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July 7, 2008

Local student participates in 2008 pollution prevention program

Nine University of Iowa College of Engineering students are participating in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) 2008 Pollution Prevention Intern program. During the 12-week internships, students research methods of reducing waste, conserving energy and preventing pollution at their host companies. In addition, the students examine the cost of their recommendations versus current practice and, in most cases, begin implementing their programs.

The students and their host intern companies, listed by student hometowns (all in Iowa) are:

BETTENDORF: Heath Vignes of Bettendorf, a senior mechanical engineering student, is evaluating heat recovery opportunities from an exhaust system to reduce natural gas usage at 3M in Knoxville, Iowa.

BETTENDORF: Ryan Wendt of Bettendorf, a senior mechanical engineering student, is assisting energy use in plant processes and making recommendations to improve efficiency and reduce emissions to meet company sustainability goals at E.I. DuPont in Fort Madison, Iowa.

COUNCIL BLUFFS: Zachary Rodenburg of Council Bluffs, a senior chemical engineering student, is completing a feasibility study to review onsite wastewater pretreatment options at John Deere Ottumwa Works in Ottumwa, Iowa.

DES MOINES: Jessica Heth of Des Moines, a senior chemical engineering student, is performing on-site assessments of previous intern host facilities to document economic and environmental benefits as a result of intern projects at the DNR Pollution Prevention Services in Des Moines, Iowa.

JESUP: Eric Neverman of Jesup, a senior biomedical engineering student, is performing on-site assessments of previous intern host facilities to document economic and environmental benefits as a result of intern projects at the DNR Pollution Prevention Services in Des Moines, Iowa.

SIOUX CITY: Alex Poss of Sioux City, a junior chemical engineering student, is developing a material recovery plan to reduce chemical usage in wastewater treatment at Procter and Gamble in Iowa City, Iowa.

SIOUX CITY: Jesse Shuck of Sioux City, a senior chemical engineering student, is assessing water conservation, recovery and reuse opportunities within the metal finishing process at GE Consumer and Industrial in West Burlington, Iowa.

TIPTON: Scott Salsbery of Tipton, a junior mechanical engineering student, is optimizing the efficiency of the compressed air and compressor control system in the facility at Hearth & Home Technologies, Inc. in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

WEST BRANCH: Adam Beranek-Collins of West Branch, a junior chemical engineering student, is analyzing facility waste generation and developing solid and hazardous waste recycling/reduction opportunities at Siegwerk USA Co. in Des Moines, Iowa.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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