Penn State Energy and Environment News

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

The man behind Philadelphia's green future

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When people see Marcus Ferreira tending to urban street trees or planting pollinator gardens in Philadelphia, they often ask how he gained his expertise. He credits the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward volunteer program, which he joined in 2021. Since then, he has recruited about a dozen other volunteers through word-of-mouth recommendations.

Radio clip from WESA-FM (Radio)

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This radio segment mentions expertise from William Burgos, professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Growing Impact: Evaluating lighting efficiency (Preview)

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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.

IEE seed grants awarded to 11 interdisciplinary projects

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Eleven interdisciplinary research teams have been awarded funding through Penn State's Institute of Energy and the Environment’s Seed Grant Program for 2024.