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Water and Environmental Engineering Facilities

Laboratory space is available for conducting bench-scale experimental studies, including temperature-controlled chambers. A range of analytical equipment supports both in-house and field investigation, gas chromatographs, ion chromatograph, total carbon analyzer, TRAACS auto-analyzer, scanning UV spectrophotometer, Hach portable laboratory, refrigerated centrifuge, etc. The laboratory has both bench- and pilot-scale unit processes for water and wastewater treatment and is equipped for a range of wet chemistry analyses. Extensive experimental facilities and support are available through Environment Canada's National Water Research Institute and Wastewater Technology International Corp. in Burlington.

In addition to the University-based computing resources, graduate students have access to a variety of specialized computational tools. Hardware consists of Sun Sparcstations, Macintoshes and IBM-compatible personal computers, all of which are linked to the campus Ethernet. In addition, a state-of-the-art hardware/software video imaging system is utilized in studies of environmental hydraulics. There are also microcomputer and workstation facilities for the application of environmental information systems (EIS) methodologies to water resources and global climate change problems, and GIS modeling approaches are used to develop decision support systems for municipal solid waste management planning and for the design of sustainable communities.

Professors with Expertise in Water and Environmental Engineering

  • Brian W. Baetz: Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Communities, Knowledge-based Systems.
  • Paulin Coulibaly: Water Resources Systems Analysis and Modeling, Climate Variability/Change and Hydrologic Variable, Dynamic Data-Driven Methods in Hydrology,High-Resolution Soil Moisture Monitoring, Analysis and Modeling.
  • Sarah Dickson: Hydrogeology, Source Zone Characterization and Remediation.
  • Yiping Guo: Environmental Hydrology; Water Resource Engineering; Storm Water Management; Reliability, Risk and Uncertainty Analysis.
  • Ioannis Tsanis: Environmental Engineering, Environmental Information Systems (EIS), Water Resources.