William Kelly is a corporate associate in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Prior to law school, he co-founded a series of technology startups and was named a "Top 10 Entrepreneur Under 30" in the Washington, D.C., area. He then worked as a film producer and editor in New York City, before becoming Director of Operations at an advertising agency. He also served as the Executive Director of a technology R&D company, and as a consultant and grant manager for the National Science Foundation. His research focused on video indexing and search, big data, online education, and cybersecurity.


Thought Leadership


Co-Author, “Automated Indexing and Search of Video Data in Large Collections with inVideo,” Sensors & Transducers, Vol. 215, Issue 8, pp. 27-34, August 2017

Co-Author, “Smart Cities Architecture and Security in Cybersecurity Education,” Journal of The Colloquium of Information Systems Security Education, 2016

Co-Author, “Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems Architecture and Cybersecurity in Smart Cities." Journal of The Colloquium of Information Systems Security Education, 2016

Co-Author, “Video-Based Big Data Analytics in Cyberlearning,” Journal of Learning Analytics, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 36-26, 2016

Co-Author, “A Novel Threat Analysis and Risk Mitigation Approach to Prevent Cyber Intrusions,” Journal of Colloquium for Information System Security Education, Vol. 3, Issue 1, 157-174, 2015

Co-Author, “Data Security and Threat Modeling for Smart City Infrastructure,” Proc. of IEEE Cyber Security of Smart Cities, Industrial Control System and Communications, 1-6, 2015

Co-Author, “Using Novel Video Indexing and Data Analytics Tool to Enhance Interactions in E-Learning,” In Proceedings of Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 1919-1927, 2015

Co-Author, “inVideo - A Novel Big Data Analytics Tool for Video Data Analytics and Its Use in Enhancing Interactions in Cybersecurity Online Education,” WIT Transactions on Information and Communication Technologies, Vol. 60. pp. 321-328, 2015

Co-Author, “inVideo – A Learning Analytic Tool for Unstructured Video Data with Applications to Massive Online Open Courseware (MOOCs).” Kelly and Seppala (Eds.), Principles for the Design of Massive Online Open Courseware

Speaking Engagements

“inVideo – An Automatic Video Index and Search Engine for Large Video Collections,” In Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Advances in Signal, Image and Video Processing, Barcelona, Spain, May 2017

“Users’ Intellectual Product: Issues of Beneficence and Justice. Human Subjects’ Protections in the Digital Age: IRB, Privacy and Big Data,” National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia, 2014

“inVideo – A Novel Big Data Analytics Tool for Video Data Analytics,” IEEE/NIST IT Pro Conference, 2014

“The Business of Massive Open Online Courses,” National Science Foundation Big Data in Education Conference, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2013

“Analysis of the Policy Challenges for Educational Entrepreneurship in Science Education,” National Science Foundation Race to the Top Conference, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 2011


"Top 10 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in the DC Area," Northern Virginia Magazine, 2010

"Top 100 Student Companies in America," Kairos Society Global Summit, 2010

1st Place, UVA McIntire School of Commerce Business Plan Competition, 2009

1st Place, Virginia Tech Business Plan Competition, 2009

2nd Place, Best Use of a Partner API, Fintech Hackathon, 2013

3rd Place, UVA Entrepreneurship Cup Grand Championship

4th Place, Princeton University Tiger Launch, 2009


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2021Texas


  • University of Virginia School of LawJ.D.2021

    Assistant Managing Editor, Virginia Journal of International Law

    President, Student Legal Forum

    Vice President of Marketing, Lone Star Lawyers

    Actor/Singer/Writer, The Libel Show

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityB.S., Finance, Insurance, and Business Law2011

    Chief Justice of the Honor Board & Treasurer, Delta Tau Delta

    Treasurer, Entrepreneur Society at Virginia Tech

    Treasurer, Naturally Sharp