Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering
Office: Killgore Research Center, 113
Dr. Howell joined the School of Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics in 2013. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with High Honors in 2004 from the University of Texas at Austin. He practiced for two years in environmental consulting related to groundwater pollution and environmental litigation before returning to graduate school. He earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering in 2012 from the University of Houston where his research was primarily focused on measuring and modeling the environmental, sediment-mediated fate-and-transport of persistent organic pollutants in urban storm water and estuaries.
Teaching and Related Service
Dr. Howell teaches primarily environmental and civil engineering courses, especially those that relate to environmental chemistry, modeling, statistics; and geographic information systems (GIS). He looks forward to the continued evolution of the undergraduate program in environmental engineering including the exposure of all WTAMU engineers to environmental topics and through the development of relevant and high quality teaching laboratories.
Dr. Howell is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Environmental Chemistry (ENVR) division, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), and the American Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).
Research and Creative Activity
Dr. Howell currently performs research in persistent organic pollutant fate-and-transport in surface water and sediment through environmental modeling in collaboration with other experts in sediment transport and environmental sampling. He is also interested in applying water quality and modeling expertise to understand the possible value and use of deep groundwater to alleviate water stress in arid and semi-arid environs.
Dr. Howell was born in Amarillo, Texas but spent most of his formative years in Frisco, Texas. Having been an active Boy Scout, he continues to expose himself to the natural world (at the slow pace of backpacking) to which environmental engineering has taught him how to assess. He is married to Zelda, an immigration attorney; has two young and rambunctious children; and one day he aspires to both play the piano and be more than just an armchair historian (once he gets some free time).