Geological engineering appoints its first woman director

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Jen Parks (Earth and Environmental Sciences) has become the first woman to lead Waterloo’s Geological Engineering since the program was launched almost 40 years ago.

Parks (BSc ’00 and PhD ‘10, Geological and Earth Sciences) holds a limited engineering license as of 2016.

Jen ParksShe also continues to work as an undergraduate instructor and academic advisor for the Earth and Environmental Sciences department. She teaches courses in the areas of mineralogy, petrology and field mapping, all subjects that are part of the core geological engineering curriculum.

In her new role, Parks plans to solidify Geological Engineering as a unique program within Engineering.

“My goal is to increase awareness of what geological engineering is, particularly with high school students,” she says.  “I also want to increase our ability to attract top-tier students to the program.”

Jen Parks is the first woman director of Waterloo's Geological Engineering program.

She will also focus on increasing community connections within geological engineering between the Faculties of Engineering and Science, students and professors, and students and alumni.

Parks began her term as director of geological engineering, part of Waterloo's Civil and Environmental Engineering department, on March 1. 

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