I am an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Washington. A scholar of engineering projects and organizations, I conduct research on infrastructure for developing communities with a particular interest in topics of social sustainability. While I am particularly interested in the global south, I am also interested in any context that is experiencing significant change in basic civil infrastructure (or, is developing). The practical goal of my research is to make basic civil infrastructure better serve all the world’s people by enabling increased human capabilities.
Prior to entering academia, I spent 6 years working internationally for one of the world’s largest engineering firms. Other than my work, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing the banjo, and bad science fiction.
- Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2013
- B.S. in Civil Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX, 2004
ASCE construction engineering award
For associate professor Jessica Kaminsky, construction engineering is about more than building infrastructure — it’s also about building equity throughout the world.
Levitt Young Scholar Award
There’s a first time for everything, including an award. Assistant professor Jessica Kaminsky is the inaugural recipient of the Engineering Project Organization Society’s Levitt Young Scholar Award.
USA Today op-ed on migrant care
In light of the recent crisis at the border, CEE assistant professor Jessica Kaminsky urges disaster response teams to help migrant children.