Jennifer Drake

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Jennifer Drake
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4

 

Background

Professor Jennifer Drake is working to solve the problem of how to sustain our limited water and energy resources while simultaneously continuing to accommodate the growing worldwide demand on these resources. She collaborates with industry and government partners to identify ways to increase efficiency in regional water, storm water and sewage distribution systems, and hydro dams. Utilizing emergent methodologies such as low impact development, and newer sensor technologies for advanced performance monitoring, they seek to move engineering knowledge beyond the static models conventionally used for evaluating the sustainability of systems. Her work will help equip engineers with the ability to monitor and predict issues before they arise, to gauge risk before failures occur, to generate less waste, and to develop better policies that will lead to a more sustainable future.

She is the Co-Researcher, Hydrology at the Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Education

  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering (2013) University of Guelph
  • M.A.Sc. Water Resource Engineering (2009) University of Guelph
  • B.Eng Civil Engineering and Society (2007) McMaster University

Research Interests

Low Impact Development (LID)

Living and Green Infrastructure

Stormwater Management

Watershed Systems

 

Research Opportunities

 

JOB POSTING - Postdoctoral Fellow

Publications

Interviews

Research Team

Yin Yin, PhD Candidate

Yin Yin

Ph.D. Candidate

Thesis: Pre-development hydrologic processes

Kirti Sehgal

Ph.D. Candidate

Thesis: Operational practices for permeable pavements

Sylvie Spraakman

Ph.D. Candidate

Thesis: Long-term performance of bioretention systems

Kelsey_Smyth

Kelsey Smyth

Ph.D. Candidate

Thesis: Microplastics in urban stormwater and removal processes in bioretention systems

Jody Scott

Jody Scott

Ph.D. Candidate

Thesis: Clogging and maintenance of permeable interlocking concrete pavements

Wenxi Liao

Wenxi Liao

Forestry/Engineering Ph.D. Student

Thesis: Biochar amendments for green roof growing media

Ke Qin

Ke Qin

M.A.Sc. Candidate

Presentations & Projects

 

Teaching

Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
CIV1302H
Winter 2021Wednesday17:0020:00LEC 9101 SYNC

News Mentions

rofessor Jennifer Drake (CivMin) presents to Indigenous leaders from across Ontario at the Sioux Lookout Innovation Station. The event is part of the Reconciliation Through Engineering Initiative, a collaboration between Indigenous communities and U of T Engineering’s Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN). (Photo: Shakya Sur)

Reconciliation through engineering

Researchers at the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) are collaborating with Indigenous communities to address pressing infrastructure challenges facing geographically disparate communities across Canada. CGEN’s Reconciliation Through Engineering Initiative (RTEI) will identify six projects that aim to improve access to clean drinking water, food security, housing, health care, transportation and communication systems from a multi-disciplinary… Read more »

CivMin professor, and alumna receive Engineers Canada Awards

Engineers Canada has recognized Professor Jennifer Drake (CivMin) and alumna Helen Wojcinski (CivMin 8T7) with Engineers Canada Awards. The national awards celebrate engineers who have made distinguished contributions to Canada. Drake received the Young Engineer Achievement Award, which recognizes an engineer under 36 years of age for outstanding contributions. Wojcinski garnered the Meritorious Service Award for Community Service, presented… Read more »

Going with the flow: Alumna Jenny Hill aims to improve stormwater management in Toronto and beyond

Before Jenny Hill took on her current job — working to prevent catastrophic city-wide flooding in the Greater Toronto Area — she worked in a police forensics lab. She thinks her role now is more exciting. “Forensics is not what people think,” she says. “None of us carry guns, we don’t do a dozen different tests to… Read more »