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Paul H. Simms

Professor in Environmental Engineering

Degrees:B.E.Sc., M.E.Sc., Ph.D. (Western Ontario), P.Eng.
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2079
Office:2372 (Mackenzie)
Website:Research webpage

Prof. Simms’ mailbox is located in room 3432 C.J. Mackenzie Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 Canada

Teaching Assignment 2020-2021

  • ENVE4101 Waste Management
  • ENVE4918 Design Project
  • CIVE4307 Municipal Hydraulics
  • ENVE5204 Resource Waste Management

Previous Teaching Assignments

  • ECOR4995 Professional Practice
  • CIVE4307 Municipal Hydraulics
  • CIVE4407 Municipal Engineering
  • ENVE4002 Environmental Geotechnical Engineering
  • ENVE4006 Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • ENVE4101 Waste Management
  • ENVE4918 Design Project
  • CIVE5503 Numerical Methods in Geomechanics
  • ENVE5204 Resource Waste Management
  • ENVE5301 Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • ENVE5701 Environmental Geotechnique (also taught as ENVE5702 and ENVE5703)
  • ENVE5703 Mine Waste Management (also taught as ENVE5704)

Research Interests

  • Mine waste management
  • Thickened tailings disposal on surface and as mine backfill
  • Fundamental unsaturated soil mechanics and
  • Evolution of soil microstructure due to drying


2011 Research Achievement Award, Carleton University.  Check out the video.

Research Team

Yagmur Babaoglu Ph.D. (In Prog.)
Christopher Hey M.A.Sc. (2019)
Oswaldo Hurtado M.A.Sc. (2018)
Muhammad Hissan Khattak M.A.Sc. (2018)
Shabnam Mizani Ph.D. (In Prog.) Experimental Study and Surface Deposition Modelling of Amended Oil Sands Tailings Products
Muhammad Asif Salam Ph.D. (In Prog.) (co-supervised with Prof. B. Ormeci)
Manuel Sanchez Sardon M.A.Sc. (In Prog.) Combined Evaporation and Freeze-Thaw Effects in Polymer Amended Mature Fine Tailings (co-supervised by M. Rayhani)
William Thomas M.Eng. (Project) (2016)
Tariq Bajwa Ph.D. (2015) Microstructure and macroscopic behaviour of in-line thickened oil sands mature fine tailings
Mahsa Gholami M.A.Sc (2015)
Elizaveta Rozina M.A.Sc. (2015)
Yagmur Babaoglu M.A.Sc. (2014) Deposition Modeling of High Density Tailings using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics
Khalil Djalil M.A.Sc. (2014)
Chuck Durrant M.Eng. (Project) (2014)
Prabodha Jayasinghe M.A.Sc. (2014) Prototype testing of a modified poroelastic matric suction sensor
Farzad Daliri Ph.D. (2013) The influence of desiccation and over-consolidation on monotonic and cyclic shear response of thickened gold tailings
Parviz Heidarian M.A.Sc. (2013) Effect of Initial state on water-retention behaviour of mine tailings
Tessa Innocent M.A.Sc. (2013)
Adrian Manlagnit M.Eng. (Project) (2013) Bench Scale Characterization of Settling Properties of Thickened Tailings
Mandy Witteman M.A.Sc. (2013) Unsaturated Flow in Hydrating Porous Media: application to cemented paste backfill
Adedeji Samuel Dunmola Ph.D. (2012) Predicting Evaporative Fluxes in Saline Soil and Surface-deposited Thickened Mine Tailings.
Chris Mamen M.Eng. (Project) (2012)
Hyunseung Kim M.Eng. (Project) (2011) Effect of Over-consolidation and Desiccation on the Response of a Gold Mine Tailings under Simple Shear Loading
Shabnam Mizani M.A.Sc. (2010)
Rachel E. Bryan M.A.Sc. (2009)
Mahmud Amer Al Tarhouni M.A.Sc. (2008) Liquefaction and Post-liquefaction behaviour of gold mine tailings under simple shear loading
Bereket Tsegai Fisseha M.A.Sc. (2008) Flow Behavior in Multilayer Deposits of Unsaturated Paste Tailings
Julio Antonio Henriquez M.A.Sc. (2008) Dynamic Imaging and Modelling of Gold Paste Tailings Flows