B.Eng. (Jilin), M.Sc. (Peking), PhD (Regina), P.Eng.
- Professor and Head, Department of Civil Engineering
- Director, Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollution Control Laboratory (NRPOP Lab)
- Director, Network on Persistent, Emerging, and Organic PoLlution in the Environment (PEOPLE Network)
- Environmental Engineering and Management
- Marine and Coastal Protection
- Environmental Nanotechnology and Biotechnology
- Environmental Management and Decision Making
Marine oil spill responses and cleanup in harsh environments, advanced wastewater treatment and reuse, environmental application of nano/biotechnology, oil contaminated site remediation in cold regions, persistent and emerging pollutants transport, fate and effect, environmental emergency response, watershed modeling and management, decision making under uncertainty, integrated waste management, environmental risk-simulation-optimization coupling, and environmental sustainability.
Dr. Bing Chen obtained his B.Eng. and M.Sc. from Jilin University and Peking University in China respectively, as well as his Ph.D. from University of Regina, Canada. He worked as NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at University of British Columbia and conducted visiting research in Environment Canada before he joined Memorial University in 2006. He is currently a Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering and Director of the Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollution Control Laboratory (NRPOP Lab). He is also the Founding Executive Director of a Global Network of Persistent, Emerging, and Organic PoLlution in the Environment (PEOPLE Network).
Dr. Chen’s teaching activities mainly focus on environmental systems engineering and management. He is the Advisor of the Environmental Systems Engineering & Management Program, which provides a unique multidisciplinary setting for training and fostering professional engineers and managers who can take a leading role in understanding and management of air, water and land resource deterioration in a sustainable manner.
Dr. Chen is very active in providing service and leadership in professional societies and academic communities. He has served as Senior Expert of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Vice President (International) of Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), Vice President (Atlantic) of Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ), Member of Royal Society of Canada (RSC)’s Expert Panel in oil spills, Alternate Chair/Member of Research Grant Evaluation Group (1509) of Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Member of Research Tool and Instruments (RTI) Selection Committee (1609) of NSERC, Executive Member and rep of CSChE in Environmental Chemistry Division of Canadian Society of Chemistry (CSC), Chair of Scholarship Committee, Atlantic Canada Water & Wastewater Association (ACWWA), and Chair of Memorial University Senate Committee on Research. He also serves(ed) as Editorial Board Member or Associate Editor of 5 refereed journals and Guest Editor for 4 others as well as Adjunct Professor of 6 research institutions. He is also a member or serves on subcommittees of several other professional associations such as American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), International Water Association (IWA), and Water Environment Federation (WEF). He has been invited as reviewer for over 30 journals and some major funding organizations across the world (e.g., NSERC, CFI, US NSF, China NSF and TWAS). He has participated in over 40 symposiums and given over 40 invited keynotes and guest lectures. He is a registered is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
- Arthur Sidney Bedell Award, Water Environment Federation (WEF) and Atlantic Canada Water & Wastewater Association (ACWWA), 2017
- Induction into the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, 2016
- Member of Research Grant Evaluation Group in Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering (EG1509), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), 2014-2017
- Senior Visiting Scholar Award, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), 2016
- Member of Royal Society of Canada (RSC) Expert Panel on oil spills, 2015
- FEAS Award for Research Excellence, 2014
- Terra Nova Young Innovator Award (former Petro Canada Young Innovator Award), 2014
- Leaders Opportunity Fund Award, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), 2007, 2013
- Induction to the Global Young Academy (GYA), 2012
Dr. Chen has developed novel engineering and managerial solutions through integrating environmental engineering with nano-/bio-technologies and advancing physical and numerical modeling methods. He possesses strong expertise and has made significant contributions in the areas of offshore oil spill responses and cleanup in harsh environments, advanced wastewater treatment and reuse, environmental nano/biotechnology, site remediation in cold regions, persistent pollutant transport/fate, environmental emergency response, watershed modeling and management, decision making under uncertainty, waste management, impact/risk assessment, and environmental sustainability.
Dr. Chen has acted as PI or Co-PI in over 50 research projects and contracts. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 refereed journal and conference publications, 3 books, and 6 patents/disclosures. He is the founding director of the NRPOP Lab, the first of its kind in Canada. The lab has been recognized worldwide for its pioneering research on persistent and toxic pollutants and their pollution mitigation in cold regions and harsh marine environments. Operational or accidental releases of these pollutants, especially from petroleum, chemical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and shipping industries, pose significant risks to humans and ecosystems and have long-term negative effects on aquatic environments. The NRPOP lab consists of world-class research expertise and facilities dedicated to innovation and creativity through integration of traditional environmental engineering approaches with nanotechnology and biotechnology, and coupling of physical/numerical simulation with risk assessment and systems optimization for dynamic decision support. Dr. Chen and his lab are dedicated to innovative research and development for supporting the sustainable development of natural resources and the eco-friendly operation of industries especially in cold regions and harsh environments.
Dr. Chen also serves the Founding Executive Director of PEOPLE Network. The network target on the acute and chronic pollution problems caused by a fast-growing group of persistent, emerging and organic pollutants (PEOPs). They mainly include but not limited to petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, disinfection by-products (DBPs), fire retardants, chemical surfactants, pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs), aquaculture therapeutants, engineered nanomaterial, micro-plastics, etc. The network is dedicated to innovative research and development to address critical gaps and pressing needs in understanding fate, behavior and effect of persistent and emerging pollutants especially in cold regions and marine environments and more importantly to find and apply integrated engineering and managerial solutions. PEOPLE has become a leading global consortium hosting over 100 top researchers from 14 Canadian and over 10 overseas institutions along with more than 50 major partners from government, industry, NGOs and communities from five continents.
As a registered Professional Engineer in Canada, Dr. Chen also has extensive practical experience through engineering contracts and technology transfer (from lab testing to field demonstration/application) and provides consulting service to partners from oil & gas, mining, petrochemical, agriculture, shipping sectors and from governmental agencies at different levels in Canada and worldwide.