Skip to main content

Norman L. Jones

Professor/Department Chair
Full-Time Faculty

430Q EB
Provo, UT 84606


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Texas, 1990.


CE 270- Computational Methods

CE 540- Geo-Environmental Engineering

CE EN 544 - Seepage and Slope Stability Analysis

CE 547 - Seepage and Groundwater Modeling


University of Texas at Austin PhD, Civil Engineering, 1990.
University of Texas at Austin MS, Civil Engineering 1988.
Brigham Young University BS, Civil Engineering, 1986.

Work Experience

  • Department Chair, Civil and Env. Engineering, BYU, (2018-present)
  • Professor, Civil and Env. Engineering, BYU, (2002-present)
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Env. Engineering, BYU, (1997-2002)
  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Env. Engineering, BYU, (1991-1997)

Professional Development

  • Consistent involvement in professional organizations
  • Instructor of numerous short courses and seminars
  • High-profile consulting projects

Consulting and Patents

  • Expert witness for ground water contaminant case, Montana (2003)
  • Expert witness for ground water contaminant case, Utah (2003-2004)
  • Peer review panel for regional simulation model, Florida (2005)
  • Groundwater model for proposed power plant, Nevada (2007-8)
  • Groundwater model for industrial site, Utah (2007-8)
  • Sacramento Regional Groundwater model (2009-2010)
  • Modeling in support of state well-permitting program for the Virginia DEQ (2009-present)
  • Groundwater Modeling System Software Development (1992-present)
  • Arc Hydro Groundwater data model and tools (2004-present)


Principal Publications in the Last Five Years

  • Y. Fan, S. Richard, R. S. Bristol, S. E. Peters, S. E. Ingebritsen, N. Moosdorf, A. Packman, T. Gleeson, I. Zaslavsky, S. Peckham, L. Murdoch, M. Fienen, M. Cardiff, D. Tarboton, N. Jones, R. Hooper, J. Arrigo, D. Gochis, J. Olson and D. Wolock (2014), DigitalCrust – a 4D data system of material properties for transforming research on crustal fluid flow, GeoFluids, Article first published online: 7 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/gfl.12114.
  • Swain, N.R., K. Latu, S.D. Christensen, N.L. Jones, E.J. Nelson, D.P. Ames, G.P. Williams (2015). "A review of open source software solutions for developing water resources web applications." Environmental Modeling & Software 67: 108-117.
  • Jones, David, Norm Jones, James Greer, and Jim Nelson, “A cloud-based MODFLOW service for aquifer management decision support,” Computers and GeoSciences, Vol. 78, pp. 81-87, 2015.
  • Dolder, H., Jones, N., and Nelson, E. (2015). "Simple Method for Using Precomputed Hydrologic Models in Flood Forecasting with Uniform Rainfall and Soil Moisture Pattern." J. Hydrol. Eng.,10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001232 , 04015039.
  • Fatichi, S., Vivoni, E.R., Ogden, F.L., Ivanov, V.Y., Mirus, B., Gochis, D., Downer, C.W., Camporese, M., Davidson, J.H., Ebel, B., Jones, N., Kim, J., Mascaro, G., Niswonger, R., Restrepo, P., Rigon, R., Shen, C., Sulis, M., and Tarboton, D. (2016). An Overview of Challenges, Current Applications and Future Trends of Distributed Process-based Models in Hydrology. Journal of Hydrology. Vol 537, 45-60. DOI:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.03.026
  • Snow, Alan D., Scott D. Christensen, Nathan R. Swain, E. James Nelson, Daniel P. Ames, Norman L. Jones, Deng Ding, Nawajish S. Noman, Cédric H. David, Florian Pappenberger, and Ervin Zsoter, 2016. A High-Resolution National-Scale Hydrologic Forecast System from a Global Ensemble Land Surface Model. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 52(4):950–964, DOI: 10.1111/1752-
  • Perez, J. Fidel, Nathan R. Swain, Herman G. Dolder, Scott D. Christensen, Alan D. Snow, E. James Nelson, and Norman L. Jones, 2016. From Global to Local: Providing Actionable Flood Forecast Information in a Cloud-Based Computing Environment. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 52(4):965–978. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12392
  • Swain, N. R., S. D. Christensen, A. D. Snow, H. Dolder, G. Espinoza-Dávalos, E. Goharian, N. L. Jones, E. J. Nelson, D. P. Ames and S. J. Burian (2016). "A new open source platform for lowering the barrier for environmental web app development." Environmental Modelling & Software 85: 11-26.
  • Souffront Alcantara, Michael A.; Crawley, Shawn; Stealey, Michael J.; Nelson, E. James; Ames, Daniel P.; and Jones, Norm L. (2017) "Open Water Data Solutions for Accessing the National Water Model," Open Water Journal: Vol. 4 : Iss. 1 , Article 3.
  • Souffront Alcantara, Michael, C Kesler, M Stealey, J Nelson, D Ames, N Jones, 2017. Cyberinfrastructure and Web Apps for Managing and Disseminating the National Water Model, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association 54, no. 4 (2018): 859-871.
  • Christensen, Scott D., Nathan R. Swain, Norman L. Jones, E. James Nelson, Alan D. Snow, and Herman G. Dolder. "A Comprehensive Python Toolkit for Accessing High-Throughput Computing to Support Large Hydrologic Modeling Tasks." JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association 53, no. 2 (2017): 333-343.

Scientific and Professional Societies

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Geophysical Union
  • AWRA 2014 GIS in Water Resources Technical Program Chair
  • Editor of AQUAmundi Journal
  • EWRI Emerging Technologies Committee
  • EWRI Groundwater Management Committee
  • International Editorial Board for the Journal of HydroInformatics
  • National Ground Water Association
  • NGWA Groundwater Modeling Interest Group Committee

Honors and Awards

  • 2001 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research PrizeThe American Society of Civil Engineers awards this prize annually to four outstanding researchers age 40 or younger.
  • 2002 College of Engineering & Technology Special Commendation AwardI received this award in recognition of my efforts in successfully guiding our department through the ABET re-accreditation process as the Undergraduate Coordinator.
  • 2003 Brigham Young University Technology Transfer AwardAwarded for many years of success in technology transfer. Co-recipient with Jim Nelson and Alan Zundel. At the time of the award, our software was the most successful tech transfer project in BYU history.
  • 2007 Utah Engineering Educator of the YearAwarded by the Utah Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies
  • 2012 Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts AwardThe highest award given at BYU for research.
  • 2016 AWRA Educator of the YearUtah Section

Institutional and Professional Service in the Last Five Years

  • Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2018-present)
  • College Advancement in Rank Committee (2009-present)
  • Director, Environmental Modeling Research Laboratory (1998-present)
  • Chair of the Department Faculty Committee (2006-2009)
  • Dept. Undergraduate Coordinator (2000-2006)