Penn State Energy and Environment News

Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones to step down


Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones has announced he will step down Aug. 15 and transition into a new role as special assistant to the president and return as a professor to the College of Engineering. 

Will buying a new electric Ford F-150 Lightning help save the world from climate change?

| by Bruce Logan

The Ford F-150 is the most popular vehicle in the U.S., so interest is high on the electric vehicle "Lightning" model. But are EVs really better for the environment than internal combustion engine vehicles?

Penn State wins third place at Solar Decathlon Design Challenge


A team of engineering and architecture students from Penn State brought home third place in the Retrofit Housing Division of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2022 Design Challenge Competition on April 23 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

Extra dimension doubles power of standalone antenna system


New, stretchable 3D microstrip “patch” antennas with asymmetric arches perform better than 3D dipole antennas for on-body sensing, according to a new Nano Energy paper. 

Royalty payments, drilling activity on the rise in Marcellus Shale region of Pa.


The natural gas industry is showing signs of revitalization in north-central and northeastern Pennsylvania, a Penn State expert says. This article quotes Thomas Murphy, director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

Opportunity: Clean Energy Technology Showcase of the Global Clean Energy Action Forum

To bring the latest technology solutions and novel innovations to the world stage, the GCEAF seeks engaging technology demonstrations and interactive exhibits to help attendees increase their awareness of technology solutions that can help them meet their clean energy goals.

Energy 'crisis' brings engineering students face-to-face leadership experience


Student teams assumed the role of company leaders of a fictitious company as part of the Energy Crisis Leadership Challenge, a project designed to emulate the decision-making and stress of an unfolding crisis and force students to manage contradictory objectives from diverse stakeholders.

Institutes partner on seed grants to promote computational climate research


Penn State faculty investigating the climate are encouraged to apply for the IEE-RISE 2022 Climate Seed Grant Program to receive consulting time from the RISE (Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineers) team.

Penn State Harrisburg to offer new doctoral degree in engineering systems


Penn State Harrisburg will offer a new doctoral program in engineering systems beginning in fall 2022. The program aims to prepare students to pursue careers in research and development, industry, government, and academia by providing them with interdisciplinary engineering education, critical thinking skills, and research experience.

Novel 3D batteries for EVs can be charged more than 98% in under 10 minutes


When it comes to electric vehicles, the main concern is the range anxiety related to mileage per charge and charging time. Now a company from the U.S. seems to have a solution for charging time. This article mentions Penn State.

Institute hires engineers to help researchers use AI to advance science


Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences announced that two more AI specialists will join the institute’s Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineers team, a team of experts with extensive supercomputing experience and a deep understanding of academic research who are available for project-specific consulting.

Winners announced for inaugural Advanced Instrumentation, Diagnostics and Controls for Applications in Turbomachinery conference


The first international conference on Advanced Instrument, Diagnostics and Controls for Applications in Turbomachinery, held May 22-24 at Penn State, has announced its student winners for technical oral and poster presentations.