J. Alexander Maxwell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Alex Maxwell is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Gonzaga University's School of Engineering and Applied Science. As an engineer and urbanist by training, his work broadly focuses on the sustainable development of urban environments. He currently...

Alex Maxwell

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. Urban Design, University of Strathclyde, 2016

M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, Clarkson University, 2011 

B.S. Civil Engineering, Gonzaga University, 2009

Courses Taught

CENG 303 Environmental Engineering

CENG 305 Environmental Engineering Lab

CENG 404 Sustainable Systems and Design

CENG 444 Air Pollution

ENSC 491 Senior Design Project I

ENSC 492 Senior Design Project II


Alex Maxwell is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Gonzaga University's School of Engineering and Applied Science. As an engineer and urbanist by training, his work broadly focuses on the sustainable development of urban environments. He currently teaches courses in civil and environmental engineering, co-advises the Washington Delta (Gonzaga University) Chapter of Tau Beta Pi – Engineering Honors Society, and works on projects related to local climate action planning, campus food waste, and walkable urban design. Prior to joining the faculty at Gonzaga, he was a Fulbright-University of Strathclyde Research Scholar with the Urban Design Studies Unit in Glasgow, Scotland and worked for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Nairobi, Kenya.

Refereed Journal Articles
  • Blackwell, B. D., Driscoll, C. T., Maxwell, J. A., & Holsen, T. M. (2014). Changing climate alters inputs and pathways of mercury deposition to forested ecosystems. Biogeochemistry, 119(1-3), 215-228.
  • Porta, S., Romice, O., Maxwell, J. A., Russell, P., & Baird, D. (2014). Alterations in scale: patterns of change in main street networks across time and space. Urban Studies, 51(16), 3383-3400.
  • Maxwell, J. A., Holsen, T. M., & Mondal, S. (2013). Gaseous Elemental Mercury (GEM) Emissions from Snow Surfaces in Northern New York. PloS one, 8(7), e69342.
Book Chapters
  • Maxwell, J. A. (2008). Motivation. In B. A. Striebig & S. Norwood (Eds.), WATER in Benin: An Example of Sustainable Development in Benin, West Africa (pp. 7-14). Spokane, WA: Lulu.
Conference Proceedings
  • London, M. R., & Cadwell, J. R., & Maxwell, A. (2011, June), Development of a Study Abroad Experience in Africa as a Recruitment and Retention Tool for Women in Engineering. Paper presented at 2011 Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. Available from: peer.asee.org.
Web-Based Publications
  • J. A. Maxwell & C. R. Wolfe. (2014, March 19). City main street networks show a drastic shift away from historic patterns of human-scale design. London School of Economics, USAPP – American Politics and Policy. London, UK. Available from: bit.ly/1j2IBDb.
Other Publications
  • United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat). (2016). Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning: Glasgow, Scotland (UK) Assessment Report. Nairobi, Kenya: J. A. Maxwell & W. Lynn. Available from unhabitat.org.
  • UN-Habitat. (2015). Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning. Nairobi, Kenya: A. Aylett, M. Boswell, [et al., including J. A. Maxwell] Available from unhabitat.org/books.
  • UN-Habitat. (2015). Urbanization and Climate Change in Small Island Developing States. Nairobi, Kenya: J. Berg, J. A. Maxwell, et al. Available from unhabitat.org/books.
  • Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Urban Land Institute. (2015). Tomorrow’s City Centre: Glasgow Agenda. Glasgow, UK: G. Clark & J. A. Maxwell. Available from issuu.com/glasgowchamberofcommerce.
  • C. R. Wolfe & J. A. Maxwell. (2014, November 12). Using ‘plot-based urbanism’ to reclaim the basic unit of the city. Available from MyUrbanist.com.