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

Thursday, 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

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.

Peilin Cao Receives First Place in Poster Session

Monday, 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.

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

Thursday, February 14, 2013

-PSIEE

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?

EMS Energy Institute Announces Energy Seminar Series

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The EMS Energy Institute is hosting a new seminar series, Energy Exchange, as part of the Institute's outreach mission. The seminars focuses on highly relevant energy topics, especially in the area of fossil fuels. Energy topics discussed include new innovations in carbon dioxide utilization, clean coal, petroleum and natural gas, fuel cells, and more.

Earth and Mineral Sciences holds first undergraduate poster exhibition

Thursday, December 13, 2012

-Penn State Live

Materials of fictional superheroes, medical mapping, and the Telica Volcano: all are among the variety of topics covered in the posters presented on Dec. 5 at Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) first undergraduate poster exhibition, showcasing the variety of research and creative endeavors of its students. Twenty-six entries from all five departments were unveiled before an enthusiastic audience in the hallway of the Deike Building. Nine EMS faculty judges critiqued the posters based on display, content and oral presentation.

ICCS&T Conference Call for Papers

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The 2013 International Conference on Coal Science and Technology (ICCS&T) has announced it's Call for Papers. Abstracts will be accepted through February 11, 2013.

ICCS&T is held every two years in locations across the globe, including Okinawa, Japan; Nottingham, England; Cape Town, South Africa; and Oviedo, Spain. The 2013 ICCS&T will be held on the beautiful Penn State campus in State College, Pennsylvania, USA from September 30 to October 3.

Chung-Hsuan Huang Wins Award for Work with NASA

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

-EME Department

Randy Vander Wal, professor of energy and mineral engineering and materials science and engineering, and Chung-Hsuan Huang, a doctoral student in energy and mineral engineering, were part of the NASA Alternative Aviation Fuel Experiment Team who recently received their second NASA Group Achievement Award for "outstanding achievement in establishing the impact of hydro-treated renewable jet fuels on commercial aircraft engine performance and pollutant emissions." Tasked with testing whether a biofuel made from chicken fat can be used as a viable jet fuel alternative, the team used a NASA DC-

ICCDU XII Call for Papers

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The 12th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU) has announced its call for papers. Abstracts can be submitted online through January 31, 2013. ICCDU, which began in 1991 in Nagoya, Japan, has since been held in countries throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. The biennial conference provides a multi-disciplinary forum on recent innovations in fundamental and applied aspects of CO2 utilization.

New Background Check Policy for All New Hires

Thursday, August 16, 2012

As of July 5, 2012 a new background check policy has be approved. Effective immediately, any new employees who are paid by Penn State are required to have a background check before the Finance Office will approve their appointments. This policy affects all employees, including wage payroll, graduate students, visiting scholars, and faculty and staff hires.

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