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Picture of R. G. Kelly   Robert G. Kelly

    Professor 

    Materials Science and Engineering 

    University of Virginia

     Co-Director, Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering

During his career, Prof. Kelly and his students/post-docs have investigated a wide variety of electrochemical and corrosion phenomena as well as methods to probe the controlling processes.  The group’s current work focuses on aging aircraft, multi-scale modeling of corrosion, occluded region corrosion, and atmospheric corrosion.   In addition to the technical work, Prof. Kelly focuses on the professional development of his post-docs and student colleagues.  His
Graduate Student Handbook describes his approach to mentoring as well as a documentation of processes his group uses rather than reinventing them each time.  The alumni include 8 PDRA (post-doctoral research associates), 11 Ph.D., 14 M.S. and 17 URA (undergraduate research assistants) who now work at national and governmental laboratories, industrial research and development centers, and universities.

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