Kathleen Smits

Department Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Solomon Professor for Global Development
Senior Fellow, Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity

Professional Website

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Phone: 214-768-6154
Email: ksmits@smu.edu
Professional website: https://people.smu.edu/ksmits/

Educational Background

B.S. Environmental Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, 1999;
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2000;
Ph.D. Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2010


Developing solutions to water and energy issues informed by both scientific understanding and community values. Current research focuses on energy and the environment with applications to greenhouse gas emissions, the clean up of contaminated soils and waterways, and the storage of renewable energy. Much of her research looks toward the development of tools and models to better understand such systems.