Dr. Mavinic is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. He received his B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Windsor (1969, 1970 and 1973) prior to assuming his faculty position at UBC in 1973. Dr. Mavinic's research interests cover many different aspects of environmental engineering. Topics include: landfill leachate management, biological waste treatment processes, wastewater residuals treatment, nitrification and denitrification processes, phosphorus removal and recovery, diffused aeration studies, drinking water pipe corrosion studies and disinfection by-products in drinking water. Dr. Mavinic received international acclaim for leading the development of a cost-effective system to recover phosphates from municipal wastewater systems, which has subsequently been patented and adopted by cities across North America. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his achievements, including the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award (2010), the NSERC Synergy Award (2010), and the Meritorious Achievement Award from APEGBC (2011).
Landfill leachate management, biological waste treatment processes, wastewater residuals treatment, nitrification and denitrification processes, phosphorus removal and recovery, diffused aeration studies, drinking water pipe corrosion studies and disinfection by-products in drinking water.
Environmental Impact Studies
A course to familiarize the student with environmental impact assessment legislation and to discuss design and construction considerations useful in minimizing and mitigating such impacts.
Engineering Design and Analysis II
Integration and application of previously acquired knowledge and skills to find design solutions. Extends the conceptual design of CIVL 445 into detailed design projects.
Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology
Processes for removing and mitigating impurities that are not effectively removed in conventional water and waste treatment practice; investigation of disposal practices that make use of the impurities as a resource.
Unit Operations and Unit Processes in Sanitary Engineering
Laboratory classroom and field assessments of sanitary engineering operations and processes.
Biological Wastewater Treatment
Development of the principles of secondary, biological treatment processes, with application to both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment. Discussion of different treatment methodology, incorporating both aerobic and anaerobic microbiological processes.
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