Dr. Etmannski came to UBC in 2014 after completing her PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation included reverse-engineering off-grid, arsenic-removal water treatment systems located in rural India. She focused on using user-centered design principles and various sustainability metrics including LCA and PAM methodologies. Dr. Etmannski holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Calgary, a BA in International Relations with a minor in Economics, and a BSc Honours in Applied and Environmental Geology (which is akin to our Geologic Engineering program). She is a Professional Engineer (PEng) through EGBC and APEGA. At UBC she is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Civil Engineering. Her area of focus is on teaching and educational leadership activities related to ‘engineering impacts’ including topics like: sustainability, engineering leadership, entrepreneurship, life-long learning, ethics, and professionalism.
Dr. Etmannski is also the Academic Director of the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) programs and is the Co-Director of the Joint UBC/UNBC undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering.
Dr. Etmannski does not accept graduate students, nor does she run a research group. As such, emails requesting information about research opportunities will go unanswered.
Civil Engineering Impacts
The social and biophysical context of infrastructure and the impact of civil engineering on people, the economy, and the environment. Specific topics vary from year to year.
Entrepreneurial Thinking for Applied Scientists
Issues and case studies in creating and running ventures, with a particular emphasis on exploring applied science projects through a new venture lens, strategic planning, finance and risk.