Environmental Engineering

PhD, MASc, MEng

Environmental Engineering research involves the development of methods or processes to minimize the impact of human activities on the environment.

Research at the School of Engineering focuses on the development of sustainable systems to prevent environmental degradation or to remediate existing environmental problems associated with industrial, agricultural and municipal activities.

Involves methods to prevent or mitigate damage to the environment by reduction, treatment, and reclamation of solid, liquid and gaseous by-products of industrial, agricultural and municipal activities. There is a strong emphasis on the behavior and fate of contaminants in the environment.

Areas of Research

Graduate students can pursue research in the following areas: 

  • Pollution prevention
  • Transport and fate contamination
  • Remediation of contaminated soil
  • Air quality monitoring and modelling
  • Water conservation and demand-side management
  • Solid waste management
  • Ecological flow assessment
  • Membrane separation processes for water and wastewater treatment
  • Energy from wastewater
  • Energy efficiency and community energy planning
  • Renewable energy
  • Integrated water resources management
  • Advanced oxidation technologies


  • 5 Environmental Research laboratories
  • Wind Tunnel
  • Fully-Continuous Supercritical Fluid Extraction System
  • Bioremediation Respirometry
  • Composting
  • Siloxane Test Oven
  • Bioretention Lysimetry
  • Membrane Water Treatment Pilot Systems (@ Guelph’s Wastewater Treatment Plant)
  • Emission Factors from dead animal cremation units (@ Arkell Research Farm)
  • Quantitative Thermography for Energy Efficiency (@ McNeil Consumer Healthcare)
  • Measuring Mercury in the Environment (@ Alert, Nunavut)
  • Hanlon Creek Watershed (@ Hanlon Creek Watershed)