The Pennell Research Group 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 Dr. Pennell’s 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
Photo:  Elham Shirazi, PhD Candidate(front); and, Mohammadyousef (Amir) Roghani, PhD Student (back).


Dr. Pennell’s NSF CAREER award entitled Vapor Intrusion, Knowledge Brokers and Environmental Health: A Three Dimensional Perspective 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 my research team, you should review the application procedures posted on the Graduate School website and the Civil Engineering Graduate Program website.



Contact Information:

Kelly G. Pennell, PhD, PE
Assistant Professor
University of Kentucky, Department of Civil Engineering
363 Oliver H. Raymond Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0281
Department website:  http://www.engr.uky.edu/ce/
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