IEE co-funds a group of extraordinary faculty dedicated to interdisciplinary research. These faculty have their academic homes in more than 30 departments across the University. They help Penn State to realize our commitment to interdisciplinary research on critical energy and environmental challenges.
|Researcher Name||Title||Research Summary|
|Charles Anderson||Eberly College of Science||Associate Professor of Biology||
Our lab studies plant cell wall dynamics, with the goal of informing efforts to produce sustainable food, materials, and bioenergy from p
|Jennifer Baka||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Assistant Professor of Geography||Energy geographer interested in understanding the interconnected political and biophysical processes shaping and shaped by systems of energy|
|Tom Baker||College of Agricultural Sciences||Distinguished Professor of Entomology||
Insect-to-insect or plant-to-insect chemical communication via olfaction, neuroethology, heliothine moth sex pheromone and host plant vol
|Seth Blumsack||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Professor of Energy Policy and Economics||
Energy and electric power systems; regulation and deregulation of network industries; congestion pricing and management; complex systems
|Elizabeth W. Boyer||College of Agricultural Sciences||IEE Assistant Director - Water Resources||
Coupled hydrological, ecological, & biogeochemical processes that affect streamflow and water quality; design of land management prog
|Kathryn Brasier||College of Agricultural Sciences||Professor of Rural Sociology||
Collective action, networks and public participation related to agricultural, natural resource, and environmental issues; social and econ
|Xun Cao||College of the Liberal Arts||Associate Professor of Political Science||
International and comparative political economy, environmental and energy politics, network analysis, and spatial models.
|Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri||College of Engineering||Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering||Power system dynamics and control, wide-area monitoring systems, application of power electronics in power systems, online system identifica|
|Ismaila Dabo||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering||
My group develops and applies first-principles and multiscale models to study materials for energy applications.
|Donald Davis||College of Agricultural Sciences||Professor of Plant Pathology||
Health of hardwood forests, hardwood tree fungal pathogens and etiology of hardwood tree diseases, susceptibility of forest plants to ozo
|Kenneth Davis||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Professor of Meteorology||
Research interests include boundary layer meteorology, terrestrial carbon and hydrologic cycles, remote sensing using lidar, flux measure
|Kristina Douglass||College of the Liberal Arts||Assistant Professor of Anthropology||Douglass’ current work investigates human-environment interaction in Madagascar.|
|Jonathan Duncan||College of Agricultural Sciences||Assistant Professor of Hydrology||Research includes work in water quality, biogeochemistry, hydrology, ecohydrology, watershed management, geomorphology, environmental scienc|
|Roman Engel-Herbert||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering||
Current research interests are the growth of binary and complex oxides using thin film deposition techniques and their integration with c
|Miriam Freedman||Eberly College of Science||Associate Professor of Chemistry||
Heterogeneous processes in the environment, and more specifically those related to atmospheric science; interaction of radiation with aer
|James D. Freihaut||College of Engineering||Professor of Architectural Engineering||
Indoor air quality and building science, enclosed space air quality issues, system constraints on air treatment/filtration solutions.
|Jose D. Fuentes||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Professor of Meteorology||
Atmospheric/air chemistry; boundary layer, turbulence and carbon cycling; climate; and earth-atmosphere interactions, including pollutant
|Noel Chris Giebink||College of Engineering||Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering||
Research interests highlight the combination of organic and inorganic materials in optoelectronic and photonic devices, with a particular
|Adam Glick||College of Agricultural Sciences||Professor of Veterinary Science||
Our research focus is on mechanisms of cancer - a development in squamous epithelia.
|Christopher Gorski||College of Engineering||Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering||
Research utilizes advanced spectroscopic and electrochemical approaches to understand the mechanisms and thermodynamics of environmental
|Ying Gu||Eberly College of Science||Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||
Cellulose biosynthesis in plants: identification and characterization of novel components in cellulose synthase complexes to increase t
|Michael Hickner||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Professor of Materials Science and Engineering||
Researches the connection between the molecular identity, nanophase structure, and the resulting transport properties in polymeric materi
|Peter Hudson||Eberly College of Science||Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences||
Explores disease dynamics in three main study areas: epidemiology and population dynamics, heterogeneities and parasite interactions, wi
|Scott Isard||College of Agricultural Sciences||Professor of Aerobiology||
Research interests include aerobiology, movement and dispersal of organisms, meteorology, and field measurement focusing on the biologica
|Sarah Ivory||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Assistant Professor of Geosciences||Palynology, Biogeography, Paleoclimate, Paleoecology|
|Michael Janik||College of Engineering||Professor of Chemical Engineering||
Atomistic modeling approaches to study systems of relevance for advanced energy conversion technology.
|Gregory S. Jenkins||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Professor of Meteorology||
Atmospheric/Air Chemistry: Biomass burning, soils and lightning in Africa provide natural and anthropogenic sources of o
|Jason Kaye||College of Agricultural Sciences||Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry||
Research focuses on changing biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems, particularly interested in the nitrogen cycle.
|Klaus Keller||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Professor of Geosciences||
Research interests include climate change, Bayesian inference, decision-making under uncertainty and climate risk management.
|Armen Kemanian||College of Agricultural Sciences||Assistant Professor of Production Systems and Modeling||
Develops and applies comprehensive agricultural and natural systems simulation models with the goal of improving productivity and environ
|Todd LaJeunesse||Eberly College of Science||Associate Professor of Biology||
Focuses on the evolutionary ecology of mutualistic symbioses, mainly coral-dinoflagellate associations.
|Ben Lear||Eberly College of Science||Associate Professor of Chemistry||
Current research focuses on electron transfer for solar energy capture, molecular conductance and dynamics of electronic coupling.
|Li Li||College of Engineering||Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering||
Research focuses on understanding coupled multiphase flow and multicomponent reactive transport processes relevant to geological CO2 sequ
|Chiara Lo Prete||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Assistant Professor of Energy Economics||Research interests include energy industry restructuring, pricing issues and market design in the United States.|
|Bruce Logan||College of Engineering||Evan Pugh and Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering||
Research interests include the sustainability of water infrastructure; bioenergy production such as biological hydrogen production and mi
|Jonathan Mathews||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Professor Energy and Mineral Engineering||
Research interests inlude CO2 sequestration in coal, molecular modeling of coal/char, coal to liquids research, and structural representa
|Jessica Myrick||Bellisario College of Communications||Associate Professor of Media Studies||In general, Myrick's research examines the role of different emotions in shaping audience responses to health, science and environmental mes|
|Hee Jeung Oh||College of Engineering||Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering||
Design, synthesis, processing and transport, and structural characterization of polymers and composite materials for energy-efficient sep
|Gregory Pavlak||College of Engineering||Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering||Pavlak’s research interests focus on increasing the intelligence and autonomy of building energy systems and generation technologies.|
|Juliet Pinto||Bellisario College of Communications||Associate Professor of Communications|
|Sandeep Prabhu||College of Agricultural Sciences||Professor of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology||
Research interests include regulation of gene expression by oxidative, glycative and hypertonic stressors; molecular mechanisms underlyin
|Heather Preisendanz||College of Agricultural Sciences||Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering||
Research interests center around the fate, transport, and impacts of emerging contaminants.
|Jason Rasgon||College of Agricultural Sciences||Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology||
Vector arthropods and the pathogens they transmit, with emphasis on release of genetically-modified mosquitoes for disease control, patho
|John Regan||College of Engineering||Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering||
Research interests include biological processes with an emphasis on nutrient removal, regrowth in drinking water distribution systems, fe
|Tom Richard||College of Agricultural Sciences||Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment||
Applies fundamental engineering science to microbial ecosystems, developing innovative strategies for a more sustainable agriculture and
|Robert Rioux||College of Engineering||Professor of Chemical Engineering||
Research interests include heterogeneous catalysis, catalyst design and synthesis, time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy of condensed systems,
|Howard Salis||College of Agricultural Sciences||Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Biological Engineering||
Focuses on the development of rational design methods for engineering synthetic biological systems - metabolic pathways, genetic circuits
|Sven Schmitz||College of Engineering||Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering||
Aerodynamics, wind energy and rotorcraft aeromechanics.
|Feifei Shi||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Assistant Professor||Shi’s work lies at the intersection of surface chemistry, material science, and mechanical engineering, with emphasis on integrated energy s|
|Erica Smithwick||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Professor of Geography||
Research is at the interface of landscape and ecosystem ecology, focusing on the influence of spatial patterns on ecosystem function with
|Chunshan Song||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science and Professor of Chemical Engineering||
Research interests include catalysis in fuel processing for ultra-clean fuels and fuel cells; reforming of hydrocarbon and alcohol fuels
|Hilal Ezgi Toraman||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Assistant Professor of Energy Engineering and Chemical Engineering||Chemical reaction engineering with a focus on developing new processes, materials, and technologies for efficient and sustainable use of ene|
|Adri van Duin||College of Engineering||Professor of Mechanical Engineering||
Research interests include atomistic-scale simulations of chemical reactions, reactive force fields (ReaxFF), quantum chemistry, combusti
|Randy Vander Wal||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering||
Research focuses on nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes, onions, capsules, metal oxide semiconductors, noble and transition metal ca
|Donghai Wang||College of Engineering||Professor of Mechanical Engineering||
Research interests include design and synthesis of nanostructured functional materials and clean energy technologies including Li batteri
|Mort Webster||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering||Specializing in risk analysis, uncertainty analysis, and decision-making under uncertainty, Dr.|
|Peter Wilf||College of Earth and Mineral Sciences||Professor of Geosciences||
Research interests include paleobotany, paleobiology and paleoclimatology.
|Douglas Wrenn||College of Agricultural Sciences||Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics||
Focused on environmental economics, urban and land use economics, applied economics, nonmarket valuation, and policy analysis.
|Jeff Yanosky||College of Medicine||Associate Professor of Epidemiology||
Research interests focus on the statistical modeling of air pollutant concentrations, including fine and coarse mode particulate matter,
|Katherine Y. Zipp||College of Agricultural Sciences||Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics||Research interests include: environmental and resource economics, land-use economics, spatial modeling, joint ecological-economic modeling a|