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  • PhD, Civil & Environmental EngineeringUniversity of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2004 – 2008
  • M.Sc. in Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2000 – 2003
  • B.Sc. in Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1996 – 2000
  • Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental EngineeringUniversity of Alberta, 2012 – present
  • Leak Detection Engineer, Leak Detection, Enbridge Pipelines, 2009 – 2012
  • Hydraulic Design Engineer, Enbridge Pipelines, 2008 – 2009
  • Research Engineer, University of Alberta, 2008
  • 2011, R. Larry Gerard Medal, Canadian Geophysical Union-Hydrology Section's Committee on River Ice Processes and the Environment (CGU-HS CRIPE)
  • 2008, Dissertation Fellowship, University of Alberta
  • 2007, R. Larry Gerard Memorial Scholarship in Ice Engineering, University of Alberta
  • 2006 – 2007, Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, University of Alberta
  • 2004 – 2006, FS Chia PhD Scholarship, University of Alberta
  • Committee member, Ice Committee of International Association for Hydro-Environmental Engineering and Research (IAHR)
  • Committee member, River Ice Processes and the Environment, Canadian Geophysical Union-Hydrology Section (CGU-HS)
  • Member of Board of Directors, Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA), Alberta Section
  • Faculty facilitator for the Students and Young Professionals Group, Canadian Water Resources Association, Edmonton Chapter
  • Reviewer for: Journal of Hydrology, Hydrological Processes, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Journal of Cold Regions Science and Technology, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering,Journal of Waterway, Journal of Hydrodynamics, Geomorphology, Advances in Engineering Software, Energies, Water, Ecological Engineering.
  • PEng, Alberta


* Student names are underlined

Ibrahim, A., Steffler, P., and She, Y. Comparison of a Vertically-averaged and a Vertically-resolved Model for Hyporheic Flow Beneath a Pool-Riffle Bed Form. Journal of Hydrology. under review

Chu, K., and She, Y., Liu, W., Hua, Z., Gu, L., and Liu, X. Identification of Key Environmental Indicators in Tidal Flat Reclamation Area Using Modified Principal Component Analysis, a Case Study for Tiaozini Sand Shoal, China. Ocean and Coastal Management. under review

Lu, Z., She, Y., and Loewen, M. (2017). A sensitivity study on a computer model-based leak detection system for oil pipelines. Energies. 10, 1226: 17pp. doi:10.3390/en10081226.

De Coste, M., She, Y., and Blackburn, J. (2017). Incorporating the effects of upstream ice jam releases in the prediction of flood levels in the Hay River Delta, Canada. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 44: 643-651. 

Nafziger, J., She, Y., and Hicks, F. (2017). Anchor Ice Formation and Release in Small Regulated and unregulated Streams. Journal of Cold Regions Science and Technology 123: 71-80.

She, Y., Kemp, J., Richards, L., and Loewen, M. (2016). Investigation into freezing point depression in storm water ponds caused by road salt. Journal of Cold Regions Science and Technology 131: 53-64. 

Nafziger, J., She, Y., and Hicks, F. (2016). Celerities of waves and ice runs from ice jam releases. Journal of Cold Regions Science and Technology 123: 71-80. 

She, Y., Hicks, F., and Andrishak, R. (2012). The role of hydro-peaking in freeze-up consolidation events on regulated river. Journal of Cold Regions Science and Technology 73: 41-49. 

Carson, R., Beltaos, S., Groeneveld, J., Healy, D., She, Y., Malenchak, J., Morris, M., Saucet, J.P., Kolerski, T., and Shen, H.T. (2011). Comparative testing of numerical models of river ice jams. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering 38: 669-678. 

She, Y., Hicks, F., Steffler, P., and Healy, D. (2009). Constitutive model for internal resistance of moving ice accumulations and Eulerian implementation for river ice jam formation. Journal of Cold Regions Science and Technology 55: 286-294.

She, Y., Andrishak, R., Hicks, F., Morse, B., Stander, E., Krath, C., Keller, D., Abarca, N., Nolin, S., Tanekou, F., and Mahabir, C. (2009). Athabasca River ice jam formation and release events in 2006 and 2007. Journal of Cold Regions Science and Technology, Special Issue on River Ice, 55:249-261.

She, Y. and Hicks, F. (2006). Modeling ice jam release waves with consideration for ice effects. Journal Cold Regions Science and Technology, 45(3): 137-147.

She, Y.  and Mao, Z. (2003), Flow simulation of urban sewer networks. Tsinghua Science and Technology, 8(6): 719-725. 


Nafziger, J., She, Y., and Chung, T. (2017). Anchor ice effects on the hyporheic environment in a hydropeaking stream. 19th CGU-HS CRIPE Workshop on the Hydraulics of Ice Covered Rivers, White Horse, YK, July 2017.

Oveisy, A. and She, Y. (2017). Modelling Ice jam formation in the Hay River Delta during 2009 breakup. 19th CGU-HS CRIPE Workshop on the Hydraulics of Ice Covered Rivers, White Horse, YK, July 2017.

Oveisy, A., She, Y., and Loewen, M. (2017). Numerical modelling of ice processes in a stormwater pond in the City of Edmonton, AB, Canada. 19th CGU-HS CRIPE Workshop on the Hydraulics of Ice Covered Rivers, White Horse, YK, July 2017.

De Coste, M., She, Y., and Blackburn, J. (2016). The effects of upstream ice jam release on the severity of ice jams in the Hay River Delta. 23rd IAHR International Symposium on Ice. Ann Arbor, MI, May 2016.

Blackburn, J., She, Y., Hicks, F., and Nafziger, J. (2015). Ice effects on flow distributions in the Mackenzie Delta. 18th CGU-HS CRIPE Workshop on the Hydraulics of Ice Covered Rivers, Quebec City, QC, August 2015.

Nafziger, J., She, Y., and Hicks, F. (2015). Observations of ice jam releases resulting from an incoming water wave. 18th CGU-HS CRIPE Workshop on the Hydraulics of Ice Covered Rivers, Quebec City, QC, August 2015.

Hicks, F., Andrishak, R., and She, Y. (2009). Modeling ice cover consolidation during freeze-up on the Peace River, AB. 15th CGU-HS CRIPE Workshop on River Ice. (won the CGU-HS CRIPE Gerard Medal)

She, Y., Hicks, F., Steffler, P., and Healy, D. (2008). Effects of unsteadiness and ice motion on river ice jam profiles" 19th IAHR International Symposium on Ice. Vancouver, BC, July 2008.

She, Y., Tanekou, F. N., Hicks, F., Morse, B., Keller, D., Abarca, N., Krath, C., Nolin, S., Stander, E., Andrishak, R., Mahabir, C., and Richard, M. (2007), Ice jam formation and release events on the Athabasca River, 2007. 14th CGU-HS CRIPE Workshop on River Ice, Quebec City, QC, July 2007.

She, Y. and Hicks, F. (2006). Ice jam release wave modeling: considering the effects of ice in a receiving channel. 18th IAHR International Symposium on Ice. Sapporo, Japan, August 2006.

Hicks, F., Andrishak, R., and She, Y. (2006). Modeling thermal and dynamic river ice processes. 13th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Orono, Maine, July 2006.

She, Y. and Hicks, F. (2005). Incorporating ice effects in ice jam release surge models. 13th CGU-HS CRIPE Workshop on River Ice, Hanover, NH, July 2005.

She, Y. and Mao, Z. (2002).  Fixed-grid method of characteristics using hybrid interpolation scheme for urban sewer unsteady flow simulation. Proc. of the 5th International Conference on Hydrodynamics, Taiwan, 179-184. 


CIV E 636 Ice Engineering

This course focuses on topics in River Ice Engineering, focusing of the hydraulics and engineering aspects of river ice. Course content include i  ntroduction to river ice processes; ice properties; ice hydraulics; ice mechanics and load bearing capacity, aufeis; anchor ice; thermal ice processes and modeling; ice jams hydraulics (steady and unsteady flow theory) and modeling; ice jam formation and release; winter discharge measurement; ice process monitoring techniques; ice jam flood forecasting, and ice jam flood mitigation.

CIV E 431 Water Resources Engineering

The objective of this course is to provide senior level undergraduate students in civil engineering practical knowledge related to water resources engineering. Specifically, this course provides advanced training in the applications of techniques and theory in hydrology and hydraulics, providing the technical skills needed to design river engineering works and hydraulics structures.  In that context, CivE 431 is an essential prerequisite for the Water Resources Engineering Design course – CivE 439. 

This course is specifically designed for those students with an earnest interest in a professional and realistic engineering experience. It covers many practical topics including design flood determination, floodplain delineation, sediment transport and river geomorphology, river monitoring and measurement techniques, river hydraulics (including unsteady flow), river ice engineering, and hydrotechnical modeling techniques.

CIV E 395 Civil Engineering Analysis III

The objective of this course is to learn how to formulate, solve, and interpret the solutions of continuum based mathematical models of real-world civil engineering problems such as contaminant transport, heat transfer, groundwater flow, column buckling, free and forced vibration.


This research group seeks highly qualified individuals with experience in fluid mechanics, hydraulic engineering,  computational hydraulics, and/or flow simulation  to fill available positions as research assistants (undergraduate, Master's, and doctoral students). Programming skill is not required but will be considered. All selected graduate student candidates and some undergraduate students will be  financially supported. P otential candidates will be thoroughly screened before final selections are made for each available position. 

Information on how to apply to the graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta can be found here.

Send me an email if you are interested in joining our team. I look forward to hearing from you!

River ice processes
Ice plays a critical role in most northern rivers as it affects the river's ecosystems, as well as water quality and water quantity. The greatest hazard caused by river ice is associated with ice jam events (accumulations of broken ice floes) which can often result in severe and hard-to-predict flooding. Hydro-peaking operations can be severely constrained on regulated rivers during freeze-up season due to the risk of breaking and consolidating the fragile developing ice covers. Such flow restrictions result in lost revenue to hydro-power companies and can have environmental implications as well. In addition, river ice has important implications for transportation networks in Canada since ferries (during open water season) and ice bridges (during ice covered season) are essential transportation links for many northern communities. River ice have the potential to greatly affect the mode and timing of the transportation across and along the rivers. The expected climate change further underscores these issues.

Some important research topics include but not limit to:

  • Impact of climate change on river winter regime
  • Effects of river regulation on on river ice regime
  • Ice jam flood forecasting
Pipe flow simulation
The world's pipeline network is massive. Even with extensive regulation and pipeline companies taking many measures to maintain and monitor their pipelines to ensure safe operations, there is always a possibility that a leak could occur. Oil pipeline leaks can result in significant environmental impacts and huge economic losses. Enhancing current leak detection technologies is highly desirable as it may improve response to a leak event, thus reducing the environmental and economic losses.  Among the wide variety of leak detection techniques, real-time transient model based leak detection method has the advantage of being relatively non-invasive and requiring no field installation. The occurrence of a leak creates a transient event that may be possible to detect by analyzing the hydraulic behavior of the pipeline system. The governing equations are solved by a computer model to calculate the hydraulic state of the pipeline in real time. The pipeline state is indicated by the measurements from field sensors, provided to the leak detection system by the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system. A comparison between the computed and measured hydraulic states can indicate whether a leak is present.

Considering the real-world challenges that the model based leak detection method faces, it is important to investigate:

  • Effect of uncertainties on the performance of model based leak detection system
  • Enhancement of existing model based leak detection system
Yuntong She, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Alberta
7-259 Donadeo Innovation Center for Engineering
9211 - 116 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9
Tel: (780) 492-9375
Email: yuntong.she@ualberta.ca

Welcome to the Computational Hydraulics Research Group

There is an ever-growing need for numerical modeling capability. Specifically in the area of Water Resources Engineering, numerical modeling plays an important role in understanding and solving complex hydraulic and ecological problems in natural rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal areas, as well as issues in water and oil transfer pipeline systems. Application tools developed using numerical modeling provide more insight and assist decision-making of engineers, regulators, and government agencies.

The goal of the Computational Hydraulics Research Group is to develop and/or apply numerical models to solve real-world problems in hydraulic engineering. The specific interest areas include flood forecasting, river ice processes, sediment transport, energy pipeline system, urban drainage system, surface water and groundwater.

See   Research   page for details of our current research.