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OBG hosts university students at SPARK Innovation Competition in Milwaukee

Think-tank style competition inspires innovation through STEM-related problem statements
Students from Northwestern University, Purdue University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UVM) recently took part in an innovation competition that aims to add some spark to the fields of advanced manufacturing, energy, environment, and water.

As part of the 13th SPARK Innovation Competition, more than 35 university students worked with OBG, Part of Ramboll (OBG) experts and industry partners—including Chemtrade, Diageo and Hydrite—to solve real-time problems facing industry today. In this 24-hour, think-tank style event, teams worked to brainstorm, problem solve and find innovative solutions to various challenges. The competition's winning team came up with an innovative solution for ensuring a sterile water supply for a chemical manufacturing process.

The ideas were evaluated by a panel of judges, including director of UWM’s Engineering Mechanics and Composites Research Laboratory and Associate Professor Rani Elhajjar, PhD and OBG's Regional Chief Operating Officer for REH Americas Northeast Tom Nowlan, PE, Senior Vice President Laurie Parsons, PE and Senior Vice President Rich Weber, PE. Awards were provided to the top teams. For students, the competition was a great way to gain real-life training in solving issues with innovative solutions. For OBG and its partners, it provides a chance to gain fresh perspective and meet top talent.

As part of the competition, OBG donated to STEM Forward, a Milwaukee non-profit organization promoting STEM education and careers, representing a shared commitment to fostering STEM education in our local communities and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists.

The competition was held at The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 1, 2019.


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Started in 2013, SPARK has since been scaled to competitions held across the U.S., comprised of multiple universities and Fortune 50 companies. As part of each competition, diverse, cross-discipline student teams are provided problem statements and given just under 24 hours to come up with a solution. Guided by subject matter experts from OBG and industry partners, the teams ideate, develop concepts, and pitch their solutions to a panel of academic and private sector judges to win a cash prize. For more information, visit www.obg.com/innovation.

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As of January 1, 2019, OBG is proud to be part of Ramboll. Ramboll is a highly purpose-driven company with strong fundamentals and represents the same client- and people-centric focus as OBG. Our combined resources bring our North American presence to 2,000 experts across more than 70 offices. Together, we offer our clients enhanced, multidisciplinary solutions from front-end consultancy to back-end engineering, project delivery and design-build services. www.ramboll.com

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