Dr. Monica Emelko

Dr. Monica Emelko, PhD.


Monica B. Emelko is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Waterloo, where she is also cross-appointed in the School of Planning.

Dr. Emelko is the Director of the Water Science and Technology Group at UWaterloo, where her research interests are concentrated on drinking water supply and treatment. She focuses on sustainable technology development and deployment, integrated resource management, climate change, and the protection of public health. Dr. Emelko’s research is currently funded by many organizations including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Canadian Water Network (CWN).

She is a member of the Southern Rockies Watershed Project team, which evaluates the initial effects of natural disturbance by wildfire on hydrology, water quality, and aquatic ecology; and monitors the recovery of these values in front range headwater streams of the high water yielding Oldman River basin in Alberta. Her ongoing work involves active participation from over 3 dozen utilities and conservation authorities across Canada and the United States. Currently, Dr. Emelko is acting as a technical advisor to federal and provincial/state agencies in Canada, the United States, and Australia regarding regulatory development related to drinking water treatment, source water protection, and integrated resource management.