BioB.E.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1984M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1986Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1989Post-Doc University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, 1988-90
"The research my students and I do seeks to reduce the effects of corrosion damage on safety, reliability and cost in a wide range of applications."Robert G. Kelly, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Robert G. Kelly has been conducting research on the corrosion of metals for the past 30 years. After completing his Ph.D. studies at Johns Hopkins University (1989), he spent two years at the Corrosion and Protection Centre at the University of Manchester (UK) as a Fulbright Scholar and as an NSF/NATO Post-doctoral Fellow. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1990. His past work has included work on the corrosion of metals and alloys in marine environments, non-aqueous and mixed solvents as well as stress-corrosion cracking and other forms of localized corrosion. His present work includes studies of the electrochemical and chemical conditions inside localized corrosion sites in various alloy systems, corrosion in aging aircraft, development of embeddable corrosion microinstruments, microfabrication methods to probe the fundamentals of localized corrosion, and multi-scale modeling of corrosion processes. He has co-authored over one hundred papers, presented fifty invited talks and is the Co-Director of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering at UVA. He was selected as the recipient of the 1997 A. B. Campbell Award for the best paper by an author 35 years old or younger and the 1999 H. H. Uhlig Award for young corrosion educators from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, and the H.H. Uhlig Award from the Electrochemical Society. He is also a Fellow of NACE International. He has won several teaching awards while at UVA, including an All University Teaching Award in 2004. He was the 2001 recipient of the Robert T. Foley Award from the National Capital Section of the Electrochemical Society. He has rendered technical assistance to the NRC and DOE concerning the Yucca Mountain Project, the USAF Aging Aircraft Program, the NASA Safety and Engineering Center, and the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial design team. He has supervised 20 Ph.D. students to completion as well as 18 M.S. students.