Jennifer Andersen’s background is in environmental science research, having received a M.Sc. in the Environmental and Life Sciences graduate program from Trent University. She has experience in all aspects of the research and development process, and her portfolio includes several publications in refereed journals as well as presentations at national conferences. As the Manager of the CAWT, Jenn is responsible for overseeing all projects, their execution, scheduling, budgets, and communication of results. Jenn works with CAWT partners and clients to secure funding (if applicable) and ensure that their project’s needs are met.
BARBARA SIEMBIDA-LÖSCH, PH.D, P.ENG.
Research Scientist / Engineer
Dr. Barbara Siembida-Lösch brings 15 years of broad (inter)national experience from both the private and academic sector, having worked in the field of water/wastewater engineering. Barbara holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Environmental Engineering; she completed her Ph.D. at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany in wastewater treatment. In her Postdoc role with the University of Waterloo, Barbara undertook detailed optimization of full-scale drinking water treatment facilities. Her scientific expertise translates to helping clients looking to innovate, overcome barriers, and develop a deeper understanding of how their technology works.
JAMES HIGGINS, PH.D., P.ENG.
Dr. James Higgins is a professional engineer with background and expertise in areas such as conventional and natural wastewater treatment, constructed wetlands, engineered bioreactors, site remediation, phytoremediation, risk assessment and the clean up of soils and waters contaminated with metals, metalloids and hydrocarbons. He is the developer of the Eco-Engineered Bioreactor (EEB) ecotechnology and initiates, organizes, and participates in EEB pilot-and demonstration-scale test projects and R&D at test facilities such as those at the CAWT.
AL MATTES, PH.D.
Dr. Al Mattes is an ETDC associate and a Principal of Nature Works Remediation, Corp. (Nature Works), and a part-time Research Scientist at the CAWT. He completed a Ph.D. degree in Geomicrobiology at the University of Guelph, with special emphasis on the chemistry and biochemistry of arsenic. Al’s research activities have been focused on the management of metals in contaminated soils and water; with significant research on remediation technologies, especially in relation to mine wastes, tailings, and wastewater.
HONG ZHANG, PH.D.
Dr. Hong Zhang has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering (Drinking Water) from the University of Toronto, as well as degrees in Environmental Engineering (Wastewater) and Environmental Science from Nankai University in China. Before joining the CAWT, Hong was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Toronto. Her expertise includes corrosion control, disinfection byproducts, advanced analytical instrumentation, and experimental design. Hong is responsible for developing and validating laboratory methods and operating procedures and maintaining all quality accreditations.
SHAN SHAN LI
Shan Shan Li works with our industry partners to choose suitable analytical methods necessary for reaching the project’s goals. Shan Shan has been a key player in obtaining and maintaining the ISO/IEC 17025 certification in multiple commercial labs over the past decade. She also has extensive experience in method development and method validation in both the Mineral and Environmental sectors. Shan Shan holds a B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University and an M.Sc. in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University.
Marcus Sheppard has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University and a diploma from the Environmental Technology Program at Fleming College. Marcus has extensive analytical lab skills and field experience gained through leading bench- and full-scale pilot studies for the purposes of R&D in the water and wastewater technology sector. He has spearheaded the NSF 350 (greywater re-use) verification program offered by the CAWT and is currently focused on the testing and verification of advanced treatment systems (residential wastewater).
Cayla Austin holds an M.Sc in Environmental and Life Sciences from Trent University, and has years of experience in ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited laboratories. She is experienced in a diverse array of field and laboratory techniques ranging from fermentation microbiology to environmental monitoring but specializing in water and wastewater monitoring and treatment.
Joy Zhu is the CAWT’s instrumentation specialist. She has a M.Sc. in Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition from University of Guelph and a BSc.(Agr) in Soil Chemistry from China Agricultural University. Before joining the CAWT in 2011, Joy had over 10 years work experience in both research and commercial agricultural/environmental labs. She has extensive knowledge and skills in lab analysis, method development, instrumentation maintenance and troubleshooting.
NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges
REZA MOSLEMI, PH.D., P.ENG.
NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges, Predictive Water Analytics
Dr. Reza Moslemi has over 15 years of academic and industrial experience in the field of civil and environmental engineering, having served in various roles including university professor, research associate, and engineering consultant. He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from McMaster University. As the NSERC Industrial Research Chair, he currently leads an applied research program at Fleming College focusing on predictive water network analytics.
Office of Applied Research & Innovation
MARY LOU MCLEAN
Manager, Office of Applied Research & Innovation
Mary Lou McLean has over 25 years of experience in the legal, financial and human resources sector. She leads the advancement and coordination of college-wide activities and efforts in applied research. She oversees the submission and administration of all college research grants, is the Research Ethics Board Liaison, and works with Fleming College’s schools to develop research capacity in their area.
Research Support Specialist
As the Research Support Specialist, Laura Coles assists researchers and research teams in the preparation and submission of funding agency proposals. She works to promote, identify, initiate, and manage new research opportunities within all Schools at Fleming College. Laura is a Fleming alum and holds degrees from the University of Toronto and Trent University.
Research Grants Financial Officer
Angela Cooper is the Research Grants Financial Officer for the Office of Applied Research. She is responsible for the financial administration and reporting of research projects. Angela has a B.Sc. from Trent University and is a CPA, CGA with many years of experience managing grants for the not for profit sector.