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Gopal Achari



(403) 220-6599

ENF 280


Dr. Achari is a professor with the Center for Environmental Engineering Research and Education (CEERE) at the Schulich School of Engineering. His research interests include advanced oxidative processes for treatment of priority pollutants, uncertainty analysis in environmental engineering and landfill engineering. He has developed a technology for treating polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in soils using a combination of chemical extraction followed by photolytic dechlorination. The technology is now being piloted for commercial use. His research also spans across to decision making when there is a lack of complete information using fuzzy logic. Having published extensively in these areas, Dr. Achari is the recipient of numerous awards. Dr. Achari is a member of RES'EAU-WaterNET, a Canadian strategic research network devoted to developing affordable solutions for providing clean drinking water to small, rural and First Nations communities. He has established research collaborations across countries, helped organize conferences, workshops and technical sessions. Dr. Achari teaches advanced environmental engineering courses such as water and wastewater engineering, contaminant transport and contaminated sites remediation.

Awards, Distinctions and Fellowships

  1. ASTECH Honoree, 2010
  2. Department of Civil Engineering Graduate Educator Award, 2009
  3. Nominated for a Best Paper Award by Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 2009
  4. Nominated for an ASTECH Award, 2009
  5. Best Theoretical Oriented Paper Award by ASCE, Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste Management, 2009
  6. Department of Civil Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, 2008
  7. Professor of the Year, 2007
  8. Department of Civil Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, 2004
  9. Best Theoretical Paper Award by ASCE, Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste Management, 2002
  10. Nominated for Teaching Excellence Award, 1999
  11. Canadian Hunter Young Innovator Award, 1999
  12. University of Calgary Post Doctoral Fellowship, 1995-96
  13. Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, 1993-94
  14. Killam Scholar Prize for best statement of program of studies and research, 1992
  15. Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, 1992-93
  16. IGS-AIMIL Award for best paper published, 1990

Current Trainees (supervised/co-supervised): 

 Kejiang Zhang (PDF)  Maryam Izadifard (PDF)
 Jyoti Ghosh (Ph.D)  Linglong Yu (Ph.D)
 Adel Gurguis (Ph.D)  Tahir Akbar (Ph.D)
 Vita Martez (Ph.D)  Jen Kong (M.Sc)
 Bonnie Derksen (M.Sc)  Ken Wang (M.Sc)
 Suzanne Lozorko (M.Sc)  Upsana Chamoli (M.Sc)
 Dan Stein (M.Sc)  Michael Fleming (M.Sc)

Dr. Achari teaches the following courses:

  • Numerical Methods for Environmental Modeling (graduate)
  • Contaminated Soil Remediation (graduate)
  • Modeling of Environmental Systems (undergraduate)
Research Activities: 

Current Research Projects:

  • Development of treatment technology for PCB contaminated matrices
  • Advancement of photolytic, photocatalytic, Fenton and photo Fenton processes in treatment of priority pollutants in water and soils
  • Development of a decision support tool for small water systems
  • Development of a risk ranking system for contaminated sites

Download a list of recent publications (pdf).


B.Tech. (India) 1987
M.Sc. (Calgary) 1991
Ph.D. (Calgary) 1995