Faculty & Staff


Co-Director, UBC
Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building (CEME), Room 2020

Dr. Etmannski came to UBC in 2014 after completing her PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation included reverse-engineering off-grid, arsenic-removal water treatment systems located in rural India, using user-centered design principles and various sustainability metrics including LCA and PAM methodologies. Dr. Etmannski holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Calgary, a BA in International Relations with a minor in Economics and a BSc Honours in Applied and Environmental Geology (which is akin to our Geologic Engineering program). At UBC she is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Civil Engineering. Her area of focus is on teaching and educational leadership activities related to ‘engineering impacts’ including topics like: sustainability, engineering leadership, entrepreneurship, life-long learning, ethics, and professionalism.

Dr. Etmannski does not accept graduate students, nor does she run a research group. As such, please do not email requesting information about research opportunities, as there are none.


Acting Co-Director, UNBC

Maik Gehloff is a Senior Lab Instructor in the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program right here at UNBC. He is also the founder and owner of Gehloff Consulting Inc. Since he was a young boy trying to design and build the perfect tree house, Maik has always been a passionate learner. This has propelled him to maintain a deep interest in keeping his education and professional development up to date with current industry standards. He began his education by earning a Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree in Wood Science and Technology, specializing in timber engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Eberswalde, Germany. He continued his studies once in Canada through earning a MASc. in Timber Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. Maik has presented and participated in a variety of conferences and trade shows all over the world and is always happy to share his knowledge and experience with others. Maik is also a member of the Timber Framers Guild of North America as well as the Timber Frame Engineering Council.

Associate Professor, UNBC

Dr. Helle’s research interests and expertise are in waste and wastewater treatment (biological, physical and chemical), production of renewable fuels and chemicals, fermentation modeling and optimization, and bioprocess engineering.

Professor, UNBC
LAB8 408

Dr. Li’s research interests and expertise are in mode​ling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport in porous media groundwater hydrology, soil and groundwater remediation, coupled simulation and optimization for environmental management, uncertainty modeling of environmental pollution control systems, water resources management, and environmental risk assessment.


Professor, UNBC
LAB8 415

Dr. Sui’s research interests are in water resources and environmental engineering. He has expertise in cold region hydraulics and hydrology (river ice hydraulics and snow hydrology) and fluvial hydraulics.


Professor, UNBC
TAL 10-2544

Dr. Thring’s research interests and expertise are in chemicals, fuels, and biosolids from natural resources, reaction engineering principles and catalysis applied to pulp and paper, polymer, oil and gas processes, plastics and rubber characterization and processing, and environmental engineering (soil remediation, green house gases control, waste & wastewater treatment).




Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building (CEME), Room 2004A
7-726, Student Services Street (between Cashier & Office of the Registrar)
Administrative Coordinator, UNBC (Interim)
LAB8 441