Kelly L. Fleming is a Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Her AAAS host office is at the Department of Energy in the Office of Science. Kelly works in the International Programs office, which oversees the work the Office of Science does with partnering countries in basic and fundamental research.


Kelly’s mission is to positively influence society through science, outreach, and policy. She is actively seeking opportunities in STEM communication, science and technology policy, STEM education/outreach, and energy management and strategy. In addition to actively participating in AAAS fellowship outreach groups, she currently  serves on the leadership board of 500 Women Scientists, as the Policy and Advocacy lead, writes her own science blog, and is an advisory member on the board of directors for Engage Science.

Kelly earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington in 2015, with the dissertation titled, “A New Solution to an Old Problem: Exploring Properties of Chemical Reactions Using Molecular Simulation.” Her research with Dr. Jim Pfaendtner included: molecular simulations of reactions relevant in processing biomass into fuels, and simulation of the adsorption of molecules on surfaces for the application of discovering more environmentally-friendly coating agents for the aviation industry. Research methods she uses include quantum mechanics, ab initio molecular dynamics, and classical molecular dynamics. A video of her talk at Seattle Town Hall through the Engage Science Speaker Series can be found here. Kelly served as the chair of the Science Policy Steering Committee at the University of Washington from 2014-2015, and previously volunteered her free time at the Pacific Science Center.

Kelly received her B.S. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2010, with a minor in Economics and Business and graduating as the first person from CSM to receive a minor in Energy. Her undergraduate research was focused on solid oxide fuel cells and solid oxide electrolysis cells through her work with Dr. Neal Sullivan and Versa Power Systems, and with advisor Dr. Anthony Dean and mentor Whitney Jablonski at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.