Max Goodacre & Erik Mead (Environmental Engineering)
Photo courtesy of Julien Thomas
Video courtesy of Julien Thomas and Aaron Abboud
There are only a few students who can say they are truly hardworking; there are even fewer that can say that they are dedicated. Max Goodacre and Eric Mead are prime examples of both. What started off as a tricky Senior Design Project became a design that was displayed on a national level.
Eric and Max were tasked with designing a system for bioremediation of phenol (a hazardous and toxic waste found in plastics, disinfectants, etc.) for their Waste Water class. Even with many other students, the effort Max and Eric put in set them apart from their peers — they actually went out and built their own bioreactor! Although it took several remodeling attempts and 8 months of testing, they went above and beyond to not only create a functional design but also, build a working hybrid bioreactor. According to Max, “A good project will make or break you.” There is a certain level of confidence you acquire when you put in a lot of hard work. And so they took their hard work to the FWEA design competition and won lst Place in the state of Florida. This allowed them the opportunity to present at the Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference design national competition in Chicago, Illinois and obtain 2nd Place.
What kept them going? Passion as well as encouragement from their professors. I saw fire in their eyes that made me envy their motivation. It takes the right balance of intellect and persistence to innovate a design that is not only up to standard, but 97% more economical than alternative methods (according to their own research).
Eric and Max have plans to publish their work and possibly obtain a patent. We hope that all their effort will bear fruit and allow them the success they deserve as they continue to model what FGCU students should be.
Article courtesy of Julien Thomas & Nevon Moore
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