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Penn State launches Center for Critical Minerals

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Posted from Penn State News

Patricia Craig
May 29, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Edward Steidle, former dean of Penn State’s College of Mineral Industries, the predecessor of the present College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, wrote these visionary words in 1952: “American industry will be faced not only with a lack of raw materials at home, but also with the difficulty of obtaining supplies abroad.”

Those words still ring true today, and in response Penn State is launching a new center, the Center for Critical Minerals.

NETL Director Visits Energy Institute

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Ahead of Penn State Energy Days 2019, NETL Director Brian Anderson visited the University to spend time with EMS Energy Institute faculty and staff members discussing NETL’s vision and the Energy Institute’s research.

Institutes of Energy and the Environment announces seed grant recipients

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Republished from Penn State Today News, written by Victoria M. Indivero

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The 2018–19 Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grant recipients have been awarded to 18 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State.

IEE established a Seed Grant Program in 2013 to foster basic and applied research addressing IEE’s research themes. Over the previous rounds, IEE has awarded over $2.7 million to 104 interdisciplinary projects with investigators from at least 15 Penn State colleges and campuses.

Mining engineering students learn valuable skills through mine rescue contest

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Shared from Penn State News

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On March 30, Penn State hosted the SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration) Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue contest. Teams from Penn State, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, West Virginia University, and the University of Kentucky competed throughout the morning in mock mine-hazard scenarios.

Researcher to study Earth’s subsurface stress during oil and gas production

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ashley Nottingham
March 12, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State researcher Amin Mehrabian was recently awarded a $110,000 grant from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund to study subsurface stress in hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Creating and Running a Circle of Excellence

Thursday, March 14, 2019

In late January the EMS Energy Institute offices experienced a small flood that damaged computers, paperwork, and almost displaced administrative assistant Kelly Rhoades from her office. OPP provided large plastic sheets to cover desks overnight to prevent further damage; however, with Rhoades’ ceiling still leaking water, she continued to work under the tarps to coordinate faculty and administrative areas across campus to ensure faculty research proposals were submitted on time.

Marone awarded Louis Nèel Medal by European Geosciences Union

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

By: Kacie Lee

Chris Marone has been selected to receive the European Geosciences Union’s 2019 Louis Néel Medal. The medal is awarded to individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in rock magnetism, rock physics and geomaterials.

Understanding physics could lead to big gains in shale oil recovery

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

David Kubarek
January 14, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Oil companies are missing out on vast sums of recoverable oil in unconventional reservoirs, according to Penn State experts.

The researchers propose that companies are applying tried-and-true transport mechanisms for conventional oil extraction but are hitting recovery stumbling blocks because they are not accounting for the difference in physics found at unconventional reservoirs. Their research was published online in December in the Society of Petroleum Engineers' Journal.

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