My research mostly concerns the mathematical modeling, analysis, simulation, and control of systems that exhibit nonlinear dynamics. I'm particularly interested in engineered systems that draw inspiration from the natural world and/or derive energy efficiency from the exploitation of nonlinear phenomena. Some of my interests are described in more detail below.


I teach courses addressing a variety of topics in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics.


I earned a BS in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Cornell in 1991, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech in 1992, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech in 1998. I remained at Caltech for a year as a postdoc in Control and Dynamical Systems and worked for two years as a research engineer at a company called Entelos before joining the department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an assistant professor in 2001. I moved to the department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at UNC Charlotte as an associate professor in 2007.


Your best bet is to email me at or at one of my wittier email addresses like ten.naici|mehtam#ten.naici|mehtam.

I'm occasionally logged into Skype as scott.david.kelly. You can also follow me @scottdavidkelly on Twitter.

Here's my snail mail address:

Scott David Kelly
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001 USA

My office is room 257 in Duke Centennial Hall. My office phone number is +1 (704) 687-7498.

If you'd like to try to flag me down in person, I look roughly like this:

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