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Karsten Kelly

Karsten Kelly

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Karsten joined PNNL in 2016 as a senior engineer after over twenty years in commercial hardware and software development. He spent the previous ten years at a major microprocessor and system-on-chip manufacturer developing specialized hardware and software to evaluate, validate, stress and break new component designs as well as work around the flaws thereby identified. Over that timespan Karsten worked on projects involving components intended for use in platforms ranging from servers through car infotainment systems to wearables and worked with many interface standards. Prior to his microprocessor/SOC position Karsten spent a decade as a consulting engineer specializing in lab-based analysis of troubled client hardware designs, isolating hardware and software root causes and providing short-term work-arounds and long-term resolutions as needed.

Research Interests

  • Intelligent networked building systems with solid-state lighting
  • Power efficiency in lighting
  • Building controls that meet the needs of people with diverse abilities

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., Computer Science, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Computer Science, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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