Kenneth Kelly
1994 …2023

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Personal Profile

As chief engineer for commercial vehicle electrification, Kenneth Kelly provides strategic leadership, technical expertise, and program management across a wide range of research projects related to the electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Previously, he managed NREL's commercial vehicle technologies team, which works with industry and fleet partners to evaluate the performance and support the development of advanced medium- and heavy-duty vehicle technologies. He spearheaded the creation of several key resources—the DriveCAT drive cycle analysis tool and the Fleet DNA repository of commercial fleet vehicle operating data—in NREL's arsenal of integrated modeling and analysis tools. These tools, often used in partnership with industry, provide data-driven insight for overcoming technical barriers and informing the development of transportation technologies and systems that maximize energy savings and on-road performance. He also leads NREL's advanced transportation efforts for the Athena project, applying high-performance computing and advanced analytics to improve vehicle efficiency at airports and seaports. 

Research Interests

Professional Experience

National Renewable Energy Laboratory:

Chief Engineer, Commercial Vehicle Electrification (2020–Present)
Team Lead, Commercial Vehicle Technologies (2012–Present)
Senior Project Lead, Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (2010–2012)
Team Lead, Advanced Power Electronics and Motors (2006–2010)
Senior Engineer, Advanced Vehicle Systems (1995–2006)
Project Engineer, Alternative Fuels Data Center (1991–1995)

Manufacturing Engineer, Swagelok Valve and Fittings (1987–1989)

Computer-Aided Design, Sunpower, Inc. (1989–1991)

Design Draftsman, Ohio Broach and Machine Company (1980–1986)

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Mechanical Engineering, Ohio University

Bachelor, Mechanical Engineering, Ohio University


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