Kirby, Jason, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Hoehn Engineering Building
1075 13th Street South

Birmingham, AL
(205) 934-8479
(205) 934-9855

Miscellaneous Information


PhD, Civil Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2004

MS, Environmental Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2003

BS, Environmental Science, Auburn University, 1999



CE 200-Engineering Geology

CE 236-Introduction to Environmental Engineering

CE 236L-Introduction to Environmental Engineering Laboratory

CE 337-Hydraulics

CE 410/499L-Fundamentals of Engineering “FE” Review

CE 430/530-Water Supply and Drainage Design

CE 433/533*-Solid and Hazardous Waste Management

CE 534*-Air Quality Monitoring and Modeling

CE 600**-Sustainable Construction

CE 608**-Green Building Design

CE 674***-Green Building Design and Sustainable Construction
Method of Course Presentation: * ITTS (UAB/UAH/UA); **Study Away (Egypt); *** Online/Blended

RESEARCH Dr. Kirby is currently focusing his research efforts into the development of "New Green/Sustainable Building Materials." Active/ongoing projects are examining innovative composite materials, non-traditional construction systems, energy efficient technologies, Greenroof installations and the comprehensive design of affordable, energy efficient residential housing which exhibits superior indoor air quality.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (2008-2010) Kirby, J.T. Ensuring Sustainability in Engineering and Architectural Design; NSF Conference and Workshop, Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC); Cairo, Egypt. March 2009.

Clark, S.E., K.A. Steele, J. Hafera, C. Siu, M. Lalor, R. Pitt, and J.T. Kirby. (2008) Roofing materials’ contributions to stormwater runoff pollution. ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Vol. 134 (5), pp. 638-45.

Johnson, P., P. Girinathannair, K. Ohilinger, S. Ritchie, L. Teuber and J. Kirby. (2008) Enhanced Removal of Heavy Metals in Primary Treatment Using Coagulation and Flocculation. Water Environment Research Vol. 80. RESEARCH FUNDING (2008-2010) Experimental Investigation of Runoff Mitigation from Vegetated Roofs; Alabama Water Resources Research Institute (AWRRI); $25,000; Principal Investigator. ~Awarded March 2010.

Environmental Assessment of Xella AAC Products; Xella; $103,852; Principal Investigator. ~Awarded May 2009.


Birmingham Aerosol Research and Inhalation Epidemiology Study (BARIES); Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); $335,525; Co-Investigator. ~Awarded November 2009. SERVICE (current)< Professional Service Dr. Kirby is a reviewer for two national and one regional research grant yielding organizations; with combined annual disbursements of over $1,000,000. Furthermore, he serves as a peer reviewer for three journal publications and a civil engineering book publisher. In 2009, Dr. Kirby was on the organizing committee for an international National Science Foundation (NSF) conference held in Cairo, Egypt. He has also severed as an advisory board member for several state environmental organizations. Dr. Kirby is heavy involved in his respective professional association, American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), and has served as the UAB ASCE student chapter’s faculty advisor since 2005. In this role, Dr. Kirby helps in the organization’s fundraising efforts and regularly solicits guest speakers that reinforce engineering fundamentals, the importance of professional licensure and the value of professional ethics. He encourages students to volunteer in community outreach, and has led the regional competition team to win several awards for UAB. Through Dr. Kirby’s leadership and guidance, he has been able to captivate student interest and continues to promote the field of Civil Engineering. Community Service Dr. Kirby has given his time to a number of local environmental and engineering related organizations. However, in conjunction with his role as faculty advisor to UAB ASCE, he engages UAB students in bi-annual public service projects. Examples of these efforts include can drives for local shelters, fundraising to support Children’s Hospital, rehabilitation of Spain Park High School athletic facilities, and most recently coordinated an animal habitat construction for the Birmingham Public Zoo. In 2009, Dr. Kirby was approached by a local family that had been the victim of flooding. He and his undergraduate class (CE 430) prepared physical and mathematical models of the hydraulic / hydrologic conditions which were ultimately utilized as evidence in the family’s lawsuit. This provided a unique education opportunity which provided students a chance to use their skills and actually see how engineering can impact (positively and negatively) individuals. Additional lessons in engineering ethics, legal liability and professional practice were imparted.