Kelly Sims

Kelly Sims

Graduate Research Associate

Phone: (865) 576-9366
Fax: (865)  241-6261


MS, Geography, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, TN (May 2014)
-Thesis: “Integrating Social Media in the Development of a Special Event Population Dynamics Model”
BA, Geography, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, TN (2009)
     -minor: Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management

Professional Experience

2014 - Present
Post-Master’s Research Associate
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

2012 – 2014
Graduate Research Associate
University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

2009 – 2012
Post-Bachelor's Research Associate
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

Spring 2009
Higher Education Research Experience (HERE) Fellowship
Oak Ridge National Laboratory,


Jochem, W., K. Sims, E. Bright, M. Urban, A. Rose, P. Coleman, & B. Bhaduri. 2013. Estimating Traveler Populations at Airport and Cruise Terminals for Population Distribution and Dynamics. Natural Hazards (68): 1325-1342

Awards, Honors, and Certifications

  • Student Publication Award, University of Tennessee – Knoxville Geography Department 2012-2013
  • Cum Lade, University of Tennessee – Knoxville (2006, 2008)

Professional Interests

  • GIS, remote sensing, spatial modeling, population

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