Texas A&M seniors, Haylee Thompson, Alexandra Balcom and Ricardo Caballero, were co-supervised by A&M's Dr. Anish Jantrania, and the AUB-FAFs team, consisting of Dr. Rabih Shibli (CCECS), Dr. Hadi Jaafar (FAFS), and Dr. Majdi Abou Najm (MSFEA) in a project that placed first in Texas A&M’s annual Capstone Event. Fifteen student teams presented their final projects as part of their degree requirements; the AUB-TAMU team focused on sustainability and used only alternative energies to treat wastewater to a quality safe for use in irrigating urban gardens. The team used a technology offered by Mr. Brian Buchner of Active Water Solutions (AWS), a Houston based company that produces portable, containerized wastewater treatment systems. The project designed a roof-top urban garden system that uses drip tape irrigation and solar power to treat 30,000 gallons of water daily to a level “safe for human interaction”.
AUB recently partnered with Texas A&M University (TAMU) in a senior design project aimed at treating the 30,000 gallons of wastewater produced daily at the UN Refugee camp in Sidon (expected to become the campus of Al Imam Al Ouzai University after the 1,500 Syrian refugees are re-settled).