Dr. Thomson is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Soil and Groundwater Remediation Engineering Group, and a member of the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Research Group and The Water Institute at the University of Waterloo. He was Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2008 to 2016.
Dr. Thomson has over 35 years of research experience in the use of field investigations, laboratory experiments, and numerical models to explore subsurface contaminant fate and remediation issues. Current research topics include emerging soil and groundwater remediation technologies, petroleum hydrocarbons and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, chemical oxidants, functional nanoparticles, electrokinetics, high resolution monitoring, isotopes and biomarkers, delivery methods, site characterization, and physical model and comprehensive pilot-scale studies.
Between 2012 to 2020 Dr. Thomson was the Editor-in-Chief of Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation, a National Ground Water Association publication.
In 2020 Dr. Thomson was honoured with the 2020 Keith E Anderson Award for scientists and engineers who make outstanding contributions to the National Ground Water Association.
Dr. Thomson teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate courses including: Fluid Mechanics, Water Quality Engineering, Advanced Mathematics, Hydrology, Environmental Chemistry, Contaminant Transport, Finite Element Methods, Soil and Groundwater Remediation Engineering, Numerical Methods for Environmental Applications, and Water Quality Management.
In 2018, 2014 and 2005 he received an Outstanding Performance Award from the University of Waterloo for outstanding performance in teaching and scholarship. In 2008 he was awarded the Faculty of Engineering Distinguished Performance Award for his outstanding contribution in teaching, scholarship and service. In 1999 he was awarded the Sir Sanford Fleming Teaching Excellence Award for recognition of an exemplary record of outstanding teaching, concern for students and a commitment to the development and enrichment of engineering education at Waterloo.
He provides expert technical assistance on topics that include conceptual site model development; groundwater flow and fate analysis; and remedial alternative selection, design, and monitoring.