University of Michigan

Educating the next generation of water & wastewater engineers

Many of the world’s leading universities also use Transcend tools, including the Transcend Design Generator, to teach the next generation of infrastructure engineers. We believe that training the next generation of professionals how to use cutting edge generative design tools leads to more sustainable, innovative infrastructure and ‘future proofs’ their careers by learning how to work with, not against, software.


Implement TDG into curriculum

  • Dr. Glen Daigger, a renowned wastewater treatment expert and Professor of Environmental Biotechnology at the University of Michigan, has implemented TDG as part of his curriculum for a senior design course that includes biological wastewater treatment
  • Dr. Daigger’s students are provided a ‘hands on’ experience acting in a ‘real world’ setting to complete a wastewater treatment project.
Implement TDG into curriculum
University of Michigan uses TDG

University of Michigan uses TDG

  • TDG is not a required tool to use as part of the curriculum, just like in the real world. It’s up to the students whether they choose to use it. Students are tasked with developing a design concept idea and doing that in the most efficient way possible.
  • This year, two teams assigned one or two people to look at using the software. They quickly realized the benefits that TDG could bring to their preliminary design work after trying to develop calculations and designs the ‘traditional,’ manual way.

Key Wins

  • Cavagnaro sees a big difference in the success of the teams who use TDG and those who don’t. “There was one person on each team that went through the whole problem-solving process with Transcend. One of them got a lot of information about the building related spaces, the office space, restrooms, conference rooms. They were able to take editable Excel files to do analysis and compare process models between Transcend and SUMO.
Key Wins

“We’re in a different world today. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Just the economics of design and from what I’ve seen, your product can do in terms of the initial output. Why wouldn’t you want access to this as a tool in developing your initial work plans and concept designs?”
Pete Cavagnaro – Director of Water Resources Recovery Solutions


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