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K-State Today

September 3, 2021

Jones honored with endowed recognition in civil engineering

Submitted by Grant Guggisberg

Christopher Jones, associate professor in civil engineering

Christopher Jones, associate professor of civil engineering and Wallis-Lage family cornerstone teaching scholar, has been appointed the Thomas and Connie Paulson civil engineering outstanding faculty member at Kansas State University.

The two-year appointment designates Jones as a highly regarded K-State educator and researcher and carries annual funding to support assistants, travel, equipment or other expenses related to the endowed position.

Jones earned his doctorate, master's and bachelor's degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M University, where he measured and modeled fundamental material properties of calcium silicate hydrate — the major component of hardened Portland cement. He came to K-State as associate professor in 2017 after working in a government research and development lab for six years following his doctoral program.

Jones' current research interest areas include mechanics and materials, computational structural mechanics, and uncertainty quantification, in addition to Portland cement concrete. In addition to his research, Jones has a strong passion for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The award is created through funds to honor Thomas and Connie Paulson on the K-State campus and to recruit and retain the highest quality faculty in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering. Both Kansas State University alumni, Thomas Paulson is a 1973 graduate in civil engineering. His wife, Connie, is a 1973 graduate in arts and sciences.