Dr. Pierre Bérubé


Environmental Systems Engineering

Office: CEME 2034

Email: berube@civil.ubc.ca

Phone: 604-822-5665

Publications: Google Scholar


Dr. Pierre Bérubé is a Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He has over 25 years of research and consulting experience dealing with the development and optimization of membrane technologies for water and wastewater treatment applications. Dr. Bérubé actively collaborates with researchers nationally and internationally on a number of research projects funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Water Network, the Water Environment Research Foundation, and the European Membrane- Network.

Research Interests

Filtration/membrane processes for water/seawater treatment and resource recovery from wastewater; passive technologies for small/remote/decentralized systems; distribution system water quality assessment and modeling.


CIVL 305 Introduction to Environmental Engineering Applications

CIVL 598X Membrane Technologies for Water and Wastewater Treatment

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2019, Excellence and Innovation in the Water and Waste Industry Award, British Columbia Water and Waste Association
  • 2012-2013, Professor Appreciation Award, University of British Columbia
  • 2011-2012, Professor Appreciation Award, University of British Columbia
  • 2012, Donald R. Stanley Award, Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (CSCE)
  • 2008, Discovery Accelerator, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • 2002, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Student Research Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in joining our graduate research team. We are always looking for bright and motivated individuals with a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, cultures, and personalities.

Successful applicants must 1) distinguish themselves academically, 2) demonstrate passion for environmental engineering, 3) have good communication skills (for international students, minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores of 110 or 7.5, respectively), and 4) be independent and creative thinkers. Successful PhD applicants must also have published at least one paper in a well-respected peer-reviewed journal.

If you meet the above qualifications, you are invited to email a preliminary application with “GRADUATE2023” in the subject line to berube@civil.ubc.ca. The preliminary application should include the following in a single pdf file.

1. A one-page (maximum) statement outlining: 1) your relevant qualifications as a graduate research student in environmental engineering, 2) why you are interested in the type of research done by our team.

2. A brief CV (3 pages maximum) to include contact information of two references.

After reviewing the preliminary applications, potential candidates will be contacted and encouraged to formally apply by Jan 31 for admission the following September. In any given year, 2 to 4 outstanding MASc and/or PhD candidates are selected to join the team. Please indicate in your Statement if you have (or are eligible for) an external fellowship (e.g., an NSERC Fellowship). I look forward to viewing your preliminary applications.


For a full list of my publications, visit my profile on:

Google Scholar