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. 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. Min Zhong
Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor
  • atmospheric aerosols, and how these aerosols impact air quality, climate, and human health.
  • To accomplish her research goals, she integrates laboratory experiments, ambient monitoring, satellite based
    remote sensing, and a suite of modeling tools.
Dr. Yaoxing Wu
Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor
  • Air pollution control
  • Air quality modeling
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Environmental exposure assessment
Dr. Juan Cesar Bezares-Cruz
Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor
  • Environmental fate and transport of micro pollutants in engineered and natural systems
  • Enhancement of advanced oxidation processes for sustainable water production
  • Interaction of bacteria with estrogenic chemicals in granular suspended matter
Dr. Saritha Karnae
Research Scientist
Environmental Engineering & ISEE

Dr. Yaneth Gamboa
Environmental Engineering & ISEE
Laboratory Manager

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