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J. Kelly Kissock


Full-Time Faculty


Email: J. Kissock
Phone: 937-229-2852
Kettering Laboratories Room 361


Dr. Kissock is a professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and director of the Renewable and Clean Energy graduate program at the University of Dayton. He is also director of the University of Dayton Industrial Assessment Center and of the Ohio Lean Buildings program. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio. He has been a research engineer at the Center for Air Pollution Impact and Trend Analysis, Washington University; the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna, Austria; the Energy Systems Laboratory, Texas A&M University; and the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Princeton University. 

Dr. Kissock works in the fields of building, industrial and renewable energy systems. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in thermal sciences and energy systems. The University of Dayton’s successful renewable and clean energy master's program originated from his courses on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Dr. Kissock was the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor of the Year in 2009 and has been honored twice with the Distinguished Educator Award by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. 

He has published over 100 technical papers on energy systems in books, technical journals and conference proceedings. His research has been supported with over $4 million in contracts and grants. His scholarship and research center have been recognized with the 2003 and 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Center of Excellence Awards, the 2006 Ohio Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy, the 2009 University of Dayton Alumni Award for Scholarship, the 2011 American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Champion of Energy Efficiency award, and the 2012 and 2014 U.S. Department of Energy Excellence in Applied Energy Engineering Research Award. 

Dr. Kissock served as associate editor of the ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering. He chaired the ASME Technical Committee on Conservation and Solar Buildings, the ACEEE 2007 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry, and numerous conference sessions. 

Dr. Kissock is an internationally recognized leader in energy efficiency. He has conducted over 500 industrial and building energy assessments. He is a U.S. Department of Energy certified energy expert in compressed air and process heating systems. He has conducted over 50 seminars and training sessions on energy efficiency for companies, utilities, universities, and industrial and government organizations in the U.S. and internationally, including in Taiwan, Singapore, Brazil, China and Russia. 

Selected Honors and Awards

  • U.S. Department of Energy National Center of Excellence Award, 2003, 2015
  • U.S. Department of Energy Excellence in Applied Energy Engineering Research Award, 2012, 2014
  • Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, 2011
  • University of Dayton Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor of the Year, 2009
  • University of Dayton Alumni Award for Scholarship, 2009
  • Ohio Governor’s Award for Energy Excellence, 2006
  • Distinguished Educator Award, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1998, 2005


  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • M.S., Washington University
  • B.S., University of Colorado

Licenses, Certifications and Credentials

  • Professional Engineer, Ohio

Professional Activities

  • ASME

Research Interests

  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy