Dr Kennedy obtained her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia 2007. In 2008 Dr Kennedy received a CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive postdoctoral fellowship which she undertook in the division of Molecular and Health Technologies (now part of the Manufacturing ). Dr Kennedy became a Research Scientist in 2013, Senior Research Scientist in 2015 and is currently the leader of the new "Active Integrated Matter Future Science Platform" at CSIRO.
Active Integrated Matter, or AIM, is a new CSIRO future science platform. AIM has a focus on identifying advances at the intersection of six scientific disciplines; materials, physical processing, sensors, robotics, informatics and autonomous systems. Dr Kennedy's vision for this research platform is to drive towards 2030 science and technology needs in these domains.
Dr Kennedy's individual research interest is in coupling automated robotic techniques, rapid screening methods and Synchrotron characterisation to fast track materials discovery in porous and catalytic nanomaterials.