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The chair has completed training and education for many graduate students. Historically, more than a third of the students are at the Ph.D. level. In addition, training has been provided for several Postdoctoral Fellows and for technical staff. A number of individuals previously associated with the Chair have gone on to become Professors.

Current Chair Personnel    Current Grad Students

Former Grad Students

Banihashemi, Avid, Ph.D.
Molecular-Based Methods to Detect Viable Bacterial Pathogens in Source Waters
Post-Chair Employment: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Waterloo
Basu, Onita, Ph.D.
Integrated Biofiltration-Membrane Process for the Treatment of a Water with a High Humic Acid Content.
Post-Chair Employment: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
Booth, Stephen D.J., Ph.D.
Formation and Removal of Ozonation By-Products in Drinking Water Biofilters.
Post-Chair Employment: Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, Federal Way, WA USA
Borisko, Jeff, MASc.
Factors Influencing Heterotrophic Microbial Abundance in a Treatment Wetland System in Southern Ontario.
Post-Chair Employment: Regional Watershed Monitoring Program, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Cheyne, Bo, MASc.
Detecting Pathogenic Yersinia enterocolitica in Surface Water from the Grand River Watershed: An Evaluation and Comparison of Methods
Post-Chair Employment: Environmental Health Specialist, Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health
Cleary, Shawn, MASc.
Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment for Small Communities using Multistage Slow Sand Filtration
Post-Chair Employment: Professor, School of Applied Technology at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Etobicoke, Ontario.
Cober, Karl, MASc.
Modeling Chloramine Residual Decay in a Full Scale Drinking Water Distribution System.
Post-Chair Employment: Waterworks Project Manager, Environmental Services Dept., City of Guelph
Croft, Jamie, MASc.
Natural Organic Matter Characterization of Different Source and Treated Waters: Implications for Membrane Fouling Control
Post-Chair Employment: Stantec Consulting Inc.
Crosina, Quinn, MASc.
A Bench-scale Evaluation of the Removal of Selected Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products by UV and UV/H2O2 in Drinking Water Treatment
Post-Chair Employment: Water Process Engineer, Associated Engineering Ltd., Burnaby, British Columbia
DeLoyde, Jeff, MASc.
Removal of MS2 Bacteriophage, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Turbidity by Pilot-Scale Multistage Slow Sand Filtration
Post-Chair Employment: Environmental (Process) Engineer, CH2M HILL, Ottawa, ON
Dong, Shujun, MASc.
Detection, Characterization and Application of E. coli NAR as a Biotracer for Examining Pathogen Fate and Removal during Biological Wastewater Treatment.
Post-Chair Employment: Hydromantis
Dorner, Sarah M., Ph.D.
Waterborne Pathogens: Sources, Fate and Transport in a Watershed used for a Drinking Water Supply.
Post-Chair Employment: Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Microbial Contaminant Dynamics in Source Waters Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering (CGM) École Polytechnique de Montréal
Edwards, Elia, MASc.
Full-Scale Assessment of Disinfection Strategies: City of Brantford Water Purification Plant.
Post-Chair Employment: Discipline Lead - Water Division, Associated Engineering Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
El Henawy, Walid, MASc.
The Effect of Selected Coagulants on Chloride-to-Sulfate Mass Ratio for Lead Control and on Organics Removal in Two Source Waters
Post-Chair Employment: Engineer, Conestoga Rovers, Calgary, AB
Elhadi, Sarah L.N., Ph.D.
Removal of Earthy/Musty Odour Compounds from Drinking Water by Biological Filtration.
Post-Chair Employment: Senior Advisor, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Government of New Brunswick, Canada
Emelko, Monica B., Ph.D.
Removal of Cryptosporidium parvum by Granular Media Filtration
Post-Chair Employment: Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Gagnon, Graham A., Ph.D.
Utilization of Biodegradable Organic Matter by Biofilms in Drinking Water Distribution Systems
Post-Chair Employment: Associate Professor and Canada Research Chairholder in the Department of Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada
Halevy, Patrick, MASc.
Advanced Water Treatment Strategies for the Removal of Natural and Synthetic Organic Contaminants
Post-Chair Employment: Water Quality Chemist, City of Brantford, ON
Hallé, Cynthia, Ph.D.
Biofiltration in Drinking Water Treatment: Reduction of Membrane Fouling and Biodegradation of Organic Trace Contaminants
Post-Chair Employment: Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Dept. of Hydraulic & Environmental Engineering
Hamouda, Mohamed, Ph.D.
Selecting Sustainable Point-of-Use and Point-of-Entry Drinking Water Treatment: A Decision Support System
Irobi, Nelson O., MASc.
Heterotrophic Bacterial Succession in a Simulated Drinking Water Distribution Ecosystem.
Post-Chair Employment: Biologist/Evaluator, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Jin, Xiaohui, Ph.D.
Quantitative Structure-Property Relationships Modeling of Rate Constants of Selected Micropollutants in Drinking Water Treatment Using Ozonation and UV/H2O2
Post-Chair Employment: Lead Research, Walkerton Clean Water Centre, Walkerton, ON
Lang, Cindy L., MASc.
Oxidation Kinetics of Geosmin and MIB in Drinking Water by the PEROXONE Process.
Post-Chair Employment: Quality Control Engineer, Celestica
Li, Tong, MASc.
Quantifying Robustness of Water Treatment Systems.
Liu, Guo (Mickey), MASc.
An Investigation of UV Disinfection Performance under the Influence of Turbidity & Particulates for Drinking Water Applications
Post-Chair Employment: Project Manager, Infrastructure Planning, Planning & Transportation Services, Halton Region
Liu, Xibo, Ph.D.
Drinking Water Biofiltration: Assessing Key Factors and Improving Process Evaluation.
Post-Chair Employment: Senior Water Engineer, Approvals and Licensing, Safe Drinking Water Branch, Ministry of Environment, Toronto, ON
McAllister, Brett, MASc.
The Use of Risk Analysis Techniques to Determine the Probability of Producing Non-Compliant Drinking Water: Focusing on Dual Media Rapid Gravity Filtration
Post-Chair Employment: SNC-Lavalin, Toronto, Ontario
Moore, Kenneth, MASc.
Treatment of Arsenic Contaminated Groundwater using Oxidation and Membrane Filtration
Post-Chair Employment: Regional Technology Leader - Desalination, CH2M HILL, Melbourne, Australia
Munla, Leila, Ph.D.
A Study of Fouling on Ceramic Ultrafiltration Membranes by Model Solutions and Natural Waters
Post-Chair Employment: Water/Wastewater/Process Engineer at Richard Brady & Associates, USA
Mutti, Dennis, MASc.
Full-Scale Water Treatment Optimization: Enhanced Coagulation for Organics Removal and Improved Ozone Disinfection.
Post-Chair Employment: Eramosa Engineering Inc., Guelph, Ontario
Ollos, Peter J., Ph.D.
Effects of Drinking Water Biodegradability and Disinfectant Residual on Bacterial Regrowth.
Post-Chair Employment: Senior Project Engineer, Ontario Clean Water Agency, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Park, Chan-Hee, MASc.
Conceptual Modelling of the Transport of Cryptosporidium Oocysts in a Watershed.
Post-Chair Employment: Department of Environmental Informatics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany
Pereira, Gerard, MASc.
Modelling of Ozone Contactors for the use of Advanced Oxidation.
Pharand, Lizanne, MASc.
Carbon and Nitrogen Removal at a Full-Scale Municipal Drinking Water Treatment Plant employing Sand-ballasted Clarification, Ozone and Biofiltration
Post-Chair Employment: Process Designer, Associated Engineering, Toronto, ON
Pintar, Katarina D.M., MASc.
Factors Influencing Nitrification in a Model Chloraminated Distribution System.
Post-Chair Employment: Water Lead, C-EnterNet - Canadian Public Health Agency, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Rahman, Ishita, MSc.
Direct Biofiltration and Nutrient (Phosphorous) Enhancement for Polymeric Ultrafiltration Membrane Fouling Control
Ratajczak, Marek, MASc.
The Use of Coagulation as a Pre-treatment to Ultra-filtration Membranes
Post-Chair Employment: Water/Wastewater Engineer, WorleyParsons, British Columbia
Scott, Daniel, MASc.
Investigation of Nitrification Predictors and Factors in Two Full-scale Drinking Water Distribution Systems
Post-Chair Employment: ADI Systems Inc., Fredericton, New Brunswick
Shams, Shoeleh, MASc.
Assessing Innovative Technologies for Nitrate Removal from Drinking Water
Post-Chair Employment: Ph.D. candidate, University of Waterloo
Shen, Dinghua (David), MASc.
BOM Removal by Biofiltration – Developing a Quantitative Basis for Comparison
Post-Chair Employment: AECOM, Kitchener, ON
Urfer, Daniel, Ph.D.
Effects of Oxidants on Drinking Water Biofilters.
Post-Chair Employment: République et Canton du Jura, Office des Eaux et de Protection de la Nature, Switzerland
Xiong, Shurong, MASc.
Investigation of Low-Pressure Membranes at the Brantford Water Treatment Plant.
Yu, Zirui (Ray), Ph.D.
Analysis of Selected Pharmaceuticals and Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and their Removal by Granular Activated Carbon in Drinking Water Treatment
Post-Chair Employment: Project Engineer, AECOM, Kitchener, Ontario
Zhang, Jianping, Ph.D.
An Integrated Design Approach for Improving Drinking Water Ozone Disinfection Treatment Based on Computational Fluid Dynamics
Post-Chair Employment: Senior Engineer, Hatch Ltd., Mississauga, ON
Zhang, Xiurong, MASc.
Establishment of a Conceptual Framework for Quantifying Sources of Cryptosporidium in Watersheds.
Post-Chair Employment: Essex Region Conservation Authority
Zimmer, Janis, MASc.
Inactivation and Potential Repair of Selected Waterborne Pathogens Exposed to Ultraviolet Radiation.
Post-Chair Employment: Surface Water Pathogen Scientist, Ontario Ministry of the Environment



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