Dr. Jones has served as the Dean of the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering at the University of Portland since 2011. Prior to that she spent nine years at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, first as a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering as well as the Chair of the Engineering Studies Program, and then as the Director of the Engineering Division. She started her academic career at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana. Dr. Jones holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, a masters degree from the University of Florida, and a doctorate degree in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She also completed a masters of public administration.
Dr. Jones is a licensed professional civil engineer and a board certified environmental engineer. Prior to academia, she worked for a large metropolitan city and a global consulting firm. For several years, she was also the joint owner of a small consulting firm. Her 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, developing economies, 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 career she has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations, and has received approximately $3.8 million in external funding as PI, or co‐PI. 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.