Kelly G. Pennell, PhD, PE is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky and is a licensed professional engineer (PE).  Prior to joining the University of Kentucky, from 2010-2013, she was an assistant professor at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. From 2005-2010, she was research faculty at Brown University in the School of Engineering. She holds degrees in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Lawrence Technological University (BS 1997), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (MS 2001) and Purdue University (PhD 2005). Her research is focused on contaminant fate and transport processes and environmental health policy decision making. Her research incorporates computational modeling approaches as well as field and laboratory data.

Dr. Pennell is passionate about connecting research with policy and practice. She leverages her past career experience as an environmental consultant, a government liaison, and an academic researcher to conduct stakeholder-focused, solution-oriented research related to environmental fate and transport, with recent emphasis on the issue of vapor intrusion.


2005, Purdue University, PhD-Civil (Environmental) Engineering

2001, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, MS-Environmental Engineering

1997, Lawrence Technological University, BS-Civil Engineering

Professional Experience

2016-present: University of Kentucky, Associate Professor

2013-2016: University of Kentucky, Assistant Professor

2010-2013: University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth, Assistant Professor

2005-2011: Brown University Superfund Research Program, Governmental Liaison

2008-2010: Brown University, Research Assistant Professor

1997-2002, ARCADIS, Project Engineer


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