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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.

Re-Imagining Energy: Catching Carbon

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Possibilities for capturing, storing, and using carbon dioxide instead of releasing it into the atmosphere

As the land-grant university for the energy-rich state of Pennsylvania, it isn’t surprising that Penn State counts among its core strengths a broad and deep expertise in energy-related research. Today, in areas from materials science to policy, from environmental chemistry to architectural and electrical engineering, the range and quality of our research make Penn State a world leader in energy research.

Zhu recognized by Society of Exploration Geophysicists with Karcher Award

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

By: Gabrielle Stewart, republished from Penn State News

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Tieyuan Zhu, assistant professor of geophysics in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) at Penn State, has been awarded the 2018 J. Clarence Karcher Award by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). He was recognized at the society’s annual meeting, which was held Oct. 14-19, in Anaheim, California.

Penn State to host conference focused on geomodeling food, energy, water nexus

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

For the first time in 10 years, the Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) will be hosted in the United States. Penn State will host the 20th annual conference August 10-16, 2019 on the University Park campus. The conference will include such topics as geomathematics, geostatistics, geoinformatics and geomodeling, with a special focus on geomodeling issues at the intersection of food, water and energy. 

Pisupati elected a 2018 American Chemical Society Fellow

Thursday, October 11, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sarma Pisupati, professor of energy and mineral engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) at Penn State, was elected a 2018 Fellow by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Pisupati was one of 51 scientists selected as part of the 2018 class of ACS Fellows. He was honored during the society’s fall national meeting held this past August in Boston.