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Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Environmental Engineering

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Minto Centre, Rm. 3091
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1S 5B6
Telephone: 520-5659
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The Institute

Director of the Institute: S. Sridhar
Associate Directors of the Institute: R. Narbaitz and F. Tezel

Established in 2000, the Institute combines the research strengths and resources of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University and the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa. Programs leading to M.Eng., M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering are available through the Institute. Registration will be at the university with which the student's supervisor is affiliated. Requests for admission may be sent to the Director of the Institute. Related fields of study and research in environmental engineering are also available through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Civil Engineering (which offers graduate degrees in Civil Engineering) and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa (which offers graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering).

Members of the Institute

Members of the Institute are listed below. The "home" department of each member is indicated by (C) for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University, (CVG) for the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa, and (CHG) for the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa.

  • Pascale Champagne, Environmental engineering, passive treatment systems, acid mine drainage (AMD) mitigation, composting and solid waste management (C)
  • Ronald L. Droste, Water and wastewater treatment process modeling, watershed modeling (CVG)
  • Leta Fernandes, Agricultural and solid waste management, wastewater treatment, bioremediation (O)
  • Lisa Graham, Environmental engineering, mobile and stationary source emissions (C-Adjunct)
  • Deniz Karman, Air pollution and control, motor vehicle emissions and urban air quality (C)
  • Kevin J. Kennedy, Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, advanced anaerobic digestion processes, anaerobic digestion processes, fate of contaminants in wastewater treatment (CVG)
  • Boguslaw Kruczek, Membrane gas separation processes (CHG)
  • Takeshi Matsuura, Membrane separation processes (CHG)
  • David D. McLean, Modeling, control, optimization and robust design of waste treatment processes (CHG)
  • Roberto M. Narbaitz, Physicochemical water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management (CVG)
  • Wayne J. Parker, Wastewater treatment, fate of contaminants in engineered and natural systems, biological processes. (C)
  • Gilles G. Patry, Wastewater treatment process simulation and control (CVG)
  • T. Sampat Sridhar, Environmental impact assessment, wastewater treatment, hazardous and radioactive waste, pollution control (C)
  • F. Handan Tezel, Air pollution control, water pollution control, environmental engineering (CHG)
  • André Y. Tremblay, Synthetic membranes, process and wastewater treatment, air pollution and control (CHG)
  • Paul J. Van Geel, Groundwater flow and contaminant transport, waste disposal (C)
  • M. A. Warith, Environmental Engineering (O - Adjunct)

Master's Program

Admission Requirements

The normal requirement for admission to the master's program in Environmental Engineering is a four-year bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering, other related engineering disciplines (Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, etc.), or Environmental Science disciplines.

All students entering the program are required to have courses in mathematics, probability and statistics equivalent to courses required in undergraduate engineering programs. Students admitted without full equivalency in these areas are expected to take appropriate undergraduate courses early in their studies. These courses will be additional to the normal degree requirements.

All students entering the program are also required to have taken undergraduate courses equivalent to the following:

MECH 2300 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

ENVE 3001 Environmental Engineering Unit Operations

ENVE 3002 Environmental Engineering Systems Modeling

These courses are considered to provide the minimum background in fluid mechanics, and in physical, chemical, and biochemical treatment principles, necessary to adequately follow environmental engineering courses at the graduate level. Depending on their background, students may have been exposed to these principles through a different combination of courses in their undergraduate curriculum. Students entering the program without an equivalent background in these topics are expected to take these courses early in their studies and they are considered additional to those normally required for the degree.

Program Requirements

Study at the master's level can be pursued through either a thesis or a project option. The requirements for course work are specified in terms of credits. At Carleton University, 1.0 credit typically comp rises three hours of lectures or seminars a week for two terms, or the equivalent. At the University of Ottawa, 1.0 course credit is one hour of instruction per week for one term. Thus 1.0 credit in Carleton University notation is equivalent to 6 course credits in the University of Ottawa notation.

Thesis Option

The requirements for the master's degree by thesis are as follows:

  1. Completion of a minimum of (3.0) credits by course, with at least one course (0.5 credits) from each of at least three of the areas of study listed below;
  2. Participation in the graduate seminar series (ENVE 5800);
  3. Completion and successful oral defence of a research thesis (equivalent to 3.0 credits).

Project Option

The requirements for students who pursue the project option are participation in the graduate seminar and the completion of 6 credits, including (4.5) course credits, and a project equivalent to the remaining (1.5) credits.

Breadth Requirement

In keeping with the objective of ensuring a breadth of knowledge for graduates of the program, students in the master's program are expected to take at least one graduate level course from each of at least three of the following areas of study:

  • Air Pollution
  • Water Resources Management, Groundwater Management and Contaminant Transport
  • Management of Solid, Hazardous, and Radioactive Waste, and Pollution Prevention
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

This requirement serves the objectives of educating graduate professionals who are not only specialized in one area but who are sufficiently familiar with problems and different approaches in the other areas to enable them to interact readily at a technical level with colle agues working in those areas. In addition to the courses associated with the individual areas, students will be encouraged to select courses from fundamental areas such as chemistry, numerical modeling, and applied statistics.

Master's or Ph.D. candidates transferring from another university must take at least half their courses at the Institute.

Doctoral Program

Admission Requirements

The normal requirement for admission into the Ph.D. Program in Environmental Engineering is completion of either:

  • A Master's degree in Environmental Engineering, or
  • A Master's degree in an engineering discipline with an environmental specialization.

Students wishing to enter the program who do not have either of these backgrounds will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Additional course requirements may be specified in some cases.

Program Requirements

The requirements for the Ph.D. program (from a Master's degree) are as follows:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 1.5 credits by course;
  2. Participation in the graduate seminar series (ENVE 7800);
  3. Successful completion of written and oral comprehensive examinations in subject areas determined by the advisory committee;
  4. Successful presentation of the Ph.D. proposal before the advisory committee;
  5. Completion and successful oral defence of a research thesis.

Master's students with outstanding performance in the master's courses may request transfer into the Ph.D. program without completing the master's degree. Students who are permitted to do so require 4.5 credits for a Ph.D., including any credits transferred from the Master's degree program.

Candidates in the Ph.D. program are expected to demonstrate a broad knowledge of the areas within environmental eng ineering (see «Breadth Requirement» under «Master's Program» above). Successful completion of the comprehensive examinations indicates that a candidate has acquired this knowledge. The comprehensive examinations, which normally should be completed within twelve months of registration, consist of at least three written exams in areas that are determined by the advisory committee and the candidate, and the defense of a written research proposal. One of the written exams is within the specific area of research of the candidate and serves to assess the depth of the candidate's background in this area. The remaining two exams serve to satisfy the objective of assessing the candidate's breadth of fundamental knowledge in two other areas of environmental engineering. These exams are selected by the candidate from a list that is proposed by the advisory committee. Upon completion of the written exams, an oral exam is held if requested by one or more of the committee members. The thesis proposal normally should be defended within 4 months of completion of the written exams.

Graduate Courses

Course selection is subject to the approval of the adviser or the Advisory committee. Students may choose courses offered at either university from among those listed below.

The courses listed below are grouped by area of study. Master's students must complete at least one course in three of the five areas. The Director will decide when a course offered under a Special Topics or Directed Studies heading can be considered to meet the requirements of a given area. Course descriptions may be found in the departmental sections of the calendars concerned. Course codes in parentheses are for University of Ottawa (CHG and CVG), and those that begin with the prefix "ENVE" or "CIVE" are offered at Carleton. Only a selection of courses is given in a particular academic year.

Air Pollution

ENVE 5101(EVG 7101)
ENVE 5102 (CVG 7161)
ENVE 5103 (CVG 7162)
ENVE 5104 (EVG 7104)
(CHG 8132) ENVJ 5105 Adsorption Separation Processes

Water Resources Management, Groundwater Management, and Contaminant Transport

ENVE 5301 (EVG 7301)
ENVE 5302 (CVG 7163)
ENVE 5303 (EVG 7303)
CIVE 5504 (CVG 7108)
(CVG 5125) CIVJ 5601 Statistical Methods in Hydrology
(CVG 5126) CIVJ 5602 Stochastic Hydrology
(CVG 5131) CIVJ 5606 River Engineering
(CHG 8158) ENVJ5304 Porous Media
GEOL 5403 (GEO 5143) Environmental
GEOL 5404 (GEO 5144) Groundwater Resources
GEOL 5406 (GEO 5146) Numerical Methods in Hydrogeology
GEOL 5407 (GEO 5147) Geochemistry of Natural Waters
GEOL 5408 (GEO 5148) Theory of Flow and Transport in Porous Media

Management of Solid, Hazardous, and Radioactive Waste and Pollution Prevention

ENVE 5201 (EVG 7201)
ENVE 5202 (EVG 7202)
ENVE 5203 (CVG 7164)
(CVG 5133) ENVJ 5906 Solid Waste Disposal
(CVG 5179) ENVJ 5908 Anaerobic Digestion

Water and Wastewater Treatment

ENVE 5001 (EVG 5001)
(CVG 5130) ENVJ 5900 Wastewater Treatment Process Design
(CVG 5132) ENVJ 5901 Unit Operations of Water Treatment
(CVG 5134) ENVJ 5907 Chemistry for Environmental Engineering
(CVG 5135) ENVJ 5608 Water Supply and Sanitation in Developing Countries
(CVG 5136) ENVJ 5904 Water and Wastewater Treatment Laboratories
(CVG 5137) ENVJ 5905 Water and Wastewater Treatment Process Analysis
(CVG 5180) ENVJ 5909 Biological Nutrient Removal
(CHG 8181) ENVJ 5501 Biochemical Engineering
(CHG 8192) ENVJ 5502 Membrane Applications in Environmental Engineering
(CHG 8198) ENVJ 5503 Reverse Osmosis

Environmental Impact Assessment

ENVE 5401(EVG 7401)

Other Courses

To fulfil the requirements beyond the 1.5 credits of area courses, students may choose from the following:

ENVE 5402 (EVG 7402)
ENVE 5701 - ENVE 5705 (ENV 7301 - ENV 7305)
(CHG 8153) ENVJ 5500 Statistical Modeling and Control of Dynamic Processes
(CHG 8186) ENVJ 5506 Modeling of Steady-State Processes
(CHG 8194) ENVJ 5504 Membrane Separation Processes
(CHG 8195) ENVJ 5505 Advanced Numerical Methods in Transport Phenomena
(CHG 8196) ENVJ 5507 Interfacial Phenomena in Engineering
(CVG 5128) ENVJ 5604 Water Resources Planning and Policy
CIVE 5601 (CVG 7140)
CIVE 5304 (CVG 7150)
CIVE 5305 (CVG 7151)
CIVE 5307 (CVG 7153)

Students may also, subject to approval, select courses from the graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Computer Sciences, Geography and Public Policy and Administration at both universities.

Seminars, Directed Studies and Special Topics

ENVE 5800 (EVG 7800)
ENVE 5906 (EVG 6108)
ENVE 5907 (EVG 6109)
ENVE 7800 (EVG 7801)

Projects and Theses

ENVE 5900
ENVE 5909
ENVE 6909
((EVG 6000) Environmental Engineering Project
(EVG 7999) Master's Thesis
(EVG 9998) Comprehensive Examination
(EVG 9999) Ph.D. Thesis
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