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“The Water Boys” (the College of Engineering team)

“The Water Boys” (the College of Engineering team) won first place in the 2014 Cuba Infrastructure Challenge.  This annual competition, sponsored by the Association of Cuban Engineers, was held this year on February 22 at Casa Bacardi; it challenges university-level student teams to formulate and present a project of their choice on Cuba’s public infrastructure that relates to the engineering field in transportation, water resources, power/telecommunications or healthcare.

Of the 6 teams competing in the event, there were 5 teams from University of Florida and one from UM and the UM team prevailed!

The winning Water Boys are: Miguel Amezcua, Eric Antmann, Leonard Barerra, and Sergio Claure, all CAE students. Their mentors were Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele, Professor in CAE and Associate Dean for Research, and Dr. Armando Perez, of CDM-Smith, Inc.

Their paper and proposal centered on an “Oxygen-Balance Analysis and Potential Remediation of the Upper Almendares River via Georelational Data Techniques”; an integral part of their study was the use of georelational tools within a Geographic Information System collecting ground elevation data from NASA satellites.

Dr. Solo-Gabriele adds that “the team worked especially hard and their creative use of technology was justly recognized.”

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