• BS, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of Utah

Research Summary

My research focuses on the links between energy, air quality and human health, and it is motivated by local and regional air-­quality challenges. My recent research include projects to develop the next-generation of low-cost particulate matter sensors, to develop real-time estimates of particulate matter concentration and uncertainty, and to help engage high-school and middle-school students as citizen scientists. Check out my group's web page:


Dr. Kelly is a professional engineer and an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah. She has a PhD in Environmental Engineering and a BS in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Kelly is committed to the translation of science to smart community and policy decisions. She served 8 years on Utah’s Air Quality Board and currently serves on the state’s air quality policy board together with state legislators. In 2018, the governor awarded her with the UCAIR air quality person of the year for her service to the state. Her research focuses on understanding the connections between energy, air quality and health.  More recently, she has focused on using cost-effective, air-quality sensing to understand local-scale, air quality challenges as well as to empower communities to address their air quality challenges. This work in cost-effective, air quality sensing led to her co-founding a startup company, Tellus Networked Sensor Solutions.