Colin Rennie


Colin Rennie

Ph.D. (British Columbia)
M.A.Sc. (British Columbia)
B.Sc. (Guelph)

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Colin Rennie (Ph.D., P.Eng.) is Professor at the University of Ottawa. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE) and previously of the Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface (AGU) .He is Secretary of the Fluvial Hydraulics Division of the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) and Past-Chair of the IAHRExperimental Methods and Instrumentation Committee.He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Technical Committee on Hydraulic Measurements and Experimentation. He is a member of ASCE, IAHR, CSCE, and AGU.

Dr. Rennie began his career as a junior environmental engineer with government and consulting experience in hydrology, fish population and habitat assessment, mine reclamation, industrial wastewater treatment, air quality, and contaminated site remediation (1992-1996). He focused on river hydraulics and sediment transport as a graduate student at the University of British Columbia (1996-2002) with a Master’s project on scour in salmon spawning habitat, and a Ph.D. study in which he pioneered the use of an acoustic Doppler current profiler (aDcp) for measurement of bedload. His interest in acoustic techniques continued during a post-doctoral term at the Physical Oceanography Department of Dalhousie University (2002-2003) where he did field and laboratory calibrations of a novel acoustic Doppler bedload sensor. He has been a professor at the University of Ottawa since 2003, where he carries out research in the areas of river engineering, environmental hydraulics, sediment transport, turbulence, and aquatic habitat.His research focuses on flow-sediment interactions,river morphodynamics, andmixing processes,utilizing high resolution field measurements with acoustic instruments, laboratory physical models, and three-dimensional numerical modelling.

Fields of Interest

  • Water resources engineering
  • River engineering
  • Environmental hydraulics
  • Sediment transport, turbulence and aquatic habitat
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