Imperial College London

ProfessorStephenSmith

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor of Bioresource Systems
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 6051s.r.smith

 
 
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Assistant

 

Miss Judith Barritt +44 (0)20 7594 5967

 
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Location

 

229Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Microbiology for Environmental Engineering - CIVE97046

Aims

  • To provide an introduction to microbiology relevant to environmental engineering assuming little prior knowledge of the subject.  
  • To discuss fundamental aspects of microorganisms and microbial metabolism, and the behaviour and characteristics of the major microbial groups: bacteria, fungi, protozoa, algae, viruses, and metazoan helminths and their relevance to environmental engineering are described.  
  • To consider applied examples of environmental microbiology, including: environmental nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) transformations and processes, environmental pathogens and quantitative microbial risk assessment, biological wastewater treatment, and microbiological treatment of solid organic wastes and sludges.  
  • To introduce meta-omics techniques and their application in biological treatment processes. 

Role

Course Leader

Air Pollution Control - CIVE97028

Aims

  • To provide students with a solid introduction to the key issues associated with air pollution, policies and standards, monitoring and modelling, air pollution chemistry and issues associated with bio-aerosols. The module also includes key aspects associated with odour control technologies.

Role

Lecturer

Solid Waste Management - CIVE97048

Aims

 To provide detailed knowledge and skills in the management, treatment, disposal and recycling options for solid wastes and the role resource efficiency plays in conserving resources and contributing to a low carbon economy, while focussing on key engineering and technical aspects involved.  

Role

Lecturer

Environmental Engineering - CIVE96012

Aims

This module aims to provide knowledge and skills in the design of drinking water supply and treatment works, wastewater collection and treatment systems, and waste and resource management. Understanding of the basic principles will be supplemented, where appropriate, by practical problem-solving exercises in the context of civil engineering.

 

 

Role

Lecturer

Waste Management Engineering - CIVE97015

Aims

To provide detailed knowledge and skills in the management, treatment, disposal and recycling options for solid wastes and the role resource efficiency plays in conserving resources and contributing to a low carbon economy, while focusing on key engineering and technical aspects involved. Understanding of the basic principles of waste and resource management will be supplemented, where appropriate, by practical problem-solving exercises in the context of civil engineering.

Role

Lecturer

Water Resources Engineering - CIVE97014

Aims

  • To understand the processes that govern the movement and storage of water in the terrestrial environment and how these processes can be understood using physical principles and represented using mathematical modelling techniques.
  • To understand the hydrological data that are required to support such models and the associated uncertainties in both data and models.
  • To be able to use models to identify, design, and manage surface water and groundwater resources and apply methods to quantify the effect of climate variability and change on design risk.
  • To appreciate the specific demands agriculture places on water resources, especially groundwater.
  • To understand the challenges for water resources in the future related to climate change.

Role

Lecturer

Water and Wastewater Engineering - CIVE97013

Aims

  • Provide further insights into key principles for the design, modelling and control of water supply and wastewater collection networks (underground infrastructure), and water treatment processes (both clean and wastewater; overground infrastructure), which were introduced in CI2-260 and CI3-360.
  • Introduce current and emerging trends in the design and operation of water supply and wastewater networks and discuss their relevance as critical services and civil infrastructure for Smart Cities.
  • Present water and wastewater treatment aspects.
  • Supplement the fundamental principles with problem-solving exercises to be able to apply the theory to practical water and wastewater industry scenarios.
  • This module will build upon and combine your knowledge from Fluid Mechanics (e.g. pipe hydraulics) and Mathematics (e.g. numerical methods) modules you have gained so far.

Role

Lecturer

Environmental Management in Developing Countries - CIVE97037

Aims

  • Gain insight and understanding of the inter-relationships between water, wastes and health in developing countries. 
  • Examine the issues of tropical public health, and study an introduction to epidemiology and water-borne, insect-borne and helminth diseases and their control in relation to water supply, sanitation and irrigation.
  • Consider impacts of air pollution. Particular topics include the choice of water source and its protection, low-cost water treatment, distribution and storage, planning and design of low-cost sanitation, effluent re-use, and waste management and disposal in environmentally developing countries.
  • Provide examples of field practice and case studies.
  • Cover a broad range of multidisciplinary subject fields relevant to environmental management in developing countries.

Role

Lecturer

Agriculture and Water - CIVE97057

Aims

 

  • To be able to understand topics including the different reasons why farmers irrigate in the developed world and in developing countries, how irrigation can be a powerful tool for poverty alleviation and food security, the technologies for getting water from a source to crops, methods of water application on-farm (surface, sprinkler, drip and irrigation), irrigation management including irrigation scheduling methods on-farm and on irrigation schemes, the current trends toward irrigation management transfer from government to farmers and the growth of water user groups that encourage farmers to take responsibility for water management.
  • To understand the concept of efficiency, and the question of, “does efficiency really matter will also be raised in situations where water is in short supply?”
  • The role of drainage in irrigation design and management will be discussed together with techniques of drainage design. Problems of salinization are reviewed and methods for management and remediation of salinity problems.
  • To appreciate how agriculture impacts on water resources and water management and how new methods and techniques are keeping to reduce these impacts.
  • To be informed on new areas of research in agricultural water management and groundwater 

Role

Lecturer

Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment - CIVE97027

Aims

  • To extend and deepen the scope of the introductory module on drinking water, and wastewater treatment (CI9-EE-28).
  • To cover the background to water quality, standards and regulations, and more specialised unit processes of softening, ion exchange, oxidation, adsorption, and membrane systems.
  • To review the fundamental basis of aerobic treatment processes, and describe methods of advanced effluent treatment for higher discharge standards and effluent re-use.  

Role

Lecturer

Water and Wastewater Treatment - CIVE97053

Aims

  •  To provide a basic description and understanding of the principal unit processes used in the treatment of drinking water and municipal wastewaters.
  • This will include coverage of the scientific basis of each unit process, as well as the conventional approach to their engineering design. By reviewing the variety of raw water qualities commonly found, and the prevailing drinking water quality standards that must be compiled with, the course will highlight and detail the typical configurations of unit processes used in the UK and internationally.
  • In the area of wastewater treatment the course will provide an understanding of the kinetic theory of biological growth and apply it to typical aerobic processes, and an appreciation of the purpose and practice of sludge treatment.

 

Role

Lecturer