Dr. Kelly Twomey Sanders joined the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in January 2014. Her research seeks to address issues with technical, political and societal significance with the intent of increasing the sustainability of urban and agricultural systems through three major focus areas: the energy-water nexus, sustainable waste management, and low-impact food production. She has authored more than two dozen publications and has given dozens of lectures and invited talks on topics at the intersection of engineering, science, and policy. In 2012, Sanders was recognized in Forbes’ “30 under 30: Today’s disrupters and tomorrow’s brightest stars” for her technical contributions to the energy field. Her research has been featured in prominent media outlets including Forbes, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Scientific American, and The Christian Science Monitor. She teaches courses related to energy and the environment.
Sanders earned her bachelor's degree in Bioengineering from the Pennsylvania State University and her Master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, respectively.