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Statics course takes a field trip to Chicago

Meenu Garg • DATE: September 16, 2015

The CE 20150 Statics course took a field trip to visit the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's Stickney Water Reclamation Plant and design office of AECOM in Chicago, IL.

Student reflections on the trip include:

"The field trip to the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant exposed us to some of the current technologies surrounding water reclamation plants today. I was amazed to hear that the microorganisms which aid in removing organic matter from the water are the direct descendants of the original microbes which were cleaning water back in the 1940’s. In addition to cleaning the water, the reclamation plant produces methane gas, which it uses to heat its buildings and operate the aeration tanks, biosolids, which are used as a natural fertilizer, and phosphorus, an element in increasingly high demand and short supply. Touring the plant provided real world context which brought to life my current environmental engineering classes." - David Clark

"Going into downtown Chicago to visit AECOM was an awesome experience. Their presentation was incredibly informative and full of discussions on specializations within civil engineering, possible career paths, internships, and general professional advice. I really appreciated that they brought together such a large group of employees from various departments to talk with us. They displayed and explained many of the options within civil engineering that we will have to decide between after graduation. Many of us, including myself, are undecided about these focuses, so their descriptions were extremely helpful as we narrow our interests and plan our futures. After the discussions and some great deep dish pizza, we enjoyed a walk around Millennium Park, marveled at the structural design of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and checked out the Chicago Lakefront. All in all, it was a great trip!" - Christianos Burlotos