Environmental Engineering

Department of Environmental Engineering

Kim D. Jones

Regents Professor & Director of Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (Retired)


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1997
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1994
  • M.S., Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas at Austin,1981
  • B.S., General Engineering, USMA, West Point, NY, 1974

Research Interests

Economics and planning of green infrastructure and ecological engineering; constructed wetlands for stormwater management and treatment; resilient coastal infrastructure and dune restoration; biological treatment for water and air emissions control; waste to energy systems – biofuels development; bioreactor landfills.

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Kappa Phi, Honor Society Faculty 2018
  • Regents Professor Award, Texas A&M University System 2017
  • Javelina Alumni Association Distinguished Researcher Award 2013
  • Professor of the Year, Environmental Engineering 2012
  • Stormont Lecturer, Victoria College honoree 2010
  • Faculty Lecture Award – Texas A&M University-Kingsville 2005
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, Georgia Institute of Technology 1993

Professional Experience

  • Regents Professor, TAMUK (Environmental Engineering), 2016-present
  • Professor and Chair, TAMUK (Environmental Engineering), 2009-2016
  • Associate Professor and Chair, TAMUK (Environmental Engineering), 2004-2009
  • Assistant Professor, TAMUK, 1999-2004
  • Consulting Engineer, Camp, Dresser & McKee Inc., Atlanta, GA, 1997 1999
  • Research Associate, School of Civil & Envir. Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 1992 1997
  • District Engineer, ARCO International, Inc., Jakarta, Indonesia, 1990 1992
  • Area Operations Engineer, ARCO Oil and Gas Company, Lafayette, LA, 1984 1990
  • Research Engineer, ARCO Production Research, Plano, TX, 1981 1983
  • Research Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 1979 1981
  • Captain, U.S. Army, Ft. Jackson, SC, Carlisle, PA, 1974 1979

Recent Journal Publications

  1. Mahmoud, Ahmed, Taufiqul Alam, Md Yeasir A. Rahman, Augusto Sanchez, Javier Guerrero, and Kim D. Jones. (2019) “Evaluation of Field-Scale Stormwater Bioretention Structure Flow and Pollutant Load Reductions in a Semi-Arid Coastal Climate.” Ecological Engineering: X 1 (June 1): 100007.
  2. Ajedegba, J., Choi, J., Jones, K. (2018) Analytical modeling of coastal dune erosion at South Padre Island: A consideration of the effects of vegetation roots and shear strength: Journal of Ecological Engineering, v127, 187-194.
  3. Ajedegba, J., Perotto, H., Jones, K. (2018) Coastal dune vegetation resilience at South Padre Island: A spatio-temporal evaluation of the landscape structure: Accepted for publication in the Journal of Coastal Research. Published online DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-18-00034.1
  4. Ibrahim, E., Jones, K., Taylor, K., Hosseney, E., Mills P. and Escudero, J. (2018) Recombinant E. coli Cellulases, β-Glucosidase, and Polygalacturonase Convert a Citrus Processing Waste into Biofuel Precursors, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering Journal, DOI: 10.1021
  5. Ibrahim, E., Jones, K., Taylor, K., Hosseney, E., Mills P. and Escudero, J. (2017) Molecular and Biochemical characterization of recombinant cel12B, cel8C and peh28 overexpressed in Escherichia coli and their potential in biofuel production, Biotechnology for Biofuels, 10:52.
  6. Khoramfar, S., Jones, K., Boswell, J., Ghobadi, J., Paca, J. (2017) Evaluation of a sequential biotrickling-biofiltration unit for removal of VOCs from the headspace of crude oil storage tanks, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, v93, 1778-1789.
  7. Halecky, M, Paca, J., Kozliak, E, Jones, K. (2016) Effect of loading types on performance characteristics of a trickle-bed bioreactor and biofilter during styrene/acetone vapor biofiltration, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, v0:0, 1-10.
  8. Ibrahim, E., Jones, K., Hosseney, E., and Escudero, J. (2015) Molecular Cloning and Expression of Cellulase and Polygalacturonase Genes in E. coli as a Promising Application for Biofuel Production. New Microbial Technologies for Advanced Biofuels. CJ Serrano-Ruiz ed., CRC Press. 237-262.
  9. Halecky, M., Rousova, J., Paca, J., Kozliak, E., Seames, W., Jones, K. (2015) Biofiltration of gasoline and diesel aliphatic hydrocarbons, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, v65, n2: 133-144.
  10. Zapotocky, L., Halecky, M., Vanek, T., Paca, J., Kozliak, E., Jones, K., Soccol, C. (2014) Biofiltration of a Styrene/Acetone Vapor Mixture in Two Reactor Types under Conditions of Styrene Overloading, Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology, v57, n5: 782-788, September-October.
  11. Rivas, R., Jones, K., Mills, P. (2013) A citrus waste based biorefinery as a source of renewable energy: technical advances and analysis of engineering challenges, Waste Management & Research, v3:4, 413-420.
  12. Ibrahim, E., Jones, K., Hosseny, E., Escudero, J. (2013) Molecular cloning and expression of cellulase and polygalacturonase genes in E. coli as a promising application for biofuel production, Journal of Petroleum and Environmental Biotechnology, 4:147, doi: 10.4172/2157-7463.1000147.
  13. Pan, X., Zhang, J., Jones, K. (2013) Simulation of storm event flow for a pilot runoff treatment wetland, Ecological Engineering, v53, 284-289.
  14. Pan, X., Zhang, J., Fang, W., Jones, K. (2012) Dynamic behavior of stormwater quality parameters in South Texas, Frontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering, v6:6, 825-830.

Professional Affiliations

  • South Texas Section, Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration
  • Member, Water Environmental Federation and Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA)

Professional Registration

  • Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia (#22982) and in the State of Texas (#114997)


Kim D. Jones