Dr. Kristina Wagstrom is a chemical engineer with a background in atmospheric chemistry originally from central Texas.

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.

Kristina is currently on leave from a faculty position at the University of Connecticut in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department to pursue an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship in Washington D.C.  During her fellowship she is hosted by the National Center for Environmental Research within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development.  In September 2013 she will join the faculty at the University of Connecticut fulltime where she will continue her research in using modeling over multiple scales to better our understanding of atmospheric chemistry and the health and climate impacts of air pollution. 

In her spare time she enjoys playing the flute, STEM outreach, scuba diving, and travel.