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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. 

CDC grant to focus on effects of nano-coal dust on lung disease in coal miners

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State researchers in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering received a $400,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to research coal dust in underground mines and its effect on lung disease in miners.

Inhaling coal mine dust is a major occupational hazard for coal miners and is known to cause several types of respiratory diseases, with coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP), often called black lung, the most common.

Workshop focuses on gas flooding, chemically-tuned water flooding and surfactant-polymer flooding

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

By Jennifer Matthews

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—The Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Joint Industry Project (JIP) held its 14th Annual Workshop on November 22 on the University Park campus, including a dinner on November 21.

The EOR JIP focuses on industrial supported research topics in gas flooding, chemically-tuned water flooding and alkali-surfactant-polymer flooding, along with various hybrid techniques. Current funded research projects use analytical, experimental and numerical methods supervised by five Penn State faculty members. 

Andrew Kleit receives USAEE Senior Fellow Award

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Andrew Kleit, professor of energy and environmental economics at Penn State recently received a United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) Senior Fellow Award at the USAEE annual conference in Denver, held in November.

Energy and mineral engineering researchers receive best paper award from SPE

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

By Ashley Nottingham

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Hamid Emami-Meybodi and Michael Cronin were recently awarded the 2019 Cedric K. Ferguson Medal, and Russell Johns was awarded the 2019 Cedric K. Ferguson Certificate from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for the best paper published in 2018 in a SPE journal. They were presented with the international awards at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Calgary, Canada.

Chevron grant funds research on mineral behavior in rock faults

Friday, November 8, 2019

By Jennifer Matthews

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A team of Penn State researchers will soon have a better understanding of the deformation properties and poromechanical behavior of rock samples containing anhydrite, thanks to a $450,000 Chevron grant. 

Improving mine ventilation focus of $1.25 million grant

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

By Matthew Carroll

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Improving ventilation in underground mines with large openings is the focus of a new project funded by the Center for Disease Control’s Office of Mine Safety and Health Research.

Penn State researchers received a five-year, $1.25 million grant to study ventilation systems used in these mines, which account for about 60% of metal and nonmetal mines in the United States.  

Energy and mineral engineering to host annual research showcase Oct. 3

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Posted from Penn State News
Patricia Craig
May 29, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering will host its annual research showcase, “Rising to the Challenge,” from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Graduate State College Regency Ballroom in State College.

The showcase is a networking opportunity for students and industry leaders to explore research taking place in the department.