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Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Environmental Engineering


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Minto Centre, Room 3090
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1S 5B6
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The Institute

Director of the Institute: Kevin Kennedy
Associate Directors of the Institute:
  Carleton University: Paul Van Geel
  University of Ottawa: Jason Zhang

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.

  • O. Basu, Water and wastewater process optimization, bioreactor and membrane systems (C)
  • P. Champagne, Environmental engineering, passive treatment systems, acid mine drainage (AMD) mitigation, composting and solid waste management (C)
  • R. L. Droste, Water and wastewater treatment process modeling, watershed modeling (CVG)
  • M. Dube, Biodiesel, polymer reaction engineering (CHG)
  • L. Fernandes, Agricultural and solid waste management, wastewater treatment, bioremediation (CVG)
  • L. Graham, Mobile and stationary source emissions (C-Adjunct)
  • D. Karman, Air pollution and control, motor vehicle emissions and urban air quality (C)
  • K. J. Kennedy, Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, advanced anaerobic digestion processes, anaerobic digestion processes, fate of contaminants in wastewater treatment (CVG)
  • B. Kruczek, Membrane gas separation processes (CHG)
  • C. Lan, Biological treatment of industrial wastewater, magnetic field enhanced separation, ion exchange, membrane separation, membrane bioreactors (CHG)
  • T. Matsuura, Membrane separation processes (CHG)
  • D. D. McLean, Modeling, control, optimization and robust design of waste treatment processes (CHG)
  • R.M. Narbaitz, Physicochemical water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management (CVG)
  • I. Nistor, Hydraulics of landfill sites, dam safety, sediment transport on coastal areas, risk assessment, hydraulic structures (CVG)
  • B. Ormeci, Water treatment, wastewater treatment, disinfection, treatment and management of biosolids (C)
  • W. J. Parker, Wastewater treatment, fate of contaminants in engineered and natural systems, biological processes. (C - Adjunct)
  • G.G. Patry, Wastewater treatment process simulation and control (CVG)
  • C. Rennie, Surface water quality, climate change, fluvial habitat, sediment transport, river hydraulics (CVG)
  • N. Ross, Biofilms in natural systems, groundwater bioremediation, microbial ecology, ecotoxicological assessment (CHG)
  • P. Simms, Solid waste reduction, mine waste management, surface disposal of thickened tailings, flow in unsaturated soils, soil microstructure (C)
  • F. Handan Tezel, Air pollution control, water pollution control, environmental engineering (CHG)
  • A.Y. Tremblay, Synthetic membranes, process and wastewater treatment, air pollution and control (CHG)
  • S. Vanapalli, Hog manure management, flow behaviour in contaminant soils, soil liners, acid mine drainage (CVG)
  • P. J. Van Geel, Groundwater flow and contaminant transport, waste disposal (C)
  • M. A. Warith, Environmental Engineering (CVG - Adjunct)
  • J. Zhang, Modeling, scale-up of oxidations systems, combined photcatalytic/biological treatment (CHG)

Master's Program

Admission Requirements

The 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 a thesis leading to a M.A.Sc., a project option leading to a M.Eng., or a coursework option leading to a M. Eng. The requirements for coursework are specified in terms of credits. At Carleton University, 1.0 credit typically comprises 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 (M.A.Sc.)

The requirements are:

1) Completion of a minimum of 3.0 credits by course, with at least 0.5 credit from each of at least three of the areas of study listed below;

2)Participation in the graduate seminar series (ENVE 5800) (0.0 credit);

3) Completion and successful oral defence of a research thesis (equivalent to 3.0 credits).

Project Option (M.Eng.)

The requirements are:

1) 4.0 credits;

2) A project equivalent to 1.0 credit;

3) Participation in the graduate student seminar series (ENVE 5800) (0.0 credit).

Coursework Option (M.Eng.)

The requirements are:

1) 5.0 credits;

2) Participation in the graduate student seminar series (ENVE 5800) (0.0 credit).

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 colleagues 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) (0.0 credit);

3) Successful completion of the comprehensive examination, which consists of a presentation of a Ph.D. research proposal followed by an oral examination to assess any academic deficiencies in the student's background related to the proposed research project and to assess the originality and feasibility of the proposed research project. The comprehensive examination should be completed within the first 16 months (or the equivalent of four full-time terms) or the student's program;

4) Completion and successful oral defence of a research thesis (ENVE 6909) (8.5 credits).

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 engineering (see 'Breadth Requirement' under 'Master's Program' above) through course work completed to date (undergraduate and graduate) and the comprehensive examination.

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 5101) Air Pollution Control
ENVE 5102 (CVG 7161) Traffic-Related Air Pollution
ENVE 5103 (CVG 7162) Air Quality Modeling
ENVE 5104 (EVG 5104) Indoor Air Quality
(CHG 8132) ENVJ 5105 Adsorption Separation Processes
Water Resources Management, Groundwater Management, and Contaminant Transport
ENVE 5301 (EVG 7301) Contaminant Hydrogeology
ENVE 5302 (CVG 7163) Case Studies in Hydrogeology
ENVE 5303 (EVG 7303) Multiphase Flow in Soils
CIVE 5504 (CVG 7108) Seepage through Soils
(CVG 5125) CIVJ 5601 Statistical Methods in Hydrology
(CVG 5126) CIVJ 5602 Stochastic Hydrology
(CVG 5131) CIVJ 5606 River Engineering
(CHG 8158) ENVJ 5304 Porous Media
ERTH 5403 (GEO 5143) Environmental Isotopes
ERTH 5404 (GEO 5144) Groundwater Resources
ERTH 5406 (GEO 5146) Numerical Methods in Hydrogeology
ERTH 5407 (GEO 5147) Geochemistry of Natural Waters
ERTH 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) Geo-Environmental Engineering
ENVE 5202 (EVG 7202) Contaminant Fate Mechanisms
ENVE 5203 (EVG 5203) Hazardous and Radioactive Wastes
(CVG 5331) ENVJ 5902 Sludge Utilization and Disposal
(CVG 5133) ENVJ 5906 Solid Waste Disposal
(CVG 5179) ENVJ 5908 Anaerobic Digestion
Water and Wastewater Treatment
ENVE 5001 (CVG 5001) Biofilm Processes
(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) Environmental Impacts of Major Projects

Other Courses

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

ENVE 5402 (EVG 7402) Finite Elements in Field Problems
(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) Engineering Statistics and Probabilities
CIVE 5304 (CVG 7150) Intercity Transportation
CIVE 5305 (CVG 7151) Traffic Engineering
CIVE 5307 (CVG 7153) Urban Transportation

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) Master's Seminar
ENVE 5906 (EVG 6108) Directed Studies 1
ENVE 5907 (EVG 6109) Directed Studies 2
ENVE 7800 (EVG 7801) Ph.D. Seminar
ENVE 5701 (ENV 7301) - ENVE 5705 (ENV 7305) Topics in Environmental Engineering
Projects and Theses
ENVE 5900 Environmental Engineering Project
ENVE 5909 Master's Thesis
ENVE 6909 Ph.D. Thesis
(EVG 6000) Environmental Engineering Project
(EVG 7999) Master's Thesis
(EVG 9998) Comprehensive Examination
(EVG 9999) Ph.D. Thesis
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