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Steel: Where is it Going and Where has it Been?

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Energy Institute was fortunate to welcome a Penn State and College of Earth and Mineral Sciences alumnus, Brandie Sebastian, to the microphone for this week’s Energy Exchange. Brandie Sebastian, formerly Murphy, is the Life Cycle Assessment Manager for the Steel Recycling Institute headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. With excitement in her eyes and Penn State nostalgia on her mind, Sebastian dug into her presentation: “Energy & Steel: A Life Cycle Perspective.” 

Workshop on Sustainable Electric Power Systems

Monday, November 2, 2015

The energy infrastructure, and specifically the sustainable energy power systems and markets, have come to confrontation with new and broader challenges than ever faced before. Dr. Uday V. Shanbhag and Dr. Mort D. Webster are bringing together academics from within and without Penn State to tackle these tough questions and discuss the future of sustainable energy systems and markets.

Bigger and Better: Zuleima Karpyn @ Energy Exchange

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


The Energy Institute’s own Dr. Zuleima Karpyn took center stage at this week’s Energy Exchange. Dr. Karpyn presented the “Engineering Applications of X-ray Microtomography Imaging,” while introducing the newly minted microCT scanner located in the Institute. In a dimly lit room full of colleagues and students, Dr. Karpyn educated the crowd with high-quality images and content produced from the new scanner.

Torsten Clemens and the Implementation of Polymer Flooding

Friday, October 2, 2015

            The fall 2015 Energy Exchange series hosted another outstanding industry expert on the morning of Thursday, October 1st. Torsten Clemens, a Senior Reservoir Engineering Adviser currently with OMV Exploration & Production, educated the crowd on the implementation of polymer flooding in a mature oil field, including the various steps to reaching full implementation, as well as the challenges faced both by industry scientists and the corporations funding them.

Dr. Chunshan Song Gives Insight Into Future of Carbon Capture and the Long Term Benefits

Monday, September 28, 2015

Dr. Chunshan Song spoke to an attentive crowd of graduate students, faculty members and researchers on Tuesday, September 22 at the Millennium Café about his research surrounding the future of CO2 capture.

Dr. Song’s short presentation, given to a standing-room-only crowd, gave insight into the future of CO2 capture and the beneficial, long-term impact more efficient CO2 capture can have on the world’s dependence on fossil fuel. Capturing CO2 and converting it into chemicals, materials, and fuels using renewable energy, is an important path for sustainable development.

O'Connor Breaks Down the Hot Section

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
“The role of gas power in power generation is changing,” Jacqueline O’Connor exclaimed at Wednesday’s Energy Exchange seminar. O’Connor presented an overview of the current state of combustion engine power generation, described the current dilemmas facing the industry and, via her research, prescribed potential solutions to these problems.

Millennium Cafe Presentation - “Soot Source Identification by Laser Derivatization” by Chethan Gaddam

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Millennium Café is a weekly dialog catalyzed by coffee, snacks and two diverse research presentations (<10 min) involving students, faculty, and staff. This is an opportunity to spend time "outside the box" developing new ideas and leveraging the collective expertise of the group to innovate.

Join us this Tuesday, July 7 at 10:00 a.m. in the 3rd floor Café Commons of the Millennium Science Complex for a presentation by Chethan Gaddam

EMS Energy Institute helps to fund the new Center for Sustainable Electric Power Systems

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Story shared from Pamela Krewson Wertz and Penn State News

Penn State launches Center for Sustainable Electric Power Systems with funding help from EMS Energy Institute