The EMS Energy Institute at Penn State is a leading research and development organization focused on energy science and engineering. The Institute is located within the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and is one of Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment.

EMS Energy Institute Office Staff photo

From solving challenges related to fossil fuels to exploring new technologies for alternative energy, we are involved in almost every aspect of energy research. We are committed to diversifying the nation’s energy sources, improving the efficiency by which we generate and use that energy, and expanding the use of our indigenous resources while relying less on non-domestic sources of energy. In order to realize our vision to be the leading research hub for energy science and technology development, the Institute has developed a mission that encompasses four main objectives.

  • Produce advanced energy research
  • Enable the development of novel energy technologies
  • Engages graduate and undergraduate students in energy research
  • Promote energy-related outreach by providing technical support to industries in the U.S. and abroad

Statistics as of Fall 2016

EMS Energy Institute Statistics
9 research programs

over 2,097 publications

EMS Energy Institute Personnel statistics pie chart of 37 PIs & faculty affiliates, 26 research faculty & students, 43 students, & 12 staff employees.



 ~3,500 citations per year

EMS Energy Institute students per country breakdown with 3 from Australia, 9 from China, 1 from Egypt, 8 from India, 2 from Iran, 1 from Saudi Arabia, 1 from South Korea, 1 from Thailand, 1 from the United Arab Emirates, 14 from USA, & 1 from Venezuela.





3  buildings

Publications by category bar graph

* Publications can appear in multiple categories.

28% female students      72% male students

Source of EMS Energy Institute Funding pie chart with $9.7M in awards in FY15/16.