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Cole Van De Ven

Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering

Degrees:B.Eng. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Queen's)

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

Just below the surface of the earth exists a significant source of greenhouse gases (GHGs). These geo-environmental GHGs are generated and migrate in the shallow subsurface as a result of energy development, industrial contamination, waste storage, and natural processes. Dr. Van De Ven’s research focuses on quantifying the fate and transport of gases in the critical zone (bottom of aquifers to tops of trees) to protect groundwater and soils, and reduce emissions from geo-environmental GHGs. More specifically, he looks at coupled fundamental processes including multiphase flow, mass transfer and transformation to enhance monitoring efforts, quantify risk, and develop mitigation strategies. Dr. Van De Ven’s research uses high-resolution experimentation at a variety of scales (cm- to field-scale), coupled with advanced analytical techniques and numerical modeling.

Dr. Van De Ven is looking for enthusiastic students to be a part of this impactful research. Please email Dr. Van De Ven ( to discuss research opportunities. Please include a cover letter outlining interests and your CV.

Teaching Assignments 2021-2022

  • ENVE 2001 Process Analysis for Environmental Engineering
  • ENVE 5702 Energy Development and the Critical Zone