Intern Symposium

2018 Intern Symposium

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August 16, 2018 1:00PM – 5:00PM

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This year’s MnTAP Intern Symposium features 15 projects at companies around the state. The interns will highlight the opportunities they have identified for saving water, energy, and waste during their 3-month internships. Groups of four interns will each present 10 minute summaries of their projects followed by a panel question and answer period. A poster session will also allow attendees time to learn more about each project.  Join them on August 16th at the McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota.

2018 Intern Projects:

  • Advanced Web Technologies Labels & Packaging – Lead a project focused on process waste and solvent use at a facility that produces high quality labels and flexible packaging, Minneapolis, MN
  • Aveda Corporation – Process water conservation and efficiency in the manufacture of personal care products, Blaine, MN
  • Carley Foundry – Lead a project focused on energy efficiency at an aluminum foundry, Blaine, MN
  • Center for Energy and Environment – Energy efficiency at small industrial facilities,Minneapolis, MN
  • City of Woodbury – Lead a project focused on water conservation through residential turf irrigation, Woodbury, MN
  • KapStone Container Corporation – Lead a project focused on process paper waste improvements and water reduction at a manufacturer of corrugated (cardboard) boxes, Fridley MN
  • Lamb Weston RDO Frozen Foods – Lead a project focused on water, energy and chemical use optimization at a potato product facility, Park Rapids, MN
  • Minnesota Correctional Facility – Lead a project focused on developing recycling and organics recycling programs at Minnesota Correctional Facilities, Lino Lakes, MN
  • North Memorial Health Hospital – Lead a project focused on water conservation for a healthcare system’s two hospitals, Maple Grove Hospital
  • Phillips Community – Lead a project focused on improving air quality in multi-family housing, Minneapolis, MN
  • Phillips Distilling – Lead a project focused on wastewater and water reduction in a distillery, Princeton, MN
  • Science Museum of Minnesota – Lead a project focused facility-wide water conservation and reuse at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN
  • SensoryEffects – Lead a project focused on heat recovery and water conservation at a food processor, Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Thomson Reuters – Lead a project focused on water conservation at a book production facility, Eagan, MN

If you have any questions or need more information contact Nathan Landwehr, MnTAP’s Intern Program Administrator, at 612-624-4697 or landwehr@umn.edu.

2017 Intern Symposium

On August 22, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, 17 MnTAP interns presented their findings from their summer projects. The event took place from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus. Each presentation was 15 minutes with five minutes for questions and answers. The event included a poster session and refreshment break that provided ample opportunities to network and interact with the interns.

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 2017 Intern Projects:

  • Advanced Extrusion, Rogers: Reduce energy and waste in plastic extrusion operations.
  • Aqseptence Group Inc., New Brighton: Reduce water use in sheet metal fabrication processes.
  • Bailey Nurseries, Cottage Grove: Water conservation in plant production.
  • Center for Energy & the Environment, Twin Cities: Increase energy efficiency at small industrial facilities.
  • CertainTeed Roofing, Shakopee: Increase production rates, reduce water use and optimize evaporative cooling process in shingle manufacturing.
  • City of New Prague Wastewater Treatment Facility, New Prague: Optimize wastewater treatment processes.
  • Diasorin Inc., Stillwater: Optimize water use in medical diagnostic devices manufacturing.
  • Electric Machinery, Minneapolis: Water reduction at a large motor manufacturer.
  • Fulton Brewery, Minneapolis: Reduce waste and wastewater at a craft brewery.
  • Kerry Ingredients and Flavours, Rochester: Improve energy and chemical use efficiency.
  • Minneapolis Water Treatment & Distribution Services, Columbia Heights: Optimize chemical treatment process to reduce chemical use aimprove discharge water quality
  • Phillips Community, Minneapolis: Improving air quality at small businesses by encouraging the adoption of products and processes that eliminate hazardous air pollutants and reduce emissions of volatile organ compounds.
  • Phillip’s Distilling, Princeton: Energy and water conservation in a distillery.
  • Plastech Corp, Rush City: Waste and energy reduction in a plastic injection molding operation.
  • Seneca Foods, Rochester: Reduce product loss and improve water and chemical use efficiency.
  • SkyWater Technology Foundry, Bloomington: Optimize energy efficiency of air handling systems
  • Smith Foundry, Minneapolis: Improve air quality through process optimization.

2016 Intern Symposium

On August 23, 2016 at the University of Minnesota, 14 MnTAP interns presented their findings from their summer projects. The event took place from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus. Each presentation was 15 minutes with five minutes for questions and answers. The event included a poster session and refreshment break that provided ample opportunities to network and interact with the interns.

Solutions 2016View Event Program Project Summaries, Reports, & Posters

Symposium Presentation Recordings

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2015 Intern Symposium

On August 20, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, 13 MnTAP interns presented their findings from their summer projects. The event took place from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus. Each presentation was 15 minutes with five minutes for questions and answers. The event included a poster session and refreshment break that provided ample opportunities to network and interact with the interns.  The symposium also included a celebration for MnTAP’s 30th Anniversary!

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