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Civil Engineering

David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez

Research Group: Thermoconductive Treatment of DNAPLs

David RodriguezDavid's research is focused on thermo radiation of fractured bedrock impacted by hazardous immiscible liquids and on the development of semi-analytical models for contaminant transport in porous media. Recent work evaluated the influence of heterogeneity in fractured porous media on the performance of thermal remediation technologies for the removal of Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (DNAPLs). Work included laboratory experimentation, field investigation and mathematical modeling of fractured bedrock contaminated by chlorinated solvents, such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE), which are a common source of groundwater contamination in many sites in North America. Previous research covered the remediation of surface and groundwater contamination derived from municipal and agricultural activities with the application of wastewater treatment by activated sludge bioreactors, biofilters and constructed wetlands.

Additional experience includes the cost-sustainable assessment, design and installation of renewable energy generation systems, such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and solar heaters.

Education

  • Present, Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering - Department of Civil Engineering, Queen's University.
  • 2007 M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering - Department of Civil Engineering, Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico.
  • 2005 B.Sc. in Physical Engineering - Department of Civil Engineering, Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico.