Kerry Howe


Fax: 505-277-1988

Physical Address

Room 3053
Centennial Engineering Center
Building #112 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC 01 1070
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Associate Professor and Regents' Lecturer

Department of Civil Engineering

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Kerry Howe is an associate professor in the Civil Engineering Department at UNM. His areas of specialty include environmental engineering, physical and chemical processes for water and waste treatment, desalination, membrane processes for environmental treatment (including microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis), water chemistry, and engineering design.

Current research projects are investigating the use of membranes in water and wastewater applications, including the fouling of reverse osmosis membrane when used for tertiary wastewater treatment for indirect potable reuse applications, selective recovery and beneficial use of salts and minerals from desalination concentrate, increasing the recovery of reverse osmosis by minimizing scaling, removal of fluoride from groundwater using aluminum coagulation and membrane filtration, and removal of pharmaceuticals during tertiary wastewater treatment using either reverse osmosis or ozone/biofiltration.

Dr. Howe is a registered professional engineer and a board certified environmental engineer (BCEE) by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Prior to studying for his doctorate degree, Dr. Howe worked for environmental engineering consulting firms for more than 12 years. During his time in consulting, he worked as project engineer or project manager on a wide variety of projects related to water treatment engineering, including treatability studies, regulatory compliance evaluations, facility evaluations, master plans, pilot studies, predesign, detailed design, construction management, and plant startup. His practical engineering experience has a strong influence on his research and teaching activities.