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Sanders, Kelly T.

Dr. Kelly T. Sanders

Contact Information

Dr. Kelly T. Sanders
Sonny Astani Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California
Kaprielian Hall, Room 200B
3620 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2531

Tel:  (213) 821-0095
Fax: (213) 744-1426
Email: ktsanders@usc.edu
Website: s3research.usc.edu


Assistant Professor 


Biographical Information

Ph.D. 2013 University of Texas at Austin
M.S. 2010 University of Texas at Austin
B.S. 2007 Pennsylvania State University


Research Interests:
Conducting system-level analyses that seek to resolve issues with technical, political, and societal significance to inform better decision making in regards to energy and water resource management.

Focus areas include:

  • Urban metabolism – analyzing flows of energy, water and waste in urban environments
  • Energy-water nexus – reducing energy use in water systems and water use in energy   systems through synergistic conservation strategies
  • Electric Power Grid Modeling - analyzing how shifts in the power generation sector affect energy, water, and emissions.
  • Lifecycle assessment – assessing the environmental impacts of products and services from extraction through disposal
  • Smart grid – using advanced metering and data analytics to optimize energy and water use in urban communities
  • Sustainable agricultural and food systems – evaluating how changes in agricultural practices and dietary preferences impact the environment
  • Sustainable waste management – transforming waste streams into higher valued products

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Nationally recognized in Forbes’ Magazine’s “30 under 30: Today’s disrupters and tomorrow’s brightest stars” feature (2012)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2009-2012)


Link to Environmental Engineering Program