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Jessica Kaminsky

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Associate Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering


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