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Internet fiber optics could provide valuable insight into geological phenomena

Fiber-optic cables run underneath nearly all city grids across the United States and provide internet and cable TV to millions, but what if those systems could also provide valuable information related to hazardous events such as earthquakes and flooding? A team of researchers at Penn State have found they can do just that.

Lo Prete receives NSF CAREER award to investigate capacity adequacy options

Chiara Lo Prete, associate professor of energy economics in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, received a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation to investigate electricity market structures to provide efficient incentives for generation capacity investment under increasing renewable penetration.

Mining engineering professor selected as honorary member of AIME

Barbara Arnold, professor of practice in mining engineering at Penn State, has been awarded honorary membership in American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). AIME honorary membership is one of the highest honors that the institute can bestow on an individual.

Penn State, Colorado School of Mines will support US need for critical minerals

Penn State has entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Colorado School of Mines to establish a collaboration designed to be responsive in supporting the United States’ need for critical minerals.

New sulfur dioxide conversion method may transform current industrial techniques

A single-step, plasma-enhanced catalytic process to convert sulfur dioxide to pure sulfur from tail gas streams may provide a promising, more environmentally-friendly alternative to current multistage thermal, catalytic and absorptive processes, according to scientists at Penn State.

2020 Millennium Café Pitch Competition winners announced

The 2020 Millennium Café Pitch Competition was held virtually on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Sponsored by PPG Industries, the Millennium Café Pitch Competition is an opportunity for graduate students to pitch research in two minutes or less using no more than four supporting slides. 

Rezaee named outstanding young engineer

Mohammad Rezaee, assistant professor of mining engineering in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, has been awarded the Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration’s (SME) Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division.

New acid mine drainage treatment turns waste into valuable critical minerals

A new way to treat acid mine drainage (AMD) could help transform the environmental pollution problem into an important domestic source of the critical rare earth elements needed to produce technology ranging from smart phones to fighter jets, according to Penn State scientists.

Interdisciplinary team wins Department of Energy Optimization Challenge

A team of Penn State researchers is part of the first round of winners for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. Presented by the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA‑E), the selective competition presents challenges for the development of optimization algorithms for a crucial set of operational problems faced by the United States’ power grid.

Song to step down as director of the EMS Energy Institute

Chunshan Song has announced that he will step down as director of the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Energy Institute (EI) and will be leaving Penn State, effective June 30.

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