Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Kuo-Jen "KJ" Liao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae


- Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008
- M.S., Environmental Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 2002
- B.S., Earth Sciences, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan, 2000

Research Interests

- Air quality modeling and remote sensing for sustainable shale oil and gas development
- Development of optimal air quality management strategies - OPtimization of Emission Reduction Alternatives (OPERA)  (Scripts 1, 2 and 3 for the OPERA Model)
- Impacts of climate change on ozone and fine particulate matter formation

Professional Experience

- Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, TAMUK, 2010 - current

Honors and Awards

- Selected for attending the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Summer Policy Colloquium (with financial support from NSF), 2013
- AT&T Technology and Environmental Award (one of three winners nationally), 2011
- Best Ph.D. Thesis Award – School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
- American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) Travel Grant, 2007
- Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Georgia Chapter Scholarship, 2006

Sample Publications (*student)

- K.J. Liao and X. Hou*, Optimization of Multipollutant Air Quality Management Strategies: a Case Study for Five Cities in the United States, 2015, Journal of Air & Waste Management Association, 65(6):732–742
- X. Hou*, M.J. Strickland and K.J. Liao, Contributions of Interstate Transport of Air Pollutants to Air Pollution-related Mortality in the Mid-Atlantic U.S., 2015, Environmental Research, 137, 475–484
- K.J. Liao, X. Hou* and D. Baker, Attributing Ozone Air Quality Nonattainment to Interstate Transport of Pollutants for the Mid-Atlantic Region, 2014, Atmospheric Environment, 84, 100-112
- K.J. Liao, P. Amar, E. Tagaris and A.G. Russell, Development of Risk-based Regional Air Quality Management Strategies under Impacts of Climate Change, 2012, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 62(5):557–565.
- K.J. Liao, E. Tagaris, K. Manomaiphiboon, J,-H. Woo, S. He, P. Amar and A.G. Russell, Quantification of Impact of Climate Uncertainty on Regional Air Quality, 2009, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics,  9, 865-878
- E. Tagaris, K.J. Liao, A.J. DeLucia, L. Deck, A.G. Russell, Potential Impact of Climate Change on Air Pollution-related Human Health, 2009, Environmental Science & Technology, 43, 4979-4988
- K.J. Liao, E. Tagaris, K. Manomaiphiboon, S. L. Napolenok, J-H. Woo, S. He, P. Amar and A.G. Russell, Current and Future Linked Responses of Ozone and PM2.5 to Emissions Controls, 2008,  Environmental Science & Technology, 42, 4670-4675
- K.J. Liao, E. Tagaris, K. Manomaiphiboon, S. L. Napolenok, J.-H. Woo, S. He, P. Amar and A.G. Russell, Sensitivity of Ozone and Fine Particulate Matter Formation to Emissions under the Impact of Potential Future Climate Change, 2007, Environmental Science & Technology, 41, 8355–8361
- E. Tagaris, K. Manomaiphiboon, K.J. Liao, L-Y. Leung, J.-H. Woo, S.  He, P. Amar and A.G. Russell, Impacts of Global Climate Change and Emissions on Regional Ozone and Fine Particulate Matter Concentrations over the United States, 2007, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmosphere, VOL. 112

Manuscripts in Preparation

- C. Chang*, E. Faust*, X. Hou*, P. Lee, H. Kim and K.J. Liao, Investigating Ambient Ozone Formation Regimes in Neighboring Cities of Shale Plays in Northeast U.S. and Texas from 2007-2013
- C. Chang*, P. Lee, H. Kim, F.Y. Cheng, B.C. Hedquist and K.J. Liao, Potential Impacts of Shale Oil and Gas Development on Ozone Air Quality in South Texas Urban Areas
- X. Hou* and K.J. Liao, An Analytical Approach for Quantifying Uncertainties in Modeling Regional Air Quality

Professional Affiliations

- Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Meteorological Society (AMS) and Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA)

Contact Information

Department of Environmental Engineering
Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering, EC 373
MSC 213, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593-3898
fax: (361) 593-2069
email: kuo-jen.liao@tamuk.edu
Personal Website:

This page was last updated on: October 13, 2015