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Rob McLean

Rob McLean


Associate Faculty


Environment and Sustainability


Rob McLean is a water resources engineer working in the fields of ground and surface water hydrology. He provides consulting services through his company Artifex Engineering Hydrology (AEH) based in Victoria. His research interests include the subsurface characterization of fractured rock and unconsolidated material as well as the modeling of water movement through the hydrologic cycle. His work focus is on the mitigation of natural resource extraction projects and the management of water resources in general. McLean lives in Esquimalt with his wife (also a hydrologist) and two boys. He has taught at Royal Roads since 2009.


Before starting his company, McLean was a senior hydrogeologist for a mining company in the Northwest Territories. Prior to this he worked for consulting firms in Australia, Colorado and Winnipeg. He has had the opportunity of working on various mining projects in Australia, Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. While completing both his undergraduate and graduate degrees, McLean was also a teaching assistant for various hydrology and soils courses. McLean’s graduate research was in the field of low flow hydrology and his courses included ground and surface water hydrology, river engineering and statistics.


McLean received his bachelor degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Manitoba and a master of science in civil engineering from Queen’s University. McLean has certificates in ground water modeling from UNESCO-IHE, in the Netherlands, and geostatistics from Mines ParisTech in France. He is registered as a professional engineer in several Canadian provinces and US states.