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.
- 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
Thesis: Pre-development hydrologic processes
Thesis: Microplastics in urban stormwater and removal processes in bioretention systems
Thesis: Clogging and maintenance of permeable interlocking concrete pavements
Forestry/Engineering Ph.D. Student
Thesis: Biochar amendments for green roof growing media
Of all the courses Prof. Jennifer Drake has taught, CME358 – better known as Survey Camp – at Gull Lake is her favourite, in particular a special tutorial Drake runs: Marshmallow Roasting 101. “Civil and Mineral Practicals (CAMP)–Survey Camp– is by far the most rewarding course to teach,” says Drake. For any professor teaching environmental… Read more »
This is an excerpt from a longer story, originally posted on Engineering News. For these U of T Engineering students, the short walk across the stage at Convocation Hall marks both the end of one journey and the beginning of another. This year’s “Grads to Watch” are just a few of the talented Engineering graduates… Read more »