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High School Students Experience Research at the EMS Energy Institute

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The EMS Energy Institute hosted two high school students for the Summer Experience in Earth and Mineral Sciences (SEEMS) as part of our student outreach efforts. Amber Hall and Valeria Pena spent six weeks on Penn State’s University Park Campus conducting hands-on research at the EMS Energy Institute. During the program, students attend classes, conduct a research experiment, write a research paper, and present their results to other participants, advisors and judges. On July 23 the students presented their research project as part of the program’s culmination.

Energy Innovation 2013 Issue Available Online

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Summer 2013 issue of Energy Innovation is now available to read online. Energy Innovation is an annual publication from the EMS Energy Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The EMS Energy Institute is a leading research and development organization focused on energy science and engineering.

Former Institute Student Secures NSF Fellowship

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Laura Bradley, an alumnus of Penn State and the EMS Energy Institute recently received The National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award. Bradley is working on her PhD at the University of Southern California. Her work focuses on vapor phase polymer deposition on liquid substrates.

Bradley spent time as an undergraduate working at the EMS Energy Institute. During that time, her paper, The Effect of Fuel Composition on Pyrolysis Kinetics, received a Best Student Paper Award at the 2009 Clearwater Coal Conference.

CQI Hosts Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Event to Teach Kids About X-Ray Imaging

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In conjunction with Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day events at Penn State, the Center for Quantitative Imagine (CQI) at the EMS Energy Institute hosted a workshop for young visitors. The event was intended to expose young students to imaging technologies and careers associated with imagine research, including oil and gas engineering, anthropology, soil sciences, civil engineering, and geosciences.

Two students receive Peter T. Luckie Award at Undergraduate Exhibition

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Two students received the Peter T. Luckie Undergraduate Research Award as part of the 2013 Undergraduate Research Exhibition. Jordanna Lemba received the award for excellence in research in behavioral and social science, and Breecher Hartley Watson received the award for excellence in research in engineering and physical science. These students were joined by 170 entries from undergraduate students from all Penn State campuses.

International Conference on Coal Science and Technology Registration Opens

Monday, 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.

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


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?