Dr. Kristina Wagstrom is a chemical engineer with a specialization in atmospheric chemistry originally from central Texas. In September 2013, she joined the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut as the Northeast Utilities Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering Education.
Kristina spent September 2012 – August 2013 as a American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow in Washington D.C. During her fellowship she was hosted by the National Center for Environmental Research within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development.
In 2004, she obtained her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. In 2009, she obtained her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her thesis focused on approaches for modeling source contributions to atmospheric particulate matter concentrations. During her postdoctoral position at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she studied the potential air quality implications associated with using biofuels in place of conventional gasoline.
In her spare time she enjoys playing the flute, STEM outreach, scuba diving, and travel.