Become an IEE Affiliate

Affiliates are Penn Staters who have a connection to or an interest in the work being done at and through the Institutes of Energy and the Environment. Faculty and researchers from across Penn State, including the Commonwealth campuses, have become affiliates of IEE.

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Researcher Name Title Research Summary
Charles W. Abdalla College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics

Applied studies on a variety of natural resource development and environmental issues and policies including land use conflicts, water quantity and

Dave Abler College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Regional Economics and Demography

International food and agricultural trade and trade policy, international economic development, resource and environmental economics, and climate c

Marc D. Abrams College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology

Impact of fire exclusion upon species composition in old-growth forests, the varying and complex responses of temperate tree species to environment

James Adair College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Bioengineering

Nanoscale materials and phenomena; electronic, optical and structural property determinations for designer particles and materials; colloid and int

Paul R. Adler College of Agricultural Sciences Research Agronomist

Potential use of marginal croplands for biofuel production; ecology and management of grasslands as well as on life cycle assessment of a range of

Peter Aeschbacher College of Arts and Architecture Associate Professor Landscape Architecture & Architecture

How practitioners and educational institutions engage design in the public interest; how entrepreneurial action in the public realm by groups at th

Dinesh Agrawal College of Engineering Professor of Materials

Interaction of microwaves with matter, the microwave synthesis of specialty ceramic powders and developmental studies of candidate materials for be

Lee Ahern College of Communications Assistant Professor, Advertising/Public Relations

Description, analysis and ethics of strategic messages, primarily in the context of environmental and health communications.

Richard Alley College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences

Mechanisms and possibility of recurrence of abrupt climate change, ice-bed interactions with implications for fast glacier flow and sea-level chang

Theodore R. Alter College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics

Agricultural economics and policy, development economics, public sector economics, community and regional economics, community and rural developmen

Shantu Amin College of Medicine Professor of Pharmacology

Mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis as a tool for developing chemopreventive strategies to reduce the morbidity and mortality from cancer.

Sridhar Anandakrishnan College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Geosciences

Glaciology, reflection seismology, ice stream migration, time-series investigations, polar regions and Antarctic ice sheet studies and Antarctic te

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 plants.

Joel Anstrom College of Engineering Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering

Advanced vehicle systems, specifically hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicle modeling, integration, and testing; and electric drive-based active sa

John Asbury Eberly College of Science Associate Professor of Chemistry

Chemical and structural changes associated with degradation of solid-state electro-active materials such as organic photovoltaics, organic light-em

Sarah Assmann Eberly College of Science Waller Professor of Biology

Molecular and electrophysiological techniques to elucidate the second messenger pathways by which signals such as light and hormones are transduced

Osama Awadelkarim College of Engineering Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Nanotechnology, nanoelectronics, nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), and related nanomaterials including Thin-Film Transistors and Metal-Oxide-Si

Luis Ayala College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Associate Professor, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Natural gas engineering, numerical modeling of unconventional gas reservoirs, performance prediction of gas shale reservoirs and tight sands with r

William Bahnfleth College of Engineering Professor of Architectural Engineering

Thermal storage, district heating and cooling, indoor air quality, building energy modeling and analysis, applications of thermal sciences to build

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 provision
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 volatile mixt

Mary Barbercheck College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Entomology

Biological soil quality and sustainability; impact of agricultural practices on soil biodiversity and function; biology and ecology of entomopatho

Rick Bates College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Professor of Ornamental Horticulture

Profitability and competitiveness of the nursery and Christmas tree industry; improving establishment and survivability of bare-root trees, Christm

Tara Baugher College of Agricultural Sciences Extension Agent, Adams County

Increasing orchard and vineyard sustainability with advanced integrated pest management; retooling the tree fruit and vine crop industries with inn

Iliana Baums Eberly College of Science Associate Professor of Biology

Ecological and evolutionary processes that shape populations of reef-building corals with a focus on adaptive trait variance related to temperature

Deanna Behring College of Agricultural Sciences Director of International Programs, College of Agricultural Sciences

Leading and coordinating international research and educational programs.

Robert D. Berghage College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Professor of Horticulture

Phytoremediation and bioremediation for greenhouse waste and irrigation water.

Philip Bevilacqua Eberly College of Science Professor of Chemistry

Biological chemistry of RNA, characterization of RNA catalysis and folding, characterization of the RNA-dependent regulation of human viral respons

David M. Beyer College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Plant Pathology

Improvement in crop yield and compost substrate efficiencies; spent mushroom compost.

David Bice College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Geosciences

Tectonics, structural geology, paleoclimate, paleoclimate cycles, magnetostratigraphy and impact stratigraphy.

Dave Biddinger College of Agricultural Sciences Tree Fruit Research Entomologist

Integrated pest management programs in tree fruits; evaluation of experimental and registered insecticides and acaricides for control of tree fruit

Ottar Bjornstad College of Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology

Population ecology and population dynamics with particular emphasis on mathematical and computational aspects; disease ecology and biology; outbrea

Brian Black Penn State Altoona Professor of History and Environmental Studies

Landscape and environmental history of North America, particularly in relation to the application and use of technology; cultural history of petrol

David Blandford College of Agricultural Sciences Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Environmental Economics

Effectiveness and efficiency of domestic and international policies on agriculture and natural resources.

Justine Blanford Justine Blanford College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Associate Teaching Professor (Geography) I use big datasets and geospatial technologies and spatial data science methods to address applied research questions across a wide range of topics.
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 and networ

Lisa Bolton Smeal College of Business Associate Professor of Marketing

Judgment and decision-making by managers and consumers, with substantive interests in new products, pricing, risk perceptions, health marketing, ma

Mallika Bose College of Arts and Architecture Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Design/planning pedagogy; urban and non-traditional housing; urban design and development planning; and socio-cultural influences on the built envi

Elizabeth W. Boyer 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 programs &

Victoria Braithwaite College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Fisheries and Biology

Interaction between ecology and cognition; examines how and why animals vary in their cognitive abilities and their behavior.

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