Shakira Hobbs | AIChE

Shakira Hobbs

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
University of Kentucky

Shakira R. Hobbs, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Shakira Hobbs’ scholarship explores multi-disciplinary approaches to sustainable engineering, international development, and life cycle thinking applied to the food-energy-water nexus. Her area of research focuses on developing methods to manage anthropogenic activity such as converting waste to energy and modeling transport of pesticides.  In 2018, she founded BioGals, a US non-profit organization that works internationally, empowering women of color to create sustainable solutions. Through community-engaged work with residents of Sittee River in Belize, BioGals has applied LCA and piloted anaerobic digestion to supplement cooking fuels needs with the community. Broadening participation, gender, and global competency are complementary areas of research for her.