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President Joe Biden Names Third Nominee to National Institute of Building Sciences Board

Dr. Kimberly L. Jones is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education with the College of Engineering and Architecture at Howard University

(WASHINGTON, DC, April 27, 2021) – The National Institute of Building Sciences has received a third nomination to its board of directors by President Joe Biden.

Dr. Kimberly L. Jones is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education with the College of Engineering and Architecture and Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Howard University. Dr. Jones’ research interests include water and wastewater quality, environmental policy, membrane separations, global water treatment, environmental justice, risk evaluation and environmental nanotechnology.

Her nomination comes soon after the announcement of two other appointees to the NIBS board: award-winning design professional Evelyn M. Fujimoto and Lori Peek, Director of the Natural Hazards Center and Sociology Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS, welcomes the President’s board nominations.

“We are excited and humbled for President Biden’s nominations to our board,” Woods says. “NIBS was chartered by the U.S Congress to convene industry and government, bringing together experts in planning, design, construction, supply and technology. We welcome the President’s nominees to our community of building professionals.”

Fujimoto has designed more than nine million square feet of building interiors throughout North American, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Her projects have received industry recognition for design excellence, including adherence to sustainable design practices, value creation for the business community, and demonstration of leading engineering and construction methods.

Peek studies marginalized populations in disaster and is the author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, and co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina. Peek helped develop school safety guidance for the nation, which resulted in the publication of FEMA P-1000, Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the board terms of the three nominees would begin October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2024.

About NIBS

National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.

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