Jessica Vandenberghe

Jessica Vandenberghe, '00 BSc(ChemEng), '03 MSc (Chem&MiningEng)

Student Transitions Committee Chair

Member at Large

Raised as a farm girl in northern Alberta, Jessica obtained two degrees from the University of Alberta - a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering Co-op with Computer Process Control specialization and a Masters degree in Chemical and Mining Engineering. Working for just under 10 years in the oil sands industry, Jessica gained valuable technical experience and an appreciation for patent research, mining and extraction processes, as well as project management. In 2012, she accepted the Director of Outreach and Product Services position at The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). She managed a team of people for the portfolios of K to 12 outreach, university outreach, diversity and inclusion, salary survey, member benefits, and the job board. In 2014, she was asked to move to the Regulatory side where she oversaw the staff and Statutory committees for the Compliance portfolio, the Permit to Practice portfolio, and the Disciplinary portfolio. In the Summer 2018, she felt a calling to work with Indigenous Communities and took a position as an Indigenous Community Consultant and Project Manager for Urban Systems, working primarily with First Nations and Metis Settlements. Recently she was asked to join the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering as an Industrial Professor - Indigenous Engineering, working primarily on a new program and project area called Engineering with Decency. 

As a mother of two, a long time youth STEM outreach volunteer, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) champion, she works to be a positive influence in and for the engineering profession.