Baiyu (Helen) Zhang

B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc. (Jilin), PhD (Regina), P.Eng., F.CSCE

  • Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Canada Research Chair (Coastal Environmental Engineering)
Contact Information

Ph: 709-864-3301
Em: bzhang[at]
Office: EN2110B
Twitter: @Helen_MUN_Civil

Personal profile

Dr. Zhang joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial) as an assistant professor in March 2010. She received an early promotion (with tenure) to associate professor in September 2015. She was granted the award in 2017 for serving as Tier 2 Canadian Research Chair in Coastal Environmental Engineering. In 2019-2020, she served as associate dean, research (acting) of FEAS. In September 2020, she was promoted to professor. Dr. Zhang is an adjunct professor at the University of Regina and a registered professional engineer in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Research interests/highlights

Dr. Zhang‚Äôs research mainly focuses on environmental engineering, especially associated with the development of environmental technologies for pollution control and waste management in marine and coastal environments. Her research expertise and interests lie in the areas of marine oil spill response, transport, fate and toxicity of oil and emerging contaminants, coastal/inland site remediation, coastal wastewater treatment, offshore reservoir souring control, and fishery/municipal solid waste management. Dr. Zhang is the founder of the Coastal Environment Laboratory (CEL) and a key researcher of the Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollution (NRPOP) Control Laboratory at Memorial University.

Since joining Memorial, Dr. Zhang has led or co-led over 30 research grants/contracts. These include research funds with a total amount of more than 9 million Canadian dollars from diverse sources including federal and provincial agencies, such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada Research Chair (CRC) Program, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), and the NL Research & Development Corp. (RDC); industry sponsors, such as Petroleum Research NL (PRNL) and Suncor Energy; and other international organizations such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She has (co-)authored nearly 300 publications with over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her research contributions have been widely recognized in newsletters and magazines such as Canadian Reclamation, Research Matters, Context Magazine (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers), Genome Atlantic e-Bulletin, Natural Resources Magazine, and Gazette Magazine.


Dr. Zhang has served on prestigious boards and committees such as Senior Expert of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Atlantic Region Director of the Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ), and Chair of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) NL Section. She is associate editor of Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE) and guest editor for multiple journals. She is Member and Section Chair of the NSERC Discovery Grants Evaluation Group for Civil, Industrial, and Systems Engineering.

Dr. Zhang has received many awards and honors such as Memorial President's Award for Outstanding Research, NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award, Dean's Award for Research Excellence of FEAS, CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund Award, CFI Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund Award, Fellow of CSCE, and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship.