A team of four from Texas Tech will compete at the capitol this week in the Texas Energy Innovation Challenge, which challenges interdisciplinary students to create solutions to current energy problems existing within the state.

Tech’s team consists of: Ebru Unal, a doctoral student in the department of petroleum engineering; James Urban, a master’s student in the Rawls College of Business; Ritesh Sevanthi; and Soraya Honarparvar, a doctoral student in the department of chemical engineering.

The team is competing against other universities to solve issues of non-potable water created through fracking.

The team’s faculty sponsor, Danny Reible, said of the group’s efforts, “This water can be a small but important piece of the overall Texas water puzzle, particularly in parched West Texas.”