Environmental Engineering Research Centre
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering



First year PhD Student Sherry Palmer, has won the award for the best student poster at the International Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health (SESEH 2012), held earlier this month in Galway (20-25 August).

The title of her poster was "Spatial analysis approaches to investigate bioaccessibility of potentially toxic elements in Northern Ireland soils"


EERC Acdemic Wins National Environment Award

The award was for Dr Bhaskar Sen Gupta and his team’s work in developing a method to remove arsenic from ground water without the use of chemicals, in the world’s first low-cost arsenic removal plant in India. More details here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ceao/News/Title,334096,en.html


EERC Academic honoured in Queen's Birthday Honours List:


Dr. Bhaskar Sengupta

Reader in Cilvil Engineering, Queen's University Belfast

For services to Higher Education and International Environmental Research


Open call for a Special Issue of the online journal Water on the theme of ‘Environmental Tracers’. Manuscripts must be submitted to the journal by 15 DECEMBER 2012. Full details are given at:



Two late additions to PG Studentships 2012.  Click here for details


Further Details on IoW Innovation Challenge

Guidelines for Applicants
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The Arsenic project in SPACE has won the UK Energy and Environemnt Awards 2011 in the category 'Innovation Award for Remediation Technology' . More information here.



New PhD Studentship Announced

Bridge weigh in motion and numerical modelling of bridge behaviour

Supervisor: Dr. Su Taylor and Dr Des Robinson

 The expansion in highway freight shipments has led to a substantial increase in truck traffic in Europe.  Of particular concern is the increased number, size and weight of heavy commercial vehicles. Bridge Weigh-in-Motion (B-WIM) is a technology where an existing bridge is used as a weighing scale to find the axle and gross weights of passing trucks. This research will focus on developing sensors for BWIM and to use non-linear finite element analysis to numerically model the behaviour of bridges.

 Applicants for this PhD should have ( or about to obtain ) a first class UG degree in Structural Engineering or equivalent, and demonstrate knowledge of NLFEA and using sensors for monitoring bridge structures. Application deadline 26th May 2011 via online application.

 Resources: Dedicated laboratories and field sites

Funding: US-Ireland grant - start date: 1 sep 2011


Congratulations to Abigail Goodman (2nd year PhD student)! She has been selected to receive a Young Investigator's Award to participate in the BASIN 2011 conference on the Roles of Stable Isotopes in Water Cycle Research, Keystone, Colorado, March, 2011.


Postgraduate Studentships for 2011 have been announced.  Click here for details


Paul McNulty, a new PhD student in EERC, has just been awarded the Queen’s Graduates’ Association Scholarship for top graduates who have returned to the university for PG study . Paul  attended an interview on Friday and the panel were very impressed with his presentation.  This is tremendous achievement and well done to him.


Congratulations are due to Bhaskar Sengupta on winning the THE Award for Outstanding Engineering Research Team, announced last night at a gala dinner in the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. He beat off short-listed teams from the Universities of Nottingham, Sheffield, Strathclyde, Warwick and Bournemouth.

More details here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11856751


Catherine Moorhead (1st year PhD student) receiving her award for Top Student in Civil and Environmental MEng Pathway from Gareth Coughlin, Chairman of the NI Branch of CIWEM


Antonia O’Neill  (1st year PhD student in EERC) accepting her £250.00 cheque from Gareth Coughlin, Chairman of the CIWEM NI Branch, for winning the CIWEM NI Branch 2010 New Members Paper Competition based on her MSc  in Water Resources Management research project on phosphorus retention in constructed wetlands.


Dr. John McKinley wins a QUB Teaching Award for "eLearning in Geotechnics" within the "Sustained Excellence" category

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Laura Carse travels to Saskatchewan in Canada for further studies.

Laura Carse is a PhD student within EERC supervised by Dr David Hughes and Dr Sivakumar.  She is travelling to Canada this September to study on the MSc course in Geotechnical Engineering, at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon for their autumn semester.  During her time in Saskatoon Laura will continue her PhD research into Slope Stability and strengthen the already active collaboration with Professor Lee Barbour at the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Saskatchewan.

Laura has recently been awarded two travel grants towards her upcoming trip to Canada this September.  An Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) QUEST travel grant of £1000 and a Royal Academy of Engineers (RAE) travel grant of £600. 

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Michael McLernon, (2nd year PhD) has come second in a prestigious international research conference in Brussels (The Young European Arena of Research 2010  http://year2010.fehrl.org/)


Michael was selected from hundred of entries to present at this conference and came a hugely creditable 2nd place in his research area (Production of Vehicles & Infrastructure Pillar: Effect of near surface processes on the management of risks associated with the long-term stability of road and rail cuttings in glacial tills)

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Details of Dr. Sengupta's triumph can be found here: http://www.thestandrewsprize.com/lists/2010.htm

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Bhaskar receiving the award from Dato Jacob Dungau Sagan, the Minister of International Trade and Industry in Malaysia.
Bhaskar Sen Gupta, Senior Lecturer in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering received the individual award for his contribution to the Asian water industry in a gala ceremony held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 6 April 2010.

The award recognizes top personalities and organizations and their initiatives that have contributed significantly to the development and improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of water and wastewater related service and/or optimization of public, private, commercial or industrial water use and/or to the saving and conservation of water resources in Asia.

Dr. Sen Gupta  led a team of scientists and engineers to set up world’s first chemical free arsenic removal plant in India. The technology will be used to remove iron and manganese from ground water for public water supply in the State of Kelantan. He is also leading a joint research initiative between University of Malaya and Queen’s on groundwater treatment in Malaysia.

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Dr. Bhaskar Sengupta has  been selected for this year's Asian Water Industry Management Excellence Award. The award ceremony will take place in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 6 to 8 April. The event takes place once in two years and there are four categories of award, 1. Government , 2. NGO, 3. Industry and 4. Individual. Dr. Bhaskar Sengupta has  been selected for the 'Individual Category' award.


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Laura Carse (postgraduate student in EERC) won the National Colas award in Penrith on Monday the 8th February 2010. 

The award (sponsored by Colas) is organised by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).

Laura was one of four finalists, chosen from regional Branches of the CIHT, who presented on the night.  She talked on 'porewater pressure dynamics in cuttings'. 

The prize, donated by Colas, is a three day trip to Paris for two, with a visit to the prestigious Colas Laboratories. 

The award was presented by Arthur Thompson from Colas, pictured far left, and Chris Jackson, President of CIHT.

Laura has an EPSRC Case Award sponsered by Golder Associates.  Her field work is funded by Roads Service and Northern Ireland Railways

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Dr. Bahaskar Sengupta, Senior Lecturer in EERC, (pictured right receiving award from IChemE CEO, David Brown) wins the Dhirubhai Ambani Award for outstanding chemical engineering innovation for resource-poor people - sponsored by Reliance Industries.  The project was -  "A chemical and waste-free arsenic removal system for rural water supply".

The Ambani award recognises the individual or team that best demonstrates the development and use of chemical engineering technology to support people living on less than $2 a day.  The winner of this award receives a $10,000 donation to support and extend their successful project.

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