Dr. Loretta Li is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia, which she joined in 1995. She was an Assistant Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1994-1995. In the past, she has also served as a project engineer and as a junior structural engineer. Her education includes a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. in Environmental Soil Science at Queen’s University and a M.Eng. in Geo-environmental Engineering at McGill University. Her research is focused on geo-environmental engineering, contaminated site investigation and management, environmental monitoring, risk and impact assessment, soil-contaminant interactions, mobility and migration of contaminants, remediation technology, mine tailings waste disposal and treatment processes.
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Pollution control, Water-soil/sediment treatment, Environmental assessment and management, Contaminant fate and transport, Emerging contaminants, Sustainable remediation technology, Landfill and leachate management, Industrial wastewater treatment, Water pipe corrosion control, Sludge management, Waste-to-resources processes.
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.
Site remediation technologies and design considerations related to mechanisms of soil-contaminant interaction, geochemistry and contamination, regulatory requirements. Design and performance case histories.
Investigation Risk Assessment and Management of Chemicals in Geo-environmental Engineering
Sampling, investigations, fate and transport of chemicals in soil, water, sediment, biota and air; exposure pathways assessment and toxicological principles for receptors; risk-based approach to site remediation, treatment and control technologies.
Physical-chemical properties of clays, chemical effects on soils, site investigation for chemical sensitivity, contaminant fate and transport, environmental regulations, in-situ and laboratory tests; design of dewatering, containment, remediation systems including slurry/reactive walls, liners, covers.