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"When considering graduate school, it was RESTORE’s unique blend of cutting edgeresearch projects and community atmosphere which appealed to me. Throughconstant interaction with members of RESTORE, graduate students are provided withthe support needed to explore many environmental and geoenvironmental issues."

  
Project Title:
Dense Nonaqueous Phase Liquid(DNAPL) Dissolution in Systems with Non-Water Wet Porous Media.

Project Description:
Subsurface wettability is an important propertythat impacts our ability to accurately characterize dense nonaqueous phaseliquid (DNAPL) source zones. Its variability creates uncertainty in predictionsof the fate of DNAPLs in the subsurface. This study is part of a largerinvestigation into the impacts of spatial wettability variations on DNAPLmigration, entrapment, and dissolution. The purpose of this part of the studyis to explore DNAPL dissolution and assess the predictive capability of awettability modified version of the numerical simulator MISER (Michigan SoilVapor Extraction Remediation Model). The influence of source zone architectureon measured and simulated downstream PCE concentrations and associated massflux for this mixed-wettability system is explored to determine the impacts ofspatial wettability variations on DNAPL dissolution.

Personal Background:
I graduated from The University of WesternOntario in 2008 with a Bachelor of Engineering Science (B.E.Sc.) in civil andenvironmental engineering. The majority of my undergraduate courses wererelated to the field of environmental engineering. The challenges andopportunities associated with environmental engineering influenced my decisionto attend The University of Western Ontario as a graduate student. I joined theRESTORE team in September 2008 as a Master’s (M.E.Sc.) student.

Travel and Awards:

  • September 2008: Ontario Graduate Scholarship(OGS) recipient
     
  • April 2008: Bachelor of Engineering Science(B.E.Sc.) with Distinction, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
  • March 2008: Shaw Foundation Scholarship, TheUniversity of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
  • May 2007: Undergraduate Student Research Award(USRA), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)