Dr Yuen is recognized both nationally and internationally for his active research on solid waste management with specific interests in bioreactor landfills, waste containment systems, leachate recirculation, landfill hydrology and landfill gas management. He served the industry for over 12 years practising as a consulting engineer in a wide range of geotechnical and environmental projects before commencing his academic career with the University of Melbourne in 1996 . He is the Research Team Leader of the national Australian Alternative Cap Program co-funded by the Australian Research Council and the Waste Management Association of Australia. His is also a member of the Landfill Aftercare and Management Expert Advisory Group appointed by EPA Victoria.
Dr Sam Yuen from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering has been awarded the 2012 University of Melbourne Staff Engagement Excellence Award
for his work on sustainable waste management. As the instigator and principal architect of the project, "Phytocapping for sustainable waste management systems and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and odour from waste disposal sites", which was completed in 2011.
Supported by the Australian Research Council
and industry, the project brought together a wide range of stakeholders including waste management operators represented by their peak industry body, the Waste Management Association of Australia, several leading environmental consultancies, all mainland state regulators, the CSIRO and five other universities. The government agencies have started to embrace the improved landfill cover design in their policies and regulations. The interdisciplinary nature of the program has provided research training opportunities for graduate students. Research findings have been conveyed to the public through a project web site and 12 peer-reviewed publications.
The Staff Engageme