Langping Wu is putting her academic background into action

After completing a bachelor's, master’s, PhD, and postdoc program, Langping always thought she’d pursue a career in academia. When Ecometrix reached out about hiring an environmental scientist, that all changed.

Langping’s journey through the world of academia is an impressive one. It started with a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering in China.

Langping Wu, Environmental Scientist Langping Wu, Environmental Scientist

While there, she completed an internship but found working environments like solid waste treatment factories and wastewater treatment facilities didn’t feel as fulfilling as they should. So, when she started her master’s, she decided to change direction and pursue environmental science instead.

It was during this time that Langping acquired a scholarship for a one-year exchange program in Slovenia, where she started to explore environmental chemistry, particularly around the investigation of transformation mechanisms of organic contaminants using the novel compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA) approach.

After her master’s, she went on to complete a PhD in Germany before coming to Canada to complete a postdoc research project at the University of Toronto.

While impressive, spending so much time in academia left Langping feeling restless. “I’d spent so much time on research because I thought that was my career and that’s it."

I had the impression an industry job meant you have to make profit for a company or work to finish a task, but that’s not the way with Ecometrix.
Langping Wu in the lab. Langping in the lab.

That was until Ecometrix reached out. “I had the impression an industry job meant you have to make profit for a company or work to finish a task, but that’s not the way with Ecometrix,” she says. “We’re really encouraged to be creative and play to our strengths, what skills we have, and our backgrounds. I’m not just in the lab, either. I can apply it all in the field.”

She also shares that it’s the people at Ecometrix that make it so special. “They’re all professionals and experts in their field,” she says. “I’m trying to push a new service with my techniques, but I’m also learning how to do environmental risk assessment and other skills from other people. They’re very supportive.”

With a marked period in academia, she has over 25 published papers and still remains productive by co-supervising PhD students as side projects.

At the time of writing, her analytical method paper about how to measure hydrogen isotopes at lower concentrations has just been accepted for publication. “It’s more of a data treatment approach,” she says. “It’s a straightforward study but I feel it’s a much-needed method people should know about.”

When asked about what she hopes for the future, Langping shows no signs of slowing down. As well as developing her specialism at Ecometrix to shape the services offered to current and future clients, she wants to continue expanding her knowledge of environmental risk assessment from the team around her.

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