Kristine Wichuk is the Senior R&D Engineer, Solid Waste at the EWMCE. She began her career as an electronics engineer, during which time she developed an interest in environmental issues and decided to change career paths, getting a B.Sc. in Environmental Physical Science and a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering. Kristine joined the EWMCE in 2014 after spending 5 years as a Research Associate for the solid waste engineering group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta.
As part of the EWMCE’s solid waste team, Kristine has worked on projects including: waste characterization, alternative bulking materials for composting, alternative uses for “waste” materials such as coffee pods, scrap tires, and process residuals, and environmental scans.
In addition to her engineering and research experience, Kristine also has a broad range of experience in different types of laboratories, including a biogeochemical (water analysis) laboratory, a systems biology laboratory, a blood bank laboratory, and a solid waste laboratory (where she managed the lab). Under her current portfolio she currently manages the EWMCE’s ISO 17025 compliant laboratory.
Kristine has authored or co-authored 13 peer-reviewed journal manuscripts and one book chapter in solid waste management and other environmental areas. She also helped to design the framework for a solid waste training program currently being developed by the EWMCE, and has provided course content for both solid waste and wastewater training courses.