Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
I joined the University of Auckland in 1996 and currently hold the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I am involved in teaching, research and service at the university. My teaching interests cover a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate courses relating to natural and engineered environmental processes, modelling of surface water quality in lakes and rivers, and the industry based capstone project. I had chaired the committee that formulated the idea and content of the capstone project, and am currently co-chairing a review of the BE curriculum, which has led to the formulation of a new BE in Structural Engineering. I am also a member of postgraduate curriculum review committee and am working on developing a new named masters degree in environmental engineering.
My research activities are curiosity driven and I take delight in applying an understanding of the principles governing the response of natural and engineered environmental systems to develop innovative solutions. My research interests broadly fall into three areas - biological treatment processes, chemical treatment processes, and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater.
In additon to the contributions I make to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, I am a member of the Faculty Staffing and the Faculty Research Development Fund committees in Science. I have been a Review Editor for Frontiers in Environmental Science from 2015 and a Review Editor of Frontiers in Microbiotechnology, Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation from 2013. I am also a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board for Environmental Engineering Research from 2013. I have reviewed applications submitted to the MBIE Endeavour Fund since 2006, and research proposals submitted to funding bodies in the USA, Austria, Switzerland, Israel, Qatar, and UAE.