Phillip Connelly, Second: Lynn Kohlhaas

Laboratory Challenge: Pipet Calibration & Chlorine Analysis
First: Sandra Matuel, Second: Rachel Lee 

Maintenance Challenge: Lift Stations & Slide Gates
First: Rachel Lee, Second: Igor Filipovich 

Operations Challenge: Quiz developed by ERTC staff
First: Robin Schroeder, Second: Rob Barnard

Overall Winner: Robin Schroeder


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General Conference Information:
Laurie Frieders

Exhibitor Information:
Peter Lynch
(847) 921-0992

Sponsorship Information:
Cheryl Kunz
(815) 639-4582