Terrence Kelly, Ph.D.
Professor of Aviation Science
Kelly teaches a wide variety of subjects including Safety & Human Factors, Aircraft Systems, Fluid Power Systems, Aerodynamics, Materials, Manufacturing, Airframe Systems, and Avionics
Ph.D with a dual specialization in Human Factors and Socio-Technical Systems, Saint Louis University
Graduate Minor in Research Methodologies
Master of Aeronautical Science with a Concentration in Safety Systems, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Bachelor of Science, Saint Louis University
The measurement and transformation of Organizational Safety Culture, Safety Management Systems and Safety II are Professor Kelly’s primary areas of interest and research.
Publications and Media Placements
Printed Archival Peer-Reviewed Journals
S.D. Robinson, W.J. Irwin, T.K. Kelly, X.O. Wu. Application of Machine Learning to Mapping Primary Casual Factors in Self Reported Safety Narratives. Safety Science. Volume 75, June 2015, Pages 118–129. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2015.02.003
Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers Kelly, T., Meyer, R., & Patankar, M. (2012). Safety Culture: Testing the Safety Culture Pyramid with Structural Equation Modeling.
Kelly, T., Lercel, D., & Patankar, M. (2011). Influence of Trust and Job Satisfaction on Safety Climate Among Managers at a Large U.S. Air Carrier. Download Paper Here
Professional Organizations and Associations
- Society of Safety Engineers
- System Safety Society
- American Society of Engineering Education
- Society of Automotive Engineers
Community Work and Service
Terrence Kelly joined the faculty of Saint Louis University in 1988. Kelly earned a B.S. degree in Aeronautics from Parks College, an M.A.S. degree in Safety Systems from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Dual Specialization PhD in Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems with a Graduate Minor in Research Methodologies from Saint Louis University. Dr. Kelly holds a Certificate in Aviation Safety and Security from the University of Southern California. Kelly’s FAA certifications have included a Mechanics Certificate with Airframe and Powerplant ratings (A&P), Inspection Authorization (IA) and Designated Mechanics Examiner (DME).
Throughout his service at Saint Louis University, Kelly has served as both teaching and research faculty in the Department of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, the Department of Aerospace Technology and the Department of Engineering Technology including Chair in the Department of Aviation Science. Professor Kelly maintains teaching responsibilities at both the undergraduate and graduate level including the following topical areas: Safety, Safety Management Systems, Safety Culture, Accident Investigation, Aerodynamics and Aircraft Systems.
The measurement and transformation of Organizational Safety Culture, Safety Management Systems and Safety II are Professor Kelly’s primary areas of interest and research. Kelly’s safety research has included working with large U.S. and international air carriers, maintenance and repair organizations and government agencies. Kelly is a member of many Professional Societies including the Society of Safety Engineers.