Kathleen Smits, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Smits Research Group - About

Kate Smits, Ph.D, P.E.

Kathleen (Kate) Smits' research group focuses on advancing the knowledge of shallow subsurface multiphase process affected by heat and mass flux dynamics at the land/atmospheric interfaces at a wide range of physical scales. The basic aim of Kate&s research is to combine theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches to address hydrological processes occurring near the earth's surface. Her main focus is performing detailed and highly controlled experiments at various scales that she then uses to develop and test theory and numerical multiphase models of flow and transport alike. The motivation of her research is to provide answers to questions of importance to many current geoenvironmental problems to include the transport modeling of pollutants like volatile organic compounds migrating into the vadose zone of soils, understanding the environments in which landmines and unexploded ordinances are placed, water resource management in dry land.


  • Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering
    Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
    Colorado School of Mines
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering - Water Resources Focus
    University of Texas, Austin
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
    United States Air Force Academy

Selected Publications