In 2013 the EMS Energy Institute began a seminar series to host talks on clean energy technology and policy, especially in the areas of fossil fuels and biomass. Energy Exchange, as the series is called, is part of the Institute’s outreach mission. Each lecture focuses on a highly relevant energy topic and the speakers are from Penn State as well as leading energy companies, government agencies, and other universities.

Each semester we host between six and eight speakers attracting faculty, research staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students from various University departments. This series provides an opportunity to bring research partners and potential research partners to campus to meet our faculty and students and tour our facilities. In addition, the series benefits Penn State students by giving them a space to talk with leaders in energy research about their background, their current work, the job market, and more. We host student lunches with the external speakers to encourage a more in-depth discussion in an informal atmosphere.

In the first three semesters the Institute has hosted the series, speakers have included individuals from Praxair, DuPont, Siemens Energy, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, among others. Topics have touched on a variety of resources, including coal, oil, natural gas, and biomass fuels, and have covered topics from combustion and gas turbines to carbon dioxide emissions and energy policy. The series has been very successful and has attracted a varied audience of Penn State researchers and community members.

The Energy Exchange seminars are co-sponsored by the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. For more information on future dates and speakers, visit the Energy Exchange section of our website, We are actively looking for speakers for the next two semesters. If you are interested in giving a lecture or have a contact suggestion, pease e-mail

Mark your calendar for Fall 2014 dates!

  • September 10, 2014 - Terry Engelder, Penn State
  • September 24, 2014 - George Guthrie, Department of Energy, NETL
  • October 8, 2014 - TBA
  • October 22, 2014 - Harold Schobert, Schobert International, LCC/Penn State
  • November 7, 2014 - Deborah Adams, International Energy Agencysillouette of speaker
  • November 19, 2014 - TBA
  • December 3, 2014 - Timothy Johnson, Corning, Inc.