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William Wenming Zhang, PhD, PEng

Assistant Professor

Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

About Me

Education:

  • Ph.D., Water Resources Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2012
  • M.Sc. , Environmental Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China, 2007
  • B.Sc. (Hons), Environmental Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China, 2004

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, 2018-Present 
  • Water Resources Engineer, City of Edmonton Drainage Services (now EPCOR Drainage), 2016-2018 
  • Water Resources Engineer, ISL Engineering & Land Services Ltd, 2015-2016
  • Post-doc Fellow, University of British Columbia, 2014
  • Post-doc Fellow, University of Alberta, 2012-2015

Awards and Honours:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize, 2018
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Samuel Arnold Greeley Award, 2017
  • University of Alberta FS Chia Ph.D. Scholarship, 2007-2011
  • University of Alberta Henry Kroeger Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2010
  • University of Alberta Dr. Donald R Stanley Graduate Scholarship , 2010
  • University of Alberta Henry Kroeger Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2009
  • University of Alberta Dr. Donald R Stanley Graduate Scholarship, 2008
  • University of Alberta Henry Kroeger Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2008
  • And other 16 scholarships

Professional Affiliation:

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (CSCE)
  • P. Eng., The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)

Research

Research Interest:

My general research interests are in studying hydraulic and environmental principles and applying them in man-made and natural environments to satisfy human's development needs while minimizing impacts to the environments. My specific interests include:  

• Sustainable & Resilient Urban Drainage Systems

  • Urban Flood Mitigation 
  • Sewer Odour & Corrosion Mitigation
  • Smart/Intelligent Urban Drainage Systems
  • Integrated Urban Water Management
• Environmental & Ecological Hydraulics
  • Pollutant Transport in the Environment (Rivers, Lakes, etc.)
  • Air-water Multiphase Flow and Its Applications (e.g., Aeration)
  • Hydrodynamic Impacts to Fish Behaviors & Fishway Hydraulics

• Environmental Remediation

  • Remediation of Polluted or Degraded Water Bodies, e.g., Eutrophic Ponds & Lakes, Rivers with Low Dissolved Oxygen, and Tailing Ponds in Oil Sands Industry  

Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications/Book Chapters

  1. Guo, S, Qian, Y., Zhu, D. Z., Zhang, W., and Edwini-Bonsu, S. (2018). “Effects of drop structures and pump station on sewer air pressure and hydrogen sulfide: field investigation.” ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 144(3): 04018011. 
  2. Yin, Z.G., Wang, Y. X., Zhang, W. (corresponding author), and Zhu, D.Z. (2018). “Computational study of bubbly jets in stagnant water.” Journal of Hydrodynamics, in press.
  3. Baki, A. B. M., Zhang, W., Zhu, D. Z., and Rajaratnam, N. (2017) “Flow structures in the vicinity of a submerged boulder within a boulder array.” ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 143(5): 04016104.
  4. Qian, Y, Zhu, D. Z., Zhang, W., Rajaratnam, N., Edwini-Bonsu, S., Steffler, P. (2017). “Air movement induced by water flow with a hydraulic jump in changing slope pipes.” ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 143(4): 04016092. 
  5. Zhang, W., Zhu, D. Z., Rajaratnam, N., Edwini-Bonsu, S., Fiala, J., and Pelz, W (2016). “Use of air circulation pipes in deep dropshafts for reducing air induction into sanitary sewers.” ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 142(4), 04015092.
  6. Zhang, W., and Zhu, D. Z. (2015). “Far-field properties of aerated water jets in air.” International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 76, 158–167. 
  7. Zhang, W., Liu, M. N., Zhu, D. Z., and Rajaratnam, N. (2014). “Mean and turbulent bubble velocities in free hydraulic jumps for small to intermediate Froude numbers.” ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 140(11), 04014055.
  8. Zhang, W., and Zhu, D. Z. (2014). “Trajectories of air-water bubbly jets in crossflows.” ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering,140(7), 06014011.
  9. Zhang, W., and Zhu, D. Z. (2013). “Bubble characteristics of air-water bubbly jets in crossflow.” International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 55, 156-171. 
  10. Zhang, W., Rajaratnam, N, and Zhu, D.Z. (2012). “Chapter 7 Transport with Jets and Plumes of Chemicals in the Environment”, In: Gulliver J. (eds) Transport and Fate of Chemicals in the Environment. Springer, New York, USA, pp 141-174. 
  11. Zhang, W., and Zhu, D. Z. (2011). “Transverse mixing in an unregulated natural river.” ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 137(11), 1426-1440.
  12. Zhang, W., and Zhu, D. Z. (2011). “Near-field mixing downstream of a multiport diffuser in a shallow river.” ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 137(4), 230-240.
  13. Tian, Q., Wang, P. F., Ouyang, P., Wang, C., and Zhang, W. (2009). “Purification of eutrophic water with five submerged hydrophytes”. Water Resources Protection, 25(1), 14-17. 
  14. Wang, C., Zhang, W. (corresponding author), Wang, P. F., and Hou, J. (2007). “Removal of nitrogen and phosphorus in eutrophic water by Jussiaea stipulacea Ohwi.” Journal of Environmental Sciences, 28(5), 48-54. 
  15. Wang, C., Zhu, P., Wang, P. F., and Zhang, W. (2006). “Effects of aquatic vegetation on flow in the Nansi Lake and its flow velocity modeling.” Journal of Hydrodynamics, 18 (6): 640-648.