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Interdisciplinary team wins Department of Energy Optimization Challenge

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

By Miranda Buckheit

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A team of Penn State researchers is part of the first round of winners for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. Presented by the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA‑E), the selective competition presents challenges for the development of optimization algorithms for a crucial set of operational problems faced by the United States’ power grid.

Song to step down as director of the EMS Energy Institute

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

By Jennifer Matthews

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Chunshan Song has announced that he will step down as director of the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Energy Institute (EI) and will be leaving Penn State, effective June 30.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions using microwave plasma technology

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

By Jennifer Matthews

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A multi-disciplinary collaborative relationship, developed between Penn State EMS Energy Institute researchers and a Pittsburgh-based start-up company, may hold the answer to reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while also paving the way to disrupt the chemical and material industries.

EI celebrates 2020 Wilson Awards winners

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.–The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ annual celebration of accomplishments was hosted virtually on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

The following EI students, affiliates, and researchers were honored:​

EMSAGE Laureates 

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Academy for Global Experience (EMSAGE) is the college’s signature undergraduate recognition program. Select students are recognized with the distinctive designation of EMSAGE Laureate. 

Two faculty members join the Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Two researchers have become cofunded faculty members in the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE): Hee Jeung Oh, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, and Hilal Ezgi Toraman, an assistant professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences with a joint appointment in the College of Engineering.

University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research Announces Round 6 RFP

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.  –  On April 15, 2020, UCFER released its sixth request for proposals (RFP) to the member Coalition. The RFP will close on June 10, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST. The proposals received will be reviewed by the Technical Advisory Council, Core Competency Board, external reviewers, and the Executive Council.

The four research topic areas with roughly $3.77M in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) are as follows:

Zuleima Karpyn appointed associate dean in College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

By Patricia Craig

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Zuleima Karpyn, professor of petroleum and natural gas, has been appointed associate dean of graduate education and research in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Karpyn will start in her new role effective July 1. 

Shedding light on the rules that govern the U.S. power grid

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

By Kevin Sliman

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Penn State researcher is a part of a multi-university team that received a $513,000 grant to study the decision-making process that governs how people in the U.S. receive electricity. Seth Blumsack, professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and director of the Center for Energy Law and Policy, is co-leading an interdisciplinary team investigating how the rules for the power grid are made and how they affect the real world.

Energy, chemical engineering professor receives fellowship

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

By Jamie Oberdick

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Hilal Ezgi Toraman, Penn State assistant professor of energy engineering and chemical engineering, has been named the Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker Jr. Faculty Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering and Fuel Science Program. The fellowship was awarded to Toraman for her contributions to teaching, research and service in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. 

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