APSC grad honoured by Environmental Managers Association of BC
A UBC Engineering graduate has received the Emerging Environmental Professional Award from the Environmental Managers Association of BC.
Alice Kruchten, who accepted the award at a gala at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club earlier this month, was recognized for her “professional achievement, innovation, experience and leadership, along with community involvement.”
After graduating from UBC with a BASc in civil engineering in 2011, Kruchten joined Keystone Environmental, a local environmental consulting company where she had previously worked two summer co-op terms. As her responsibilities there grew — in addition to providing technical expertise for increasingly complex analytical and engineering projects, she began to manage and coordinate projects of her own — Kruchten felt as though she needed to hone her business and management skills.
So in 2016 she took a one-year leave of absence and enrolled in UBC’s Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) program in Integrated Water Management, which covered a broad range of topics that were directly relevant to her work: not only technical subjects like biological wastewater treatment and engineering design, but also strategy and innovation, project management and client interaction.
“The MEL program gave me the skills and confidence to pursue more leadership roles and opportunities,” says Kruchten. “I also made lasting connections with my classmates — bright people from varied backgrounds who will go on to be engineering leaders in their fields.”
Aside from her work and studies, Kruchten has volunteered with the UBC chapter of Engineers Without Borders Canada and the Tetra Society of North America, a Vancouver-based non-profit that builds customized assistive devices for people with physical disabilities. In 2012, the Tetra Society awarded Kruchten their Sam Sullivan Award for her design/build of a wheelchair-accessible crib.
The Environmental Managers Association is a non-profit organization that aims to “encourage education, share knowledge among members and create a forum for environmental management issues. More information about the EMA Awards Gala may be found at http://www.emaofbc.com/2017/06/2017-ema-of-bc-awards-gala-summary.