March 2010


Dr. Pascale Champagne, Ph.D., P.Eng., D.WRE is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and cross-appointed to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Champagne is a leading researcher in environmental engineering, where currently she is developing a process to extract useable organic materials from waste biomass, such as livestock manure and forestry residue, and convert them into valuable chemicals and sources of energy, like biofuel.

Dr. Champagne has won numerous research awards such as Early Researcher Award in 2007, which is awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation to attract and retain and the best and brightest research talent in high-priority economic research sectors; Russell Ackoff Award in 2005 for Best Paper Award by the International Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management for the best paper; and Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award in 2002 for being recognized as an outstanding young faculty researcher whose academic work is particularly innovative, enhances the learning environment in the department in which they study and has the potential to be significant to society.

Pascale earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering and Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and she is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), International Water Association (IWA), Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Dr. Champagne has been an AAWRE Diplomate since September 2008 and in this interview, Pascale shares on her career path, her upbringing in Canada, early research and projects, love of teaching, and her advice to future leaders.