Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT)
200 University Ave. W
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567
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.
She 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.
“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.”
Parks began her term as director of geological engineering, part of Waterloo's Civil and Environmental Engineering department, on March 1.