2011 – 2016 Projects

2011 – 2016 Past Intern Projects

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Anoka-Hennepin School District, Fridley, Tanner Glaza

Goal: Water conservation opportunities for irrigation systems and improved soil conditions and turf grass health.

Cemstone, Mendota Heights, Brent Vizanko

Goal: Reduce fresh water from product production and truck washout and identify improvements to water reuse systems.

Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), Minneapolis, Tiger Rost

Goal: Conduct energy audits at small industrial facilities to identify energy savings opportunities in compressed air systems, process energy, lighting, and HVAC.

City of St. Peter Wastewater Treatment Facility, St. Peter, Merry Tesfu

Goal: Energy savings through improved blower-generated dissolved oxygen and control in the treatment stage.

City of Woodbury, Woodbury, Nathan Landwehr

Goal: Water reduction in residential landscape and turf irrigation.

Ecolibrium3, Duluth, Hanne Guthrie

Goal: Benchmark data and conduct energy, water, and waste audits at small businesses in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

G&K Services, Minnetonka, Katherine Venne

Goal: Solid waste reduction and reducing VOC concentrations in wastewater.

HCMC, Minneapolis, Rachel Kosse

Goal: Water reduction opportunities in system distribution, washing and sterilizing processes, and building process uses.

IBM, Rochester, Danny Sales

Goal: Energy efficiency for on-site cooling coils and air handling units and optimal steam and chilled water conditions.

Lorentz Meats, Cannon Falls, Nicholas Drews

Goal: Reduce energy use in the refrigeration system and other process energy uses, as well as water and chemicals used for multiple cleaning and sanitation operations.

Nordic Ware, St. Louis Park, Roopesh Pushpala

Goal: Improve paint transfer efficiency, conserve energy, increase production throughput, and improve automation.

R&D Systems, Minneapolis, Omar Hammami

Goal: Reduce water use in the DI water system and single-pass water cooled freeze dryers and reduce on-site energy consumption.

TEL FSI, INC., Chaska, Alex Mantos

Goal: Identify water conservation and reuse opportunities and ways to increase materials recycling.

Xcel Energy Riverside and Black Dog Plants, Twin Cities, Christine Lucky

Goal: Evaluate the potential for water use reduction or reuse in multiple processes at each plant.

2011 – 2015


Antea Group, Shoreview, Ross Wise

Goal: Conduct benchmarking study of Minnesota craft breweries and complete road-mapping assessments and reports at select sites.

Caterpillar Paving Products, Brooklyn Park, William Bowman

Goal: Compressed air opportunities to improve energy efficiency.

City of Woodbury, Woodbury, Benjamin Heinle

Goal: Water conservation for commercial irrigation systems.

Davisco Foods, Le Sueur, Stephen Raab

Goal: reduce water usage, wastewater loading, and energy in the cheese production process.

ECO Finishing, Fridley, Jerico Sanchez Hulstrand

Goal: Waste process optimization in the electroplating process

Firmenich, New Ulm, Sushruth Venkatesh

Goal: Increase efficiency and conserve energy in the spray drying process

Kemps Ice Cream, Rochester, Anne Hunter

Goal: Reduce product and raw material loading in the receiving and mixing areas of the ice cream production process.

Lloyd’s BBQ, Mendota Heights, Ayotunde Olatunbosun

Goal: Water conservation, waste reduction, and energy efficiency opportunities in the meat packaging process.

Lou-Rich, Albert Lea, Carter Tollefson

Goal: Improve process efficiency and reduce energy consumption in the freezer line production process.

Park Nicollet Health Services, Twin Cities, Hannah Brady

Goal: Source reduction, waste diversion, and staff education opportunities at clinics.

Sanimax, South Saint Paul, Joseph Carlson

Goal: Reduce water usage, wastewater loading, and energy for four process streams of the by-product reclamation process.

Southwest Regional Solid Waste Commission, Cottonwood, Jackson and Nobles Counties, Nathan Landwehr

Goal: Source reduction and waste diversion opportunities for businesses in Southwest Minnesota.

Xcel Energy Riverside Plant, Minneapolis, Mitchell Cleveland

Goal: Opportunities to conserve and reuse water


ECO Finishing, Fridley, Erik Anderson

Goal: Researching water conservation opportunities in the electroplating process.

GE Water & Process Technologies, Minnetonka, Nikola Trukov

Goal: Researching water reduction opportunities in the production and testing of filter products as well as the use of non-contact cooling water and electrical energy.

Gerdau, St. Paul, Daniel Sundberg

Goal: Investigating heating and reheating processes to find energy efficiencies in steel production.

Kerry Ingredients, Rochester, Simone Richardson

Goal: Investigating methods to reduce wastewater loading and well water usage in food processing.

Kraft Foods, Albany, Boyang Li

Goal: Developing techniques to conserve energy in the cheese drying process.

MGK, Chaska, Neil Peterson

Goal: Researching opportunities to increase efficiency and reduce chemical waste.

MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), St. Paul, Li Guan

Goal: Reducing solid and organic waste at state agencies.

City of St. Cloud, Emily Campion

Goal: Reducing electric energy consumption of aeration blowers.

TEL FSI, INC, Chaska, David Binstock

Goal: Researching multiple water conservation and reuse opportunities and electric energy efficiency improvements.

Uponor, Apple Valley, Christopher Lanari

Goal: Researching material and energy efficiency for a new extrusion process.

Uponor, Apple Valley, Calen Papke

Goal: Researching and developing new methods to improve yield and reduce process waste.


City of Hutchinson Wastewater Treatment Facility, Hutchinson (Spring intern), Yulin Yee

Goal: Researching and evaluating process modification options for denitrification and energy conservation.

Consolidated Precision Products, Bloomington, Anshul Gupta

Goal: Researching energy efficiency and water conservation improvement opportunities in the aluminum casting processes.

CSM Bakery Products, Eagan, Zachary Metz

Goal: Researching opportunities to reduce energy use, conserve water, and improve process efficiencies.

Federal Cartridge, Anoka, Kaylea Brase

Goal: Researching multiple water conservation and recycling oppotunities including single pass cooling applications and other metal-forming manufacturing steps that incoporate washing and rinsing.

Gedney Foods, Chaska, Ryan Venteicher

Goal: Reducing water use and wastewater created during product processing as well as improving efficiencies, reducing salt use, and reducing chloride content in the wastewater.

Northern Star/Michael Foods, Chaska, Alex Hoppes

Goal: Researching possible well water reduction and reuse opportunities in the potato scrubbing process and other plant operations.

Schwing America, White Bear Lake, Paul Senne

Goal: Researching opportunities to reduce energy use and increase efficiency through the lean manufacturing process.

St. Croix Forge, Forest Lake, Amanda Spencer

Goal: Evaluate hydrolic cooling, air compressor, and press lubrication systems identifying ways to cost effectively reduce process energy and material use.

St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth, Ben Wagener

Goal: Researching opportunities to reduce the hospital’s electric energy consumption and costs.

ST Specialty Foods, Brooklyn Park, Rahul Dhuria

Goal: Continuous improvement in a growing pasta packaging company

Tennant Company, Minneapolis, Jaclyn Thomes

Goal: Developing an inventory of all waste streams targeting source reduction and diversion initiatives as well as analyzing water consumption in the reverse osmosis system.


3M, Hutchinson, Olivia Zigler

Goal: Identifying solution for reducing electrical consumption related to the operation of industrial motors.

Ceramic Industrial Coatings, Osseo, Ian Huxford

Goal: Identify solutions to reduce solvent use and waste created during the manufacturing and clean-up processes.

G & K Services, St. Cloud, Leigh Severson

Goal: Determine solutions to reduce water consumption through improved wastewater treatment and reuse.

GE Water and Process Technologies, Minnetonka, Brandon Vogt

Goal: Reduce water consumption related to the production and testing of filter products as well as the use of non-contact cooling water.

Graco, Minneapolis, Brian Joe

Goal: Research the current paint line wash chemistry and making recommendations to implement changes to reduce gas, electric, and water use.

Land O’Lakes, Arden Hills, Jessica Primozich & Matt Domski

Goal: Research and evaluate options for managing organic waste and then develop a model that other facilities can use. Sponsored by Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Board

Northern Iron and Machine, St. Paul, Eric Sterna

Goal: Validate energy and environmental savings of a three-furnace cooling system and investigate heat recovery modifications on heat treat ovens.

Seneca Foods, Rochester, Emily Hutson

Goal: Reduce energy use by identifying opportunities to improve steam system efficiencies.

Various Restaurants, Ramsey & Washington Counties, Jessica Primozich & Matt Domski

Goal: Evaluate restaurants in three geographic locations to identify opportunities for managing organic waste and to create a model for other restaurants. Sponsored by Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Board


August Schell Brewing Company, New Ulm

Goal: Recover waste heat from the brewing and pasteurizing processes and reduce wastewater strength charges.

City of Rogers Wastewater Treatment Plant, Rogers

Goal: Identify energy efficiency opportunities in the wastewater treatment plant.

Ecolab Inc., Eagan

Goal: Reduce energy use in the steam and compressed air systems.

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, St. Paul

Goal: Determine energy efficiency opportunities within a variety of processes at the wastewater treatment facility.

Radisson Hotel, Bloomington

Goal: Evaluate hotel and water park energy use and develop an environmental reduction plan.

Salo Manufacturing, Menahga

Goal: Validate the performance of a low-styrene, soy-based, or no-styrene resin and gel-coats.

Truck Bodies Equipment International, Lake Crystal

Goal: Reduce energy use in painting, curing, ventilation, and dust collecting processes, as well as in compressed air systems.

Uponor Inc., Apple Valley

Goal: Reduce energy use in manufacturing processes and facility.