B.Eng. (Jilin), M.Sc. (Peking), PhD (Regina), P.Eng.
I obtained my B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees in environmental science and technology from Jilin University and Peking University in China, respectively. From 2002 to 2003, I visited Environment Canada (EC) at Downsview (Toronto) and conducted research on water pollution control in the Great Lakes basin.
After completing my PhD program in environmental systems engineering at the University of Regina in 2005, I went to the University of British Columbia and continued my research as a NSERC postdoctoral fellow. In July 2006, I joined the civil engineering discipline in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in March, 2011.
I enjoy innovative and cooperative research, love to share knowledge and experience with my students, and am keen on serving industries and communities.
My research interests lie in the areas of watershed modeling and management, POPs and NPS studies, water and wastewater treatment, oil spills and offshore pollution control, waste management, site remediation, climate change and northern studies, and decision making under uncertainty.
I have acted as PI or Co-PI in over 20 research projects funded by industries, governments and communities and produced more than 130 technical publications including over 80 refereed research articles. I am the founder and leader of the Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollution Control (NRPOP) Laboratory which is dedicated to R & D of innovative methodologies and technologies for pollution prevention, control, and restoration particularly in cold weather and harsh environments.
My teaching activities focus on environmental systems engineering and management. I am the chair of the M.A.Sc. in Environmental Systems Engineering and Management (MASc ESEM) program, which provides a unique multidisciplinary setting for training and fostering professional engineers and managers who can take a leading role in understanding and management of air, water and land resource deterioration in a sustainable manner.
I serve as a senior expert of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Project Expert Workstation (China), chair of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) - NL Section, and commission co-chair of International Society of Environmental Informatics Science (ISEIS).
I am on the Editorial Board or Associate Editor of three peer-refereed journals and invited reviewer for over 20 other journals and some major funding organizations as well as have participated in international and national conferences and workshops as keynote speaker, program/session chair, and technical/organizing committee member.
I am also a member or serve on subcommittees of several other professional associations such as American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Water Environment Federation (WEF), and International Water Association (IWA) as well as a registered Professional Engineer in Newfoundland and Labrador.