The health and safety of Penn State employees and the community are our priority. Many IEE employees who are able to telecommute are doing so until at least May 31. If support is needed, contact our staff directly via phone, email, Microsoft Teams, or email us at​

Health and Safety

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has the latest virus information and tips to keep your body and mind healthy.

Information for Supervisors


On May 19 Penn State began the process of planning a return to research. Researchers should note that while Penn State and IEE are planning a return to research, should COVID-19 conditions worsen we may return to the red phase on short notice. 

Facilities and Services

As of May 19, non-essential research operations remain suspended at the Energy and the Environment Laboratory (EEL) and Land and Water Research Building. While Penn State and IEE plan to return to research, please see The on-campus suspension includes research group laboratories in the EEL building as well as the Energy and Environmental Sustainability Laboratories (EESL):

  • Radiocarbon Lab
  • Water Quality Lab
  • Center for Quantitative Imaging
  • Organics Lab
  • Deployable EESL

Graduate students conducting research for their dissertation or as part of a research assistantship are expected to continue their research activities remotely, in consultation with their faculty advisors.

If you are continuing essential research as defined by the University and require the use of IEE facilities, please contact Tom Richard ( to discuss your situation.

Questions about facilities should go to Alan Witmer ( or Gwen Bryson (

In Case of Emergency

Be sure to verify or update your contact and emergency contact in Workday.


  • All University-affiliated international travel involving students, faculty, and staff is suspended until further notice
  • All University-sponsored domestic air travel involving students, faculty, and staff is suspended through at least June 30, 2020.

Information for Employees


Employees whose jobs allow for telecommuting should do so.

IT Support

IT questions and needs can be sent to Central IT or IEE's Chris Pfeiffer ( In-person support may be requested and scheduled.


Regardless of the size of the meeting or event, all nonessential meetings and events should be canceled, rescheduled or offered virtually through at least Friday, June 19, 2020.

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) will work to update our event calendar as dates, times, formats, and locations change, but please note that our information may be inaccurate during this time period. If you are scheduling/rescheduling/canceling an event that you would like us to update or add to our calendar, please send information to Kevin Sliman (