Dr. Jones has served as the Dean of the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering at the University of Portland since 2011. During that time, both the undergraduate enrollment and the faculty size have grown approximately 30% while there have been significant increases in gender and racial diversity, as well as retention. The School also added one of the only professional masters programs in biomedical engineering in the northwest and expanded various co-curricular programs that provide students with international and entrepreneurial experiences.
Dr. Jones’ teaching interests include engineering policy, environmental engineering, engineering design, and geographical information systems. Her research interests focus on applying decision-making methods to evaluate sustainability policies with emphases on infrastructure and particular industrial sectors. Dr. Jones has also completed projects related to engineering ethics, diversity in the engineering profession, and opportunities to bridge engineering and the liberal arts. Over a 20-year academic career she has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations, and has received almost $4 million in external funding.
Dr. Jones has served on several national boards in the environmental engineering arena and is actively involved with engineering accreditation issues. She received the Professional Engineers in Higher Education and Sustaining University Program's Engineering Education Excellence Award in 2007 from the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Indian Health Service’s Tribal/Urban Recognition Award in 2003. She has also served as a Fulbright Scholar and received two Clare Boothe Luce awards.
Dr. Jones is a licensed civil engineer and a board certified environmental engineer with an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, a masters degree from the University of Florida, and a doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She also completed a masters of public administration. Prior to academia, she worked for a large metropolitan city and a global consulting firm.