The American Society of Plumbing Engineers announced that Team USA won the inaugural Water Innovation Challenge held June 3-5 during International Water Week in Singapore. Teams developed innovative solutions for emerging water and sanitation problems in Nepal and Bangladesh in a series of hands-on design challenges.

Team USA was comprised of students and professionals under the age of 26 and led by William N. Erickson, vice president of ASPE’s Research Foundation. Other members are: Judith Torres, G.E., an associate member of ASPE; Douglas Nelson, P.E., an instructor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, who served as an adviser to the team; Nicholas Michalenko, a licensed journeyman plumber with Rida Plumbing, Worthington, Mass.; Sarah Parker, an advertising and design student at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.; and Tim Murphy, an apprentice plumber at Boulanger’s Plumbing & Heating, Easthampton, Mass. u