Faculty Member Mort Webster Makes our Energy Future a Little Less Uncertain

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sometimes it takes an external perspective to remind us of our strengths. That’s what happened when I sat down to talk to Mort Webster, associate professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering, who recently came to Penn State from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He couldn’t say enough good things about Penn State’s diverse expertise and strong support for interdisciplinary research.

EMS Energy Institute Director Chunshan Song Returns from Sabbatical

Monday, July 14, 2014

Chunshan Song, director of the EMS Energy Institute and Distinguished Professor of fuel science and chemical engineering was on sabbatical at the Dalian University of Technology (DUT) in China from June 30, 2013 through July 1, 2014. The EMS Energy Institute welcomed him back last week.

During his sabbatical, Song worked closely with faculty at DUT on research in the areas of clean fuels and catalysis, and carbon dioxide capture. Over the course of the year, he published 13 journal articles in several highly respected publications. 

Student Receives Outstanding Paper Award at International Conference

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Aditi Khadilkar, a doctoral student in energy and mineral engineering, received the Outstanding Presentation Award at the 6th International Freiberg Conference on IGCC & XtL Technologies. Her paper, “Ash Agglomeration in Fluidized Bed Gasification Systems: Modeling and Experimental Studies,” was presented during the technical conference in Germany from May 19-22, 2014. Khadilkar’s advisor is Sarma Pisupati, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering.

Former Myriant VP Alger named director of new institute for natural gas research

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

-Penn State News

Monty Alger, former senior vice president of research and development (R&D) at Myriant Corp. in Woburn, Mass., has been selected as the inaugural director of the Institute for Natural Gas Research (INGaR) at Penn State.

His appointment is effective May 16.

Aditi Khadilkar Places Third at Graduate Exhibition

Monday, April 21, 2014

Aditi Khadilkar, doctoral student in energy and mineral engineering, was awarded third place in the engineering category of the 2014 Penn State Graduate Exhibition for her poster titled, Modeling agglomerate growth in fluidized bed combustion and gasification systems. The annual Graduate Exhibition challenges students to effectively communicate their research to a general audience by presenting their work in clear, comprehensible terms to people outside their fields.

Three Students Received the Peter T. Luckie Undergraduate Research Award

Monday, April 21, 2014

Three students received the Peter T. Luckie Undergraduate Research Award as part of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Exhibition. Gregory Babunovic, Eberly College of Science, received the award for excellence in research in Health and Life Sciences for Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Class of Trans-Translation Inhibitors. Kenya Crawford, College of Health and Human Development, received the award for excellence in research in behavioral and social science for Childhood Family Experiences as Predictors of Romantic Competence in Adolescence.

Fundamentals of Chromatography for Research Workshops

Monday, April 14, 2014

The EMS Energy Institute maintains a suite of chromatography and spectroscopy instrumentation available to any faculty or student at the University who has a research need. The EMS Energy Institute has a diverse selection of gas chromatography techniques at its disposal. The majority of these technologies are focused on the detection and speciation of complex hydrocarbon mixtures.

2014 CECG Fellowship Program - Application Deadline May 12

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Center for Environmental geoChemistry and Genomics (CECG) accepts fellowship applications for Penn State undergraduate or graduate students to pursue work on research topics related to environmental chemistry and genomics during summer sessions. This is a broad request considering research areas ranging across the biological and agricultural sciences, engineering, and earth and mineral sciences. Genomics-enabled projects and projects involving substantive collaborations across research groups are particularly encouraged. We fund proposals with a 50% matching component.

Opportunity for Graduate Students with ARPA-E

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) Is Seeking New Fellows to Join Our Team!


Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Cosponsors TEDxPSU

Thursday, March 6, 2014

For the second year Penn State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society cosponsored the TEDxPSU event held on March 2 at University Park. The theme of this year's TEDxPSU was "Go Further." The event was held in Schwab Auditorium and talks were streamed live to the auditorium in the HUB Student Center. Talks will be posted soon on the TEDxPSU website.