Texas A&M University – Kingsville is now home to its fifteenth Regents Professor: Dr. Kim Jones.
Dr. Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in general engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, and then went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1974-1979, where he attained the rank of Captain.
After serving his country, he then shifted his focus back to academics, by earning a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas, and concluded his time as a student by earning a master’s and doctoral degree in environmental engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Jones was one of eleven faculty members within the A&M system recognized for this award. Though the spotlight has been placed on Dr. Jones to honor him for his achievements, he insists on sharing the stage with his colleagues and students: “This is a nice acknowledgment and recognition by the A&M system for academic excellence and achievement at [Texas] A&M – Kingsville…[it’s] a chance for the system to weigh in and acknowledge some of the good things going on [here],” said Dr. Jones.
In addition to the support of faculty members and students, Dr. Jones expressed his gratitude to the TAMUK Environmental Engineering Ph.D. program, saying, “A lot of my successes are linked to those [Ph.D.] student’s accomplishments. I wouldn’t have got the award if we didn’t have support to that program.”
With just under seventeen years of experience as a faculty member, Dr. Jones has been heavily involved in the success of TAMUK’s highly respected Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, where he has served as a professor and director.
Dr. Jones is no stranger to prestigious awards in the field of engineering. During his professional career, he has won multiple awards for his academic achievement, including being nominated Professor of the Year for environmental engineering in 2012 by the Javelina Alumni Association.