About DOE Fellow
Ms. Christine Wipfli is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering at Florida International University (FIU). Her expected graduation date is December of 2016. Christine received her first bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She joined the Department of Energy’s Science and Technology Workforce Development Program at FIU in November of 2014. Christine was awarded a one year internship at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. There she will be working as a technical document editor and website contributor in the agency’s Division of Nuclear Fuel & Waste Technology
Prior to becoming a DOE Fellow, Christine worked for two years at a civil and environmental engineering consulting company gaining experience by performing environmental compliance audits, reviewing site assessment and quarterly reports, managing data from on-site monitoring equipment, submitting County permits, and assisting in the due diligence process for Phase I and Phase II reports. Christine has also gained experience working for a Fortune Global 500 Company as an engineering assistant to the North American Vice President of Solid Waste. In 2014 Christine participated in a fellowship program, organized under the National Research Council, by publishing a research paper and travelling to a conference in Washington D.C to present her findings to Transportation Research Board members.
DOE Related Work
In FIU’s Science and Technology Workforce Development Program, Christine is working under the guidance of Dr. Yelena Katsenovich and Dr. Vasileios Anagnostopoulos. Her current project is based off of the Savannah River Site and deals with novel approaches for the abatement of uranium levels in groundwater. In a series of procedures Christine will aim to meet the objectives of the experiment which are to evaluate the potential use of silicates for uranium removal from the aqueous phase, as well as the restoration of the treatment zones’ pH.
Christine plans to continue her education with a master’s degree in engineering management upon graduation.