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A Sound Choice

Biloxi, MS


Date Accepted


Team Info

Mark Seymour, Jr.

Biloxi, MS

Team Quote

The Mississippi Sound has always been an integral part of our rich heritage along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  It has supported the livelihood of many families from the earliest of settlers through generations to date.  The Mississippi Gulf Coast is considered a recreational playground by our community and thousands of tourists who visit year-round, with its abundance of fishing, boating, and family activities, along with its gentle shoreline and shallow near shore waters.  Furthermore, it defines an image, which is judged by the world!

Our team, “A Sound Choice,” is comprised with a nucleus of professionals who are residents of this wonderful community and others who have visited and worked within the area and fully understand the significance of this body of water to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

It is with this love of our community, its people, and those who will follow, that we are committed to develop a feasible solution to restore the water quality of the Mississippi Sound and to preserve this pristine area so it can continue to be a bountiful, vibrant part of our Coastal Heritage for this generation and many generations to follow.

Team Bios

Mark Seymour, Jr., P.E.
B.S. Civil Engineering Mississippi State University Bobby Weaver Previously responsible for the operation and management of the 26 miles of sand beach along the MS Sound for 12 years.

James Booth, Jr., P.L.S.
Topographic, hydrographic & boundary surveys Erica Davis, P.E.
B.S. Civil Engineering, Mississippi State University.

Mark Boner
Mark has a BCS & MSSE from Georgia Tech and is the inventor of the compressed media filter for the stormwater treatment system in design submittal.

George Peart
George holds AS & BS degrees from Louisiana Tech Univ. in G.S minor in Math, and Petroleum Engineering, respectively.  Has also competed  post graduate work in Env. Engineering from the Univ. of Mississippi.

Dave Tomowich
Technical Sales Manager Wedeco.  Activities have included the application and sale of Wedeco’s UV disinfection and oxidation products for the treatment of municipal wastewater and drinking water.

Dominique Brocard, Ph.D.
Senior Technical Specialist with AECOM with experience in outfall hydraulics and receiving water quality impacts

Jennifer Doyle-Breen
B.A. Biology, Holy Cross; M.S. Plant Biology, Univ. New Hampshire. Jennifer is project manager and wetland scientist for AECOM.

John Olsen, Jr., AIA. NCARB
Bachelor of Architecture, Mississippi State University

Shiao Y. Wang ,Ph.D.
B.S. Biology, William Carey College, M.S. Biology, University of Southern Mississippi, Ph.D. Zoology and Physiology, Louisiana State University;  Dr. Wang is the Interim Chair and current Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Dr. Wang has written on and studied many aspects of the water quality in the Mississippi and coastal waters.

Semi-finalist Video

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