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Dr. Rachel Wagner

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    Position: Assistant Professor of Engineering

    Department: Engineering, Environmental Engineering

    Office: Science Center 014

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    About Dr. Rachel Wagner


    • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
    • M.S., Virginia Tech University
    • B.S., Virginia Tech University


    Dr. Rachel Wagner joins the environmental engineering department at Saint Francis University from The Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Penn State in 2012. She received her B.S. in biology and M.S. in biological systems engineering from Virginia Tech.

    Dr. Wagner's research interests are in waste management solutions. Her primary research is in bioelectrochemical systems, including microbial fuel cells, which convert waste organic matter to electricity through the metabolic process of microorganisms. She enjoys teaching and mentoring through research and outreach. She has worked with high school and undergraduate students in the laboratory at Penn State, in addition to organizing workshops and conferences for science and engineering instruction and collaboration.

    Dr. Wagner served in the Peace Corps in Belize from 2004-2006 with her husband Aaron. She has been a Girl Scout leader, as well as a founding member of the Penn State environmental engineering "green team." She has two young children.