School of Engineering


Dr Elena Friedrich

Senior Lecturer

Dr Elena Friedrich is one of the first researchers in South Africa to conduct environmental life cycle assessments (LCA) on water and waste management systems. She holds an MScEng in Chemical Engineering and has completed her PhD in Civil Engineering on greenhouse gas emissions from the management of waste. 
Another strong research interest of hers is in the area of infrastructure and associated environmental impacts, including carbon and water footprints. As a lecturer, she has had an experience of 14 years, having thought and developed courses on different aspects of environmental management and engineering.

Research interests

  • Environmental life cycle assessments.
  • Carbon and water footprints.
  • Infrastructure and associated environmental impacts 

Research profiles