Environmental Engineering

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.


Bassim Abbassi 
Bassim Abbassi Ph.D., P.Eng

  • Decentralized and Onsite Wastewater Treatment

  • Electrochemical Advanced Oxidation and Electrokinetics in Wastewater Treatment

  • Electrocoagulation for Phosphorous Removal from Wastewater

  • Electroflotation in Treating Food Processing Wastewater

  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Management

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Engineering Design

Amir Aliabadi

Amir A. Aliabadi, Ph.D, P.Eng.

  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Air quality and thermal comfort in indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Thermo-fluids of air including heat, mass, and pollutant transfer processes
  • Urban environment

Andrea Bradford

Andrea Bradford, Ph.D., P.Eng

  • Urban Water Resource Management
  • Wetland hydroecology
  • Green Infrastructure for stormwater management
  • Environmental flow assessment 


Sheng Chang

Sheng Chang, Ph.D., P.Eng

  • Anaerobic digestion for energy/resource recovery
  • Membrane module & system optimization
  • Membrane applications in environmental engineering
  • Biological nutrient recovery


Emily Chiang

Emily YW Chiang, Ph.D, P.Eng

  • CO2 utilization for the production of microalgae & cyanobacteria
  • Conversion of industrial inorganic residues
  • Biohydrometallurgy
  • Remediation of heavy metal contaminated soils


William Lubitz

William Lubitz, Ph.D., P.Eng

  • Microhydro power
  • Wind energy & resources
  • Solar energy & microclimates
  • Environmental aerodynamics

Bill VanHeyst

Bill Van Heyst, Ph.D., P.Eng

  • Exchange of elemental & reactive mercury
  • Air quality policy & regulations
  • Characterizing process emission factors & developing emission inventories from agriculture

Hongde Zhou

Hongde Zhou, Ph.D., P.Eng
NSERC/GE Industrial Research Chair in Advanced Wastewater Technologies

  • Energy & resource recovery from wastewater & waste
  • UV & advanced oxidation processes
  • Membrane processes in water and wastewater treatment
  • Fate & control of emerging contaminants

Richard Zytner

Richard Zytner, Ph.D., P.Eng, FEC

  • Soil remediation technology
  • Treatment of food processing wastewater
  • Treatment of vegetable & fruit wash-water & residues

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