Parks Faculty

Terrence Kelly, Ph.D.,<br/>Professor

Terrence Kelly, Ph.D.,


(314) 977-8245

Ph.D. in Human Factors and Socio-Technical Systems

Saint Louis University

Master of Science

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Bachelor of Science

Saint Louis University

Terrence Kelly, a 1988 Parks graduate, has been a Professor with the Department of Aviation Science since 1988. In 1994, he also joined the Department of Engineering Technology. He teaches a wide variety of subjects including Safety & Human Factors, Aircraft Systems, Fluid Power Systems, Aerodynamics, Materials, Manufacturing, Airframe Systems, and Avionics.

With a focus on organizational factors that influence safety, Kelly has worked with a number of commercial air carriers to evaluate the current state of their safety culture and develop strategies for continuous improvement. Additionally, Dr. Kelly has worked with a number of aviation service providers in the analysis of self-reporting data. As requirements surrounding Safety Management Systems (SMS) continue to evolve and become a regulatory requirement, a need has emerged for the analysis of supporting data. Dr. Kelly has a keen interest in developing both quantitative and qualitative measures that will provide the regulator and the principle guidance on the effectiveness of their programs.        

Earning his Master of Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Aerospace & Aviation System Safety, he recently completed his Ph.D. at Saint Louis University for his work in Socio-Technical Systems.

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Society of Safety Engineers
  • System Safety Society
  • American Society of Engineering Education
  • Society of Automotive Engineers

Research Interests

Terry’s research interests include aviation safety, aircraft and fluid power systems, technical training, applied technology, organizational psychology, accident prevention, human factors, and manufacturing/quality.

Below is a list of Terry Kelly’s selected publications. For more information on each publication, please visit the Parks College Publication Database

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. Download Paper Here
  • 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