International Conference on Coal Science and Technology Registration Opens

Monday, April 15, 2013

- April 15, 2013

Registration for the International Conference on Coal Science and Technology is now open. Visit our website to register. ICCS&T will be held from September 30 - October 3, 2013. The conference has received over 300 submissions for the technical program from researchers in more than 27 countries. Registration cost are $600/Regular and $300/student if you register by July 31.

Communications Student Writes Senior Project on EMS Researcher's Ice Skating Hobby

Monday, April 15, 2013

-Comm Media*

- April 15, 2013

Gareth Mitchell is a geologist. As an associate researcher at Penn State, the 61-year-old can still be found out in the field, collecting samples and doing research on coal. 

“I'm a hands-on kind of fellow," he says. "I don’t mind getting dirty and doing the hard work.” 

He also likes working with his feet. On ice, particularly.

National Honors Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Inducts New Members at Annual Ceremony

Thursday, March 28, 2013

- March 28, 2013

The Penn State Chapter of the national honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, held its annual initiation on Sunday, March 24. The honor society has been housed at the EMS Energy Institute for the last 11 years. Sharon Falcone Miller, Senior Research Associate at the Institute, is the current president, a position that she has held since 2006.

Sijuola Odumabo Receives Award at Graduate Exhibition

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

- March 27, 2013

Sijuola Odumabo, a graduate student in petroleum and natural gas engineering received 3rd place at the 2013 Graduate Exhibition for her poster. The poster, “Gas Flow Hindrance Fracturing Fluid Invasion in Low Permeability Sandstones,” highlights work she is doing at the EMS Energy Institute. Odumabo’s advisor is Zuleima Karpyn, associate professor, petroleum and natural gas engineering.

Penn State's new natural gas center to keep Pa. at forefront of industry

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

-Penn State News

- March 6, 2013

Bringing together one of the largest contingents of natural gas experts in the United States, Penn State has established an Institute for Natural Gas Research (INGaR), which is expected to provide much-needed study into this important form of energy.

Peilin Cao Receives First Place in Poster Session

Monday, February 25, 2013

- February 25, 2013

Peilin Cao, a PhD candidate working in the EMS Energy Institute, received first place for her poster submitted in the Energy and Engineering category at the 2013 CarbonEARTH Carbon Conference. Cao is part of Dr. Zuleima Karpyn’s Flow in Porus Media research group. Cao’s research focuses on wellbore integrity and degradation of well cement under CO2 sequestration conditions.

EMS Energy Institute hosts Michael Klein for Peter H. Given Lecture

Friday, February 22, 2013

- February 22, 2013

On Thursday, February 21, the EMS Energy Institute hosted Michael T. Klein for the 2013 Peter H. Given Lectureship in Coal Science. Klein is currently the Director of the University of Delaware Energy Institute and the Dan Rich Chair of Energy. Previously, he was the dean of engineering and the Board of Governors Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rutgers.

Klein delivered two lectures sponsored by the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. His lecture “Chemical Modeling of Direct Coal Liquefaction” was held at the Institute.

Student Spotlight: Dan Conner - Searching for Sustainable Solutions for Utilizing Wind Energy

Thursday, February 14, 2013


- February 14, 2013

The sun is a source of infinite energy. Atmospheric convection and wind currents are driven perpetually as sunlight warms the earth - the challenge is harnessing as much wind power as possible and integrating that power seamlessly into existing distribution systems. As a renewable source of energy, wind has yet to be fully utilized. Unlike solar energy captured using panels during the day, the wind generally blows at night when electricity demand is already low. What can be done in the mean-time to expand the use of the technology we have now?