Penn State Energy and Environment News

Penn State 4th in US, 51st globally in 2024 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings


Penn State ranks No. 4 in the United States and No. 51 overall among the top international institutions assessed by the 2024 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. These rankings aim to assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all U.N. member states that look to improve life for all people and protect the planet.

Scarlett Miller named Cocoziello Institute of Real Estate Innovation director


Scarlett Miller, professor of industrial engineering and of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Penn State, was recently appointed director of Penn State’s Cocoziello Institute of Real Estate Innovation.

President Bendapudi helps lead new higher ed council on public-impact research


In collaboration with The Pew Charitable Trusts, Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi is leading a new coalition of university leaders from across the nation to envision the future of public-impact research in the United States that serves the greater good.

Penn State New Kensington chancellor announces retirement


Kevin Snider, who became chancellor of the New Kensington campus in 2008, will leave behind a legacy of innovation, fostering partnerships and community development when he retires from Penn State on Dec. 31.

Ontario Tech University and Penn State sign MOU on engineering studies, research


Researchers in Ontario Tech University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Penn State's College of Engineering have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that taps into the engineering and applied sciences strengths of both institutions. The MOU was initiated by Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles G. Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State, and Moustafa El-Gindy, professor at Ontario Tech University.

Penn State places No. 89 in QS 2025 World University Rankings


The university placed in the top 8% of the more than 1,500 institutions graded.

Penn State moving to regional leadership model for Commonwealth Campuses


With the enrollment period closed for the University’s Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (VSIP), Penn State’s administration is moving forward with its transformation of operations for its Commonwealth Campuses, including a new shared regional administrative model that will create efficiencies across campuses and help reduce expenditures, optimized service teams and a one-time infusion of up to $20 million in additional funding.

Academic Portfolio and Program Review team shares updates, revamped timeline


The Academic Portfolio and Program Review (APPR) project steering committee has shared updates about the project's timeline, teams and goals.  

Transitioning to renewable energy: Challenges and opportunities

| by Nutifafa Yao Doumon

Countries around the world are exploring ways to transition away from fossil fuels. The transition, prompted by carbon emissions that exacerbate climate change, is vast and includes renewables such as solar, wind, and hydro. But is transitioning as simple as choosing renewables for energy?

Two nuclear engineering grad students awarded Department of Energy fellowships


Penn State nuclear engineering graduate students Scout Bucks and Alex Nellis were awarded graduate fellowships from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Nuclear Energy University Program. The fellowships include a $169,000 stipend issued over three years and a summer internship at a DOE lab.

Researchers engineer new approach for controlling thermal emission


If a material absorbs light, it will heat up. That heat must go somewhere, and the ability to control where and how much heat is emitted can protect or even hide such devices as satellites. An international team of researchers, including those from Penn State, has published a novel method for controlling this thermal emission in Science.

Growing Impact: Evaluating lighting efficiency (Preview)


Episode release date: July 1, 2024. Lacking a standard unit for light measurement, scientists devised a spectral sensitivity curve in the early 20th century. This graph, representing an "average human observer," mathematically quantifies light. Though imperfect, it remains the standard today, but an update could significantly improve the energy efficiency of lighting.