About Us

The Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (ISEE) & the department of Environmental Engineering researchers, faculty and students conduct interdisciplinary applied research projects to provide the basis for environmental design, planning and sound policy making on environmental issues relevant to South Texas.

Conferences, short courses and workshops are held on a regular basis dealing with issues relevant to the South Texas population. Representation on conference and outreach activities extends beyond the border to include organizations in Mexico. Public environmental education materials specific to South Texas demographics and regional environmental issues are developed and disseminated through partnerships established with educational programs and regional environmental conferences.

Associated academic programs at Texas A&M University – Kingsville provide M.S. and Ph.D. candidate and faculty resources to the Institute and its component programs.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Kim Jones
Environmental Engineering & ISEE
Regents Professor and Director of ISEE
  • Natural Systems engineering applications for solid and hazardous waste treatment

  • Environmental biotechnologies for air and water treatment
  • Low Impact Development research and modeling
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Vapor phase biofiltration for air toxics
  • Water reuse applications
  • Fate and transport of contaminants in subsurface systems
  • Solid and hazardous waste management

Dr.  Lee Clapp
Environmental Engineering
Professor and Department Chair
  • Use of gas-permeable membranes in biological treatment processes
  • Aerobic and anaerobic bioremediation of soils and groundwaters contaminated with chlorinated solvents
  • Optimization of biofilm treatment processes
  • Contaminant fate and transport modeling

Dr. Lucy Camacho
Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor
  • Water Desalination
  • Membrane distillation
  • Electrodialysis metathesis, and other innovative technologies for water purification applications
  • Novel adsorbent materials
  • Graphene oxide and graphene membranes
  • Sustainable wastewater reuse and wastewater subproducts

Dr. Jianhong Jennifer Ren
Environmental Engineering
  • Contaminant Fate and Transport
  • Sediment Transport
  • River system restoration and contaminant dynamics in streams
  • Sediment beds and estuaries
  • Physicochemical particle-particle and particle-contaminant interactions.

Dr. Tushar Sinha
Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor
  • Freshwater sustainability
  • Land surface hydrology
  • Surface water-groundwater interactions
  • Streamflow and soil moisture forecasting
  • GIS engineering applications

Dr. David Ramirez
Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor
  • Air quality control technology
  • Capture and recovery of organic vapors emitted from industrial sources using carbon based adsorbents
  • Sustainable technology for pollution prevention and green manufacturing
  • Atnasphenic transformation of engineered nanomaterials
  • Manufacture of carbon based adsorbents
  • Nanoparticle adsorption.

Dr. Omar M. Al-Qudah
Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor
  • Water Resources, Hydrology/Hydrogeology as it relates to the environment; Environmental remediation; Hazardous waste treatment, management, and disposal technology.


Dr. Stephan J. Nix
Environmental Engineering
  • Water resources, watershed modeling, environmental resources management and resource economics

Dr. Kuo-Jen (KJ) Liao
Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor
  • Remote sensing and regional air quality modeling
  • Development of optimal air quality management strategies
  • Impacts of climate change on ozone and fine particulate matter formation
  • Impacts of shale gas development on regional air quality and air pollution-related human health
Dr. Thomas J. Lynn
Environmental Engineering
Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Stormwater Management
  • Low Impact Development Technology – Fate and transport of constituents through hydraulic, biological and dispersive processes.
  • Water quality, hydro-logic and hydraulic modeling.
Dr. Saritha Karnae
Research Scientist
Environmental Engineering & ISEE

Dr. Yaneth Gamboa
Environmental Engineering & ISEE
Laboratory Manager
Dan Clancy
Environmental Engineering & ISEE
Lab Technician III
Denise Hornsby
Environmental Engineering & ISEE

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