Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Chair, Applied Physics Program
1993 B.S. Engineering Physics, Colorado School of Mines
1996 M.S. Applied Physics, Rice University
1999 Ph.D. Applied Physics, Rice University
Imaging and Spectroscopy at the nanoscale. Understanding the role of mathematics in image acquisition and interpretation. Scanning Probe Microscopy, Electronic Materials, Compressive Infared and Hyperspectral Imaging.
Dr. Kelly is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and chair of the Applied Physics Program at Rice. Kevin received a B.S. in engineering physics from Colorado School of Mines in 1993 and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Rice in 1999. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Materials Research in Sendai, Japan and in the chemistry department at Penn State University.
His lab’s research includes the cutting-edge development and characterization of molecular machines such as the Nanocar and similar molecules, probing novel electronic states in graphene and topological insulators, investigating charge transport in polymer photovoltaics, and designing "single-pixel camera" compressive imaging systems. In addition to being a fellow of the Rice Quantum Institute, he was a member of the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science, and is a current member of the Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment Center at Princeton. He co-founded and is Chief Scientist for Inview Technology Corporation, a company focused on commercializing compressive imaging. He was a primary lecturer for the anthropology course “Nanotechnology: Content and Context” for five years, has co-created and taught a course on technological disasters in the Department of History at Rice since 2009, and consulted for the Baker Institute for Public Policy on the development and commercial outlook of photovoltaics.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Recent invited talks at Physics of Quantum Electronics & UCLA IPAM
Director’s Speaker, Army Night Vision Laboratories NVESD in 2012
Best paper, Int’l Symposium for Testing & Failure Analysis in 2009
Hershel M. Rich Invention Award in 2007
Technology Review Top 10 Emerging Technologies in 2007
PUBLICATIONS, PATENTS AND CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
ELEC 571 Imaging at the Nanoscale
ELEC 261 Electronic Materials and Quantum Devices
ELEC/HIST 234 Technological Disasters
Scanning tunneling microscopy of single molecule electronics and molecular machines
Nanoscale spectroscopy of topological insulators and conducting polymers
Probing the nanoscale chemistry of fullerenes, nanotubes, and graphene
Compressive short-wave and mid-wave infrared imaging
Compressive hyperspectral microscopy and endmember unmixing
Machine vision and computational imaging for object recognition and tracking