Environmental Engineering Laboratory

Photo of student testing water samples in lab.

The CSEE hydraulics and environmental engineering lab is located in a shared space in 120 Jarvis Hall. All CSEE students will participate in at least one lab in this space, and this is one of the several spaces that is both a teaching and research lab.

Environmental Engineering Lab

  • This lab features a wet-chemistry lab and spaces for the students to study velocity, buoyancy force of water and other observations.
  • Students use scale model of boats to determine the degree of tilt in order test the accuracy of the theoretical tip angle they calculate.
  • Using a powerful shop-vac, undergraduates are able to calculate velocity by measuring the pressure of water flow at different points in our velocity lab.


  • The hydraulics and environmental engineering lab is located in 120 Jarvis; the same building as the environmental engineering faculty.
  • Within 120 Jarvis, there is a rotating lab. Within the middle of the room is a scale model of Lake Ontario. The pit is filled with water and spinning the room simulates the Coriolis Effect. This is the only rotating table, used for research on the Great Lakes in the world.
  • The rotating lab, large water flume and pit, taking up half the floor in 120 Jarvis, it all considered “research space.” While undergraduate students are learning in the teaching labs, experiments happen, and give them an opportunity to witness work they may one day be doing.