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Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING � animal cell biotechnology; development of bioreactor protocols for
production of human viral vaccines and vectors; subunit vaccines; DNA vaccines central
nervous system (CNS) stem cells; transformed insect cells to produce recombinant proteins;
perfusion cultures; microcarrier cultures; process control bioreactors; bioseparations; hepatic
oval stem cells; flow cytometry applications.
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING � microvascular blood flow; thermoregulation; heart valves;
lucodepletion; tissue engineering; stem cells; artificial organs; artificial skeletal structures.
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING � novel technologies for reducing atmospheric emissions of acid and
greenhouse gases; wastes recycling; soil remediation; water treatment; treatment of industrial
wastewater; removal of oil from water emulsions; modelling of pollutant dispersion in
atmosphere; remediation of petroleum waste by low-temperature oxidation; biodegradation of
hydrocarbon waste.
CATALYSIS � fuel cells; heavy oil upgrading; fuel reforming; fine chemical production; catalyst
characterization; kinetics; catalyst development.
GAS HYDRATES � experimental studies to determine the kinetics of formation and decomposition
of gas hydrates in distilled and mineralized water; development of mathematical models for the
formation and decomposition processes; gas hydrate decomposition and deposition in
condensate pipelines; stability of gas hydrates; thermodynamics and phase behaviour of gas
hydrates; gas production from hydrate reserves.
KINETICS AND FLUIDIZED BEDS � circulating fluidized bed (CFB) modelling; Claus furnace
reaction kinetics; catalytic cracking of hydrogen sulfide; pyrolysis/upgrading of Alberta heavy
oils; microreactor kinetic studies for heavy oil pyrolysis kinetics; heavy oil coking kinetic studies;
kinetics for waste plastics ultrapyrolysis; gas-solid reaction and reactor modelling: coking,
pyrolysis, combustion, sulfur capture, ore reduction; fluidized bed applications; transient,
convection, conduction, radiation, pressure and structural changes; gas phase hydrodynamics;
three-phase (gas-liquid-solid) fluidization; experiments and numerical simulation.
MULTIPHASE PIPELINE FLOW � development of mechanistic models and experiments for
multiphase flow of gas, oil and water in pipelines.
NON-INVASIVE, NON-DESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION TOOLS � x-ray computer assisted tomography;
single photon emission computed tomography; nuclear magnetic resonance; x-ray radiography
and fluoroscopy; hydrodynamics and modelling of chemical reactors and unit operations;
polymer reactor hydrodynamics; corrosion visualization and imaging; flow visualization and
imaging.
OIL SANDS & HEAVY OILS �� properties of gas-saturated bitumen and brine/bitumen systems;
effect of dissolved gases on the viscosity of oil sands and heavy oils; basic properties of
bituminous materials; interaction of steam with reservoir fluids; interaction of solvents with
bitumen; reactor engineering for application in heavy oil upgraders; fluid coking; treatment of
water-in-oil emulsions; combustion of hydrocarbons, including bitumen emulsions oil sand
extraction sensor development.
PETROLEUM ENGINEERING: ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY (EOR) � high-pressure air injection; flue-gas injection; miscible
displacement; polymer and surfactant flooding; recovery processes for fractured reservoirs; field
implementation of IOR technologies; chemical treatments; polymer gels; polymer enhanced
foams; foamed gels; alkali-surfactant-polymer combinations.
HEAVY OIL RECOVERY PROCESSES � in situ combustion recovery processes for recovery of heavy
oils; steam-assisted gravity drainage; relative permeability of heavy oil reservoirs; solution
gas-drive in heavy oil reservoirs; gas-phase combustion in porous media; VAPEX process;
solution gas drive in heavy oil reservoirs; foamy oil flow; experiments in and simulation of cold
and post-cold production of heavy oil; physical simulation of thermal IOR processes; safe mixing
of explosive mixtures in porous media at HT/HP.
NUMERICAL SIMULATION � coupled flow and geomechanical models; numerical simulation of
enhanced oil recovery processes; uncertainty evaluation in reservoir performance prediction;
numerical simulation using boundary element and streamlines.
WELL TECHNOLOGY � safety aspects of underbalanced drilling; thermal well stimulation
technologies and tools; horizontal wells; hydraulic fracturing.
RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION � core analysis; petrophysics; porous media characterization using
in situ devices; viscous fingering in miscible and immiscible displacement; reservoir modeling
constrained to geological, geophysical and petroleum production information; characterization of
naturally fractured and faulted reservoir; multivariate-multiple point geostatistics; data sufficiency
in reservoir modelling.
RESERVOIR ENGINEERING � analytical modeling in oil and gas well testing; multiphase flow in
porous media; scale formation in oil and gas fields; immiscible displacements; improved
conformance strategies; experiments in and simulation of water imbibition and gravity drainage in
naturally fractured reservoirs; coal bed methane recovery; underground gas storage for energy.
POLYMER PROCESSING AND RHEOLOGY � process development and modelling; �recycling of
plastics; rapid prototyping, powder processing, polymer fibers suspensions (microstructure
rheology, modelling, experiments, and numerical simulations); processing of composite materials.
PROCESS DESIGN, SIMULATION AND CONTROL � dynamic modelling and steady state simulation of
various chemical and petroleum engineering processes; use of computers in the design and
control of chemical processes and plants; simulation of separation processes; plant data
reconcilliation, use of neural nets in non-linear controllers, model based control strategy; plant
wide control; abnormal situation management; integration of process design and control;
control-relevant system identification.
THERMODYNAMICS � measurement and prediction of thermodynamic properties; determination
and computation of PVT, critical and phase behaviour of systems containing natural gas, light
hydrocarbon mixtures, oil sands and other substances; water content of acid gas mixtures;
polymer/solvent behaviour; properties and behaviour of natural gas hydrates; thermodynamics of
aqueous electrolyte solutions; crystallization and phase behaviour of paraffinic mixtures,
interfacial properties of crude oil-water systems; oil shale pyrolysis and combustion
thermodynamics.
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA � phase changes; pulsed jets; hydrodynamic instability; interfacial
phenomena; flow of non-Newtonian fluids and suspensions; macrotransport analysis; drag
reduction; non-Newtonian and multiphase fluid mechanics; particle-liquid mass transfer; mass
transfer measurements; gas diffusion and mass transfer in bitumens and heavy oils; instability in
porous media flows; microfluids.

Civil Engineering

GEOTECHNICAL: Oil sand laboratory testing, characterization, constitutive and numerical modelling, and Sand production; Characterization of fine tailings materials. Geo-environmental Engineering: liner systems, bio-remediation and transport mechanisms in porous media. GPS based site characterization. Soil-Pipeline interaction modelling. Granular materials: micro-mechanics, strain localization, stress dilatancy, cyclic loading, liquefaction, and triaxial stress path soil testing. Computational Geomechanics: Thermal-Ionic Fluid-Solid Deformation coupling, Large deformations, Strain localization, Plasticity, Moving Boundary problems.
Freezing of porous media: Stefan problems and their numerical treatment via variational methods. Rock Mechanics. Fracture Mechanics.
Biomechanics.

MATERIALS SCIENCE: Durability of Concrete; Fibre Reinforced & High Strength Concrete; Use of Waste Materials in Concrete Production
Time Dependent Deformation of Engineering Materials; Snow Properties and Avalanche Initiation; Properties of Bituminous Materials.

SNOW AVALANCHE: Snow avalanche mechanics and dynamics; Hazard mitigation; Snow pack properties; Forecasting and risk assessment; Computer modelling.

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: Analysis of plates; Computer Analysis of structures; Hollow & post - tensioned masonry; Design, Serviceability & Analysis of reinforced & prestressed concrete structures;
Load-bearing structures in the human body; Shear strength of flat plates;
Risk analysis; Ice structure interaction.

TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING:
Planning and Designing of Highways and Roads; Mountain Highway Engineering;
Road Surfacing;
Road Safety;
Railway Planning;
Airport Terminal Planning & Air Transport Systems;
Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Planning;
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS);
Microscopic Traffic Simulations;
Highway Geometric Design Research;
Transportation Engineering Research;

WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING:
Water and Wastewater treatment plant design;
Water Distribution, Wastewater and Stormwater Sewer Systems;
Irrigation Engineering;
River Engineering, Hydraulics, Hydrodynamics, Sediment Transport, Contaminant Transport, River Morphology, Ice-covered rivers
Hydraulic Structures (reservoirs, floodways, dams, dykes, spillways & sluice gates, channels, water intakes,...);
Groundwater and Seepage, well design, seepage control, underground contaminant transport;
Surface Runoff Analysis;
Hydrology, winter hydrology, climate change;
Extreme events: floods, torrents, mudflows, debris flow;
Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH:
climate change and its relationship with air emissions,
fate and transport of primary and secondary pollutants in the atmosphere,
development of temporal and spatial models for predicting air quality and emissions,
yemporal and spatial variations in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,
real-time and/or time-resolved models for emissions from power plants, oil refineries, flare stacks, sulfur plants, etc,
development of new analytical techniques and smart sensors for atmospheric pollutants,
human exposure to air pollutants and establishing cause-effect relationships,
development of innovative and cost-effective technologies for air pollution control
hydrocarbon contaminated soil / sludge treatment
pyrolysis of contaminated soil
composting of municipal solid waste and hydrocarbon contaminated soil
biological removal of nutrients
cover design for cold climates
methane oxidation in soils
transport phenomenon of pollutants
numerical modeling of geomaterials as filters
fluid flow in soils
probabilistic and deterministic formulation of solutions for environmental problems, and
greenhouse gas emission assessment and control.

BITUMINOUS MATERIALS:
Characterization of crude oils for their potential to produce asphalts
Development of lines of new asphalt products for paving, roofing and other purposes;
Development of new asphalt production technologies;
Utilization of post-consumer wastes in producing improved asphalt materials (Asphalt Modification);
Characterization of bituminous materials by applying rheological and dielectric methods;
Participation on specifications development;
Design and advanced testing of paving mixes.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Risk identification and assessment, uncertainty, planning for and managing expectations, project selection, improving early decision-making, alliances, dispute management and avoidance, risk allocation and premiums in contracts, sustainability of contract arrangements, impact of legal precedents, international contract, constructability, value engineering, cost effectiveness, neural networks, artificial intelligence, resource optimization, Resistance to technological change, distributed teams, perceptions of stakeholders, team effectiveness, cultural issues, international project management.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

APPLIED ELECTROMAGNETICS: Research in the Applied Electromagnetics group focuses on RF microwave and optics, with some projects venturing into very low frequencies such as those of power-lines. Current research projects in the Applied EM group include: design, simulation and measurement of new antennas for applications such as handsets, base stations and other wireless applications; self-configuring and reconfigurable antennas for future wireless systems as well as space and military applications; near-field antennas for cancer detection; development of structures for optical data storage that provide comparable storage densities to DVDs with faster access to data; radio frequency Micro-Electromechanical Systems (RF-MEMS) such as tuneable inductors, phase shifters, miniature filters etc.; design, simulation and testing of novel materials with unique electrical characteristics; biomedical applications such as dosimetry at low frequencies (e.g. powerline dosimetry) and radio frequency (cell-phone), and tools for compliance or safety assessment; medical diagnostic technologies (tissue sensing adaptive radar for breast cancer detection; characterization of tissues); investigation of ground penetrating radar for landmine detection; development of electromagnetics simulation techniques including development of dedicated computational hardware accelerator; reconfigurable computational hardware; global positioning antennas; antenna and EM measurement techniques.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolutionary computing, data mining, intelligent transportation systems, smart home.

BIOELECTRICS: The electrical properties of biological matter and materials. Dielectrophoretic characterization and separation of biological cells. Micromachining applications in Biomedical Engineering. Dielectric properties of heterogeneous systems.

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING: Biomedical instrumentation. MEMS based mechatronics devices and systems. Biomedical signal and image analysis. Noninvasive diagnosis. Medical image and image analysis. Neural networks. Signal processing and pattern classification techniques for mammographic image analysis and computer-aided diagnosis of breast cancer. Filtering, restoration, and reconstruction techniques for nuclear medicine imaging. Artificial control of gastrointestinal motility, automatic infusion of insulin (artificial pancreas), computer analysis of the level of randomness in electrophysiological signals. Magnetic resonance imaging and image processing. Image quality measures. Development of automated computer observers ROC (receiver operating characteristics) evaluation of signal and image processing techniques in clinical diagnosis.

COMMUNICATIONS: Multiple-access, multi-user detection, adaptive signal processing, radio location, detection and estimation techniques for cellular radio. Estimation of multipath fading for indoor wireless and mobile radio. Blind equalization. Combined modulation and coding. Satellite communications. Cellular radio amplifier and antenna studies. Fibre optic sensors and senor networks, and super throughput local area protocols. Telecommunications networks and queueing networks. Interference Suppression, interactive multimedia. Smart antenna. Multiple input multiple output (MIMO) antenna measurements. Wireless link quality estimation.COMPUTER ENGINEERING: Artificial intelligence; cognitive science; artificial neural networks; computer vision; computer graphics; expert systems; computer architectures; parallel and distributed processing; compilers; special-purpose VLSI architectures; software engineering; computer performance evaluation; computer networks; computer-aided design of integrated circuits; goal-oriented languages; emulations; interfacing logic machines; Computer simulation for training of the handicapped; Agent-based software systems; Frameworks for monitoring grid computing systems.

CONTROL SYSTEMS: Optimal and adaptive control; Nonlinear control theory, variable structure control; Identification of lumped and distributed parameter systems; Real-time ditial control; Real-time digital, adaptive and AI control applications to power systems; Microprocessor-based control; Expert systems; Digital control and sampled-data systems; Synthesis of linear multivariable systems; Robust design and H-infinity optimization; Control applications; Neural-network control; Post-modern control; Robotic control;Blind system identification; Intelligent control; Identification of non-linear and time-varying systems.

ELECTRONICS: Basic semiconductor device research; high temperature and noise limitations of metal oxide semiconductor devices. Analog circuit and device research; microelectronic RC-active and switched capacitor filter design and implementation; low voltage, low power current mode analog circuit development for pressure and temperature measurement instrumentation systems; optical pressure and force sensing; analog circuits for telecom applications; microwave moisture measurement; microstrip line discontinuity analysis. Isolated biomedical amplifiers, digitally-controlled active filters. Application of analog and digital circuits to instrumentation problems. New merged circuit structures; design, fabrication and modelling. GaAs digital IC design. Wafer scale integration of MOS and GaAs VLSI circuits. Packaging effects, EMC/EMI problems. Development of Software Package for Electromagnetic Simulations.

IMAGE PROCESSING: Medical image processing; enhancement of magnetic resonance images (medical and petroleum applications), directional image analysis, lossless image coding and data compression. Enhancement of digital images by multidimensional signal processing, two-dimensional television image enhancement. Analysis of contours and shapes; Image fusion, hyperspectral image processing, radar imaging; Fusion of multi-modal medical images, and 3D visualisation (virtual reality); Fusions of multi-modal medical images.

MICROWAVE ENGINEERING AND RADIO SYSEMS: The research themes in this area are related to RF/microwave electronics and radio communications systems: Microwave and millimeter-wave solid-state devices and integrated circuits; High efficiency power amplifiers and transmitters (Doherty, LINC and EE&R); Linearization and equalization techniques (digital and analog pre-distortion techniques, feedforward, dynamic biasing, feedback); Interference detection and cancellation; SDR based reconfigurable wireless transceivers; DSP and embedded electronics; Tx/Rx modules for multi-Antenna systems; Base band digital processing algorithms; Nonlinear device-level modeling; Nonlinear system-level behavioral modeling; Automated RF and microwave measurements and instrumentation (network analysis, noise measurements, dielectric measurements, load-pull etc.)

POWER AND ENERGY SYSTEMS: Analysis of the transient performance of large power systems; Determination of power system parameters; Load flow studies, stability studies, load frequency control; Application of digital, adaptive and Artificial Intelligence techniques to real-time control and protection of power systems; Induction motor and synchronous machine studies; Electrical machines control using highh power semi-conductor switching circuits; Control and design of power electronic circuits for alternative energy systems; Power conditioning; Large Scale Integration of Wind Power in Electrical Power Grids; Power system operation, planning, management, and economics; Electric energy management and optimization.

SIGNAL PROCESSING: Random data analysis and the modelling and measurement of random physical phenomena. Estimation and detection theory. Spectral analysis and system identification problems; frequency estimation; Sampling and quantization theory. Characterization of large electrical machines using spectral analysis; Fourier analysis and applications. Hartley analysis and applications. Multidimensional systems theory. Digital signal processing (DSP). Adaptive signal processing; one-dimensional and multi-dimensional digital filter synthesis, implementation and applications. CAD tools for digital signal processing. High level synthesis of DSP systems. Biomedical signal analysis. Microprocessor systems; development of real time general purpose programmable and micro-programmable boards for digital signal analysis. Non-linear signal processing, data fusion, array processing, intelligent signal processing, detection and estimation, multi-sensor target tracking.

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING: Agent-based software engineering; Analysis, testing, and quality assurance of distributed, real-time and embedded systems; Cognitive informatics; Embedded systems, and biomedical engineering, software metrics; Human-computer interaction; Performance evaluation of distributed systems; Simulation-based software project management and process improvement; Software Engineering Decision Support

VLSI CIRCUIT DESIGN: New VLSI circuit design techniques; VLSI system design and verification methodologies. Application - specific IC design and CAD tools. FPGA systems. Advanced VLSI CMOS analog and digital cell libraries, BICMOS circuit structures, monolithic instrumentation systems, high temperature circuits. Low-voltage analog circuits. Two and three dimensional topological logic partitioning schemes; intelligent silicon and hardware compilation systems; technology-independent VLSI circuit design. Design automation of VLSI Circuits and VLSI CAD for ASICs.

Geomatics Engineering

GRAVITY FIELD AND GEODYNAMICS: Theoretical foundations of geodesy; Geodetic inverse problem;
Spatial and spectral methods in gravity field estimation; Geodetic reference systems; Height datum, GPS-heights and geoid modelling; Multi -resolution gravity field representations; Satellite altimetry and marine geodesy; Modelling of moving base gravity systems; Vector gravimetry from INS/GPS; Dedicated gravity field satellite missions; Interface between geodesy, geophysics and oceanography.


POSITIONING, LOCATION AND NAVIGATION:
Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and groundbased systems, with emphasis on GPS and GALILEO; Study and analysis of RF interference and ionospheric and tropospheric propagation effects; Performance evaluation of GNSS receivers; Navigation system modelling and estimation analysis including Kalman filtering and smoothing; Real-time kinematic positioning systems; Inertial sensor analysis and fusion of GNSS and INS sensors using high to low performance sensors; Related vehicular and intelligent transportation, marine, airborne and space weather applications; Wireless location applied to outdoor and indoor personal navigation and guidance. Attitude determination by INS and GPS.

ENGINEERING METROLOGY:
Precise engineering and deformation surveys: network methods, non-network
methods; special methods and equipment for positioning, alignment, or formation monitoring of machinery. Mathematical modelling, statistical analysis, and optimization of accuracy and logistics.

DIGIAL IMAGING SYSTEMS:
Remote sensing and digital image processing and interpretation: classification and change detection techniques; algorithm development for imaging spectrometer and imaging radar data analysis; integration of multisource of geospatial data, remote sensing data and digital map data.

GIS AND LAND TENURE:
Techniques for the collection, storage, management and analysis of positional and attribute data describing a portion of the Earth's surface. Development and use of advanced geospatial database management techniques for supporting resource evaluation, environmental modelling, surveying, mapping, and automatic vehicle navigation activities, with special reference to extremely large geospatial information systems. Data and information warehousing, advanced 3D data structures, Internet GIS and environmental model integrations. Development and operation of temporal and multi-layered GISs. Land tenure studies: land tenure reform; analysis and modelling of cross-cultural tenure systems; use of traditional ecological knowledge for aboriginal land claims; survey law; cadastral surveying issues; international boundaries; women's rights in land; implications of legal pluralism for land tenure and land administration; public participation and its role in resolving land conflicts. Modelling the semantics and system behaviour of land informations systems: systems analysis and design; data base models; digital data collection and mapping; policy issues in the development and implementation of land information systems.

Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

THERMO-FLUIDS, ENERGY SYSTEMS AND ENVIRONMENT: Investigations include combustion systems, air pollution, combustion in porous media, combustion and reacting flows, aerodynamics, internal-combustion engines, multiphase flows, computational fluid dynamics, advanced flow metering, alternative energy, and air pollution characterization and control.
MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING: Activities include manufacturing system modeling, intelligent manufacturing systems, production planning and control, supply chain management, machinery and process diagnosis, process control systems analysis & design, reconfigurable and environment adaptable manufacturing systems, micro machining, and discrete-event systems.
APPLIED MECHANICS: Activities include continuum mechanics, granular mechanics, finite element modeling, constitutive modeling of biological tissue, continuous distributions of defects in solids, shell structures, membrane wrinkling, and vibrations, dynamics modeling, and experimental nodal analysis.
AUTOMATION, CONTROL AND ROBOTICS: Activities include distributed control architectures for manufacturing systems, multiple manipulator systems with flexible components, sensor-based control of manipulators, intelligent planning and control of robotic systems, ground, aerial and underwater unmanned vehicle systems, robust control, micro/nano robotics, modeling and design using parallel mechanisms.
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING: Activities include musculo-skelatal biomechanics, joint contact mechanics and modeling, orthopaedic mechanics, modeling of bone load response, clinical gait analysis and movement simulation, mathematical modeling of skeletal muscles, mechanical and biological effects of ligament injury, advanced medical imaging, and the design and development of medical devices.
DESIGN AND MATERIALS: Research in this area focuses on design theories, design methodologies, life cycle design engineering, modular design, design for manufacturing, intelligent design and development of design information systems capable of supporting concurrent design methods, in particular design for manufacturing.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Alberta Ingenuity Centre for In Situ Energy

The AICISE brings together the world's leading innovating scientists, industry and other partners to develop more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable processes and practices for in situ recovery and upgrading of Alberta's oil sands resources, with extremely low environmental impacts. The proposed research is both transformative and necessary. AICISE’s vision for integrated in situ recovery and catalytic upgrading responds to the need for strategic game changing research that will lift the oil sands and heavy oil industry to a higher level of economic and environmental performance. The Centre holds the potential for transforming the recovery and conversion of bitumen and heavy oils to value added fuels into an industry with significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and water utilization.
The research team is integrated and multidisciplinary (Petroleum engineering, upgrading
chemical engineering, geology and geological engineering, bitumen characterization, and numerical modeling), and leverages important international academic collaborations and partnerships with global oil companies.
HQP development by AICISE emphasize multidisciplinary training, providing students with knowledge and skills from disciplines such as chemical and petroleum engineering, geology,
chemistry, physics and computer modeling. The applied research conducted is the ideal vehicle for HQP training. Students work with cutting‐edge technologies, develop practical solutions and gain valuable experience by interfacing with industry.
Industry is also involved in the training of students through student presentations of research progress to industry partners, feedback from the companies to students, and mutual discussion of issues arising from the research. Interactions of students with industry and government partners leads to job opportunities for graduating students and provides the industry and government partners of AICISE with a pre‐screened supply of highly qualified employees.
Our international partners provide students with exposure to experts and opportunities abroad. The educational experience is significantly enhanced by enabling the students to work with some of the best researchers in the world through shared supervision, travel and work experience, and workshops and meetings.

Centre for Bioengineering Research & Education

The CBRE is a unique multidisciplinary collaboration between the faculties of Engineering, Medicine, and Kinesiology.
The initial themes are: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering; Biomechanics; Medical Imaging; Medical Instrumentation and Sensors; and The Physiome.

Centre for Environmental Engineering Research and Education (CEERE)

The Centre for Environmental Engineering Research and Education (CEERE) in the Schulich School of Engineering offers a unique opportunity for truly multi-disciplinary research programs in environmental engineering and energy & environment. CEERE's mandate is to bring together learners, educators, researchers and industry participants to benefit from a team-based approach for tackling current and future environmental challenges in Alberta, in Canada, and world-wide.
A unique feature of CEERE's collaborative approach to environmental research is that about 25 faculty members in all five engineering departments, having a wide range of engineering and scientific backgrounds, supervise more than 100 graduate students. CEERE will continue to provide the University of Calgary with leadership in training highly-qualified personnel through innovative research in environmental engineering and energy & environment.
Several well-established multi-disciplinary groups in the University of Calgary are pursuing research projects on a wide range of environmental topics. The following is a list of some of the project topics that are being pursued in the Schulich School of Engineering.
o climate change and its relationship with air emissions
o fate and transport of primary and secondary pollutants in the atmosphere
o development of temporal and spatial models for predicting air quality and emissions, and spatial variations in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
o real-time and/or time-resolved models for emissions from power plants, oil refineries, flare stacks, sulfur plants, etc.
o development of new analytical techniques and smart sensors for atmospheric pollutants
o human exposure to air pollutants and establishing cause-effect relationships
o development of innovative and cost-effective technologies for air pollution control
o hydrocarbon contaminated soil / sludge treatment; pyrolysis of contaminated soil
o composting of municipal solid waste and hydrocarbon contaminated soil
o biological removal of nutrients
o methane oxidation in soils
o numerical modeling and fuzzy logic;

Pipeline Engineering Center (PEC)

This center's goal is to provide support and direction to industry in pipeline engineering. The center addresses two specific aspects in this endeavor, first education and second research.

In the educational aspect a number of approaches are taken, being the development of graduate classes in the pipeline engineering area, the establishment and running of short courses, the development and delivery of training courses, the hosting of seminars and workshops and the publication of monographs. All of these work towards the transfer of knowledge, such that industry is kept up to date in the latest information pertaining to the pipeline area. Specializations for graduate degrees in engineering can be obtained in "pipeline engineering" throughout the various Engineering Departments and the development of a Engineering Faculty masters degree in pipeline engineering is being developed. Certificates and continuing education units, CEU's, are established for the various training and short courses. Further the center acts to promote and develop an awareness of pipeline engineering.

In the research aspect the center strives to lead the way in the generation of new knowledge in the pipeline engineering area. It accomplishes this through the pursuit of leading edge knowledge and the development of information for application in the pipeline area. It will work towards establishing engineering knowledge in new areas such as multi-phase flow, improvements in safety and environmental control, and hydrogen transmission among others. In the pursuit of knowledge the training of graduate students is an integral part or this program.