Our research aims to interweave knowledge from a range of disciplines to make new discoveries that address complex environmental exposures. Knowledge-interweaving skills are critical for the next generation of scientists and engineers to address environmental health burdens. Finding common themes and incorporating knowledge created by other disciplines is an integral part of our research.
The Pennell Research Group is comprised of experimentalists and computational modelers–both of whom have an awareness and interest in applying advanced science and engineering concepts to real-world environmental problems. We conduct research on topics related fate and transport of environmental contaminants and environmental decision-making processes.
We are actively involved with research related to the following topics:
Indoor air pollution–especially related to vapor intrusion
Fate and transport of environmental contaminants
Computational modeling of environmental systems
Uncertainty-informed decision making models
Pennell Research Group Recent News:
- Kelly Pennell and Dr. Heather Henry (of NIEHS) organized a symposium at the ACS Fall 2017 Annual Meeting (August 2017) to highlight the economics impacts of environmental health research, using the NIEHS Superfund Research Program as a case study.
- Pennell Group presents new vapor intrusion model and new research about sewer gas to indoor air pathway at vapor intrusion sites at Battelle Bioremediaton Conference, May 2017. Battelle -Bio2017 Website
- Undergraduate researcher, Taylor Ford, receives #IAmAWomanInSTEM Award UKNOW Article May 22, 2017
- Dr. Pennell and Dr. Dadi win Outstanding Faculty in Civil Engineering Award for 2016-2017
- As part of the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center, Dr. Pennell and her colleagues organized a visit of Eastern Kentucky for the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (Dr. Linda Birnbaum) and hosted a community forum on Appalachian Health and Well Being in Whitesburg, KY. Additional details are summarized in the September 2016 edition of the NIEHS Environmental Factor Newsletter and in the August 4, 2016 UKnow Article.
- Research from Pennell’s group was highlighted in the August 2016 Featured News article in Environmental Health Perspectives, which is one of the most highly ranked journals in Toxicology, Public, Environmental and Occupational Health, and Environmental Sciences.
- Dr. Pennell, along with Dr. Bernie Hennig organized the Central and Eastern European Conference on Health and the Environment, which was held in Prague, CZ in April 2016. Approximately 150 scientific experts from 19 countries presented research about how we, as a global environmental health community, can strive to prevent of environmental exposures and disease risks.NIEHS Environmental Factor Newsletter (May 2016).
- Pennell’s group responds to community concerns about vapor intrusion in a Winston-Salem school in North Carolina. Dr. Pennell participates in media interviews and coordinates with University of North Carolina to conduct a community science information session and online resources for the school community.
- In May 2015, the Pennell Research Group is profiled in UKnow Article.
- In 2015, NSF awarded Dr. Pennell an NSF CAREER grant entitled Vapor Intrusion, Knowledge Brokers and Environmental Health: A Three Dimensional Perspective. This research aims to not only make scientific discoveries, but also ensure research is relevant to policy and practice stakeholders.
If you are a student interested in joining the Pennell research group, you should review the application procedures posted on the Graduate School website and the Civil Engineering Graduate Program website.
Department website: http://www.engr.uky.edu/ce/