_1170673Kelly G. Pennell, PE, PhD joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky in 2013 as an assistant professor.  Dr. Pennell received a BS in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Technological University (1997), an MS in Environmental Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (2001), and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Purdue University (2005). She has been a licensed professional engineer (PE) since 2001. She has over five years of experience working as an environmental consultant, plus six years of experience as a government liaison. In 2010, she accepted her first tenure track position as an assistant professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In 2013, she joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky and became a key member of the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Program, serving as the co-leader of the Research Translation Core and the Community Engagement Core. 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

2013-present: 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