Professor Brent Sleep served as the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Civil Engineering before being named to Chair in July 2013. He is recognized internationally for his research in remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater.
Professor Sleep joined the Department of Civil Engineering in 1990, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and to full Professor in 2000. He is a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and is the lead researcher and Principal Investigator of two research networks: INTEGRATE, the Innovative Technologies for Groundwater Remediation project, is funded by the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence (ORF-RE) Water Round grant; and RENEW, the Remediation Education Network, is funded by an NSERC CREATE grant.
His research interests are in the area of innovative methods for remediation of soil and groundwater contamination, with a focus on organic contaminants. His research group conducts laboratory and computer modelling studies of bioremediation, thermal remediation, and the applications of chemical oxidants and nanoscale zero valent iron for subsurface remediation. His group is also investigating the transport of pathogens in fractured rock aquifers.
Professor Sleep has made outstanding contributions to the profession through editorships in leading journals in the water resources field and active involvement on important panels and committees. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology and as an Associate Editor of Advances in Water Resources. He also has a record of outstanding administrative service to the Department and has served as Associate Chair, Research since 2008.