Biography


Dr. Steve Kelley has been a Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University since 2005. At NC State he has taught classes in Sustainable Building Materials; Wood Chemistry; and Wood Composites. He currently supervises PhD students working on innovative technology and systems approaches to developing bioenergy and biomaterials. Prior to working at NCSU he worked for 13 years at the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and 5 years in the chemical industry. 

His research interests include the production of sustainable energy and materials from biomass, life cycle analysis of wood products and energy systems, and the analysis of trade-offs between financial, environmental and social attributes of biobased systems.  

He currently serves on the National Research Council’s Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, on the Editorial Boards of three international science and technology journals, as the President of CORRIM, an organization focused on using life cycle analysis tools to evaluate the performance of materials used in home construction, as a member of the Executive Board of the Institute for Forest Biotechnology, a nonprofit studying the social and environmental opportunities, and risks, of genetically engineered trees, and as a trustee with a private foundation that funds work a variety of educational, sustainability and early childhood projects.