Penn State Energy and Environment News

Trustees shown strategies to strengthen Penn State’s research enterprise


Penn State’s multi-dimensional approach to research has allowed the University to experience steady growth and to remain aligned with national priorities in a variety of research areas. Lora Weiss, senior vice president for Research, presented “Strategies for Strengthening the Research Enterprise at Penn State” to the Board of Trustees’ Committee on Academic Affairs, Research and Student Life meeting today (Sept. 16).

State-driven emissions controls only slightly more expensive


Sometimes, doing things close to home may be more feasible than doing them on a grand scale, even if they cost a bit more. This may be the case for controlling carbon emissions, according to a team of researchers who looked at state-led efforts and found them only slightly more expensive than federally mandated ones.

Concrete world: Engineers to improve reinforced steel to contain nuclear waste


Metal corrosion is a problem across infrastructure in all fields, according to Juan Pablo Gevaudan, assistant professor of architectural engineering and principal investigator who received a three-year, $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program to further explore the degradation science of concrete as it applies to nuclear waste.

Seminar series featuring women in energy research to launch on Sept. 16


The first two seminars in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering's Celebrating Women in Energy and Water Research lecture series are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16, featuring Joan B. Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University.

Opportunity: Call for Fall 2021 ICDS Symposium Poster Session

Join the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences virtually October 6 and 7 as we bring together researchers from around the U.S. to discuss data, equity, reproducibility, and other topics related to fairness more. Any student—graduate or undergraduate—may submit a research poster. The research should have significant data science or computational science component to be considered. Faculty may submit posters but won’t be eligible for poster judging or prizes. Deadline: September 22, 2021

Opportunity: Fund It Forward Student Video Challenge

The Science Coalition (TSC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities. It is dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in fundamental scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, spur innovation and drive American competitiveness. (TSC) is hosting a video challenge for students to tell their stories about why science matters.

Proposals for energy, environment research projects being accepted


The Institutes of Energy and the Environment announced its 2021–22 Seed Grant Program, inviting researchers throughout the University to submit proposals by Nov. 19.

Learn about undergraduate research at this series of fall Zoom workshops


Students who are interested in learning more about undergraduate research, including how to get started, can attend a series of online workshops during the fall 2021 semester.

New faculty named Electrochemical Society and Toyota Young Investigator Fellow


The Electrochemical Society has named Christopher Arges, who joined the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering as an associate professor on Aug. 15, as one of five 2021-22 ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship for Projects in Green Energy Technology recipients.

Penn State forms new carbon emissions task force


Since 2006, Penn State has cut university-wide carbon emissions by 35%. However, there's more work to be done.

Penn State's first Schlumberger fellow aims to 3D-print a sustainable future


Eden Binega is Penn State's first Schlumberger Foundation fellow, which funds women from developing countries to pursue their doctorates or post-doctoral research in science, technology, engineering or math. Her studies are focused on 3D printing sustainable residential buildings, with the plan to eventually implement the work in her home country of Ethiopia.

Penn State nuclear engineering to open new collaboration, learning space


The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Nuclear Innovation Commons on Sept. 17. The commons will serve as a teaching and collaboration hub for students, faculty and staff within the department.