Lecturer with Security of Employment
Ph.D., Biosystems Engineering, McGill University, 2002
M. Eng., Chemical Engineering, McGill University, 1994
B. Eng., Chemical Engineering, McGill University, 1992
Kawai Tam received her Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering from McGill University in 2002.
Her doctoral research focused on bioremediation and wastewater treatment with an emphasis
on the characterization of mixed culture population dynamics using molecular microbiology
techniques. She earned her Master’s in Chemical Engineering from McGill University
in 1994 with her thesis on comparative treatment options for the neutralization of
acidic mine drainage. Her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a focus on
waste treatment and pollution control was received in 1992. In her post-doctoral research,
she also studied environmental and dental biofilms using piezoelectric and impedance
spectroscopy techniques, protein separation using nanotechnology and biological production
of selenium nanoparticles of controlled size. Dr. Tam also worked as a consultant
conducting research at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Center in 1994-1995.
She has been teaching at UCR in the department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
since 1997 in courses at many levels including freshman, sophomore, junior, senior
and graduate levels.