Penn State researchers have created an artificially intelligent device that uses bug-like features to collect information from sunlight that could be used to improve solar energy conversion technologies, landscape architecture, farming, and other industries.
In the U.S., approximately 60 percent of oil underground is inaccessible through conventional recovery methods, but through a new $1.3 million grant from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Russell Johns, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, is developing improved methods to free the once-trapped fossil fuel.
Hojong Kim, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been named the Norris B. McFarlane Career Development Professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, effective July 1.
Penn State is not only a Land-Grant university, but also a Space Grant, Sun Grant and Sea Grant university. There is only one other university in the country that can claim all of these designations, which signal a university’s ability to receive federal funding for research projects that benefit the larger community.
Yvette Richardson, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science, has been named associate dean for education in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), effective July 1. She will succeed Nels Shirer, who served as associate dean for education since 2012.
Andrea Sylvia Biscoveanu and Jacob Cordell have been awarded the Astronaut Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year, bringing the total number of Penn State recipients to 26 in the history of this prestigious honor.
Jacqueline Huntoon, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University, has been selected to receive the 2016 Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal from Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS).
Michael Hickner, associate professor of materials science and engineering, and chemical engineering, has been named the Corning Faculty Fellow in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, effective July 1.
A new website shows residents in rural Pennsylvania the many factors that go into planning for Marcellus Shale gas development, and how communities can play a role in the process.
Representatives of nine universities and the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy met at Penn State to kick off the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER), a six-year program funded by NETL for $20 million that will explore a broad range of research in coal, natural gas and oil including carbon dioxide capture, storage and use.
Installing a microgrid within a regulated electricity market will sometimes, but not always, provide an economic benefit to customers, investors and utilities involved, according to new research led by Chiara Lo Prete, assistant professor of energy economics, Penn State.
Penn State Distinguished Professor of Geosciences Susan Brantley will receive the Wollaston Medal, the highest award given by the Geological Society of London.
Penn State recognizes employees who have completed 25 years of service. For the most recent listing of 25-Year Award recipients, go to http://news.psu.edu/tag/25-year-awards.
A new type of 3D printing will make it possible for the first time to rapidly prototype and test polymer membranes that are patterned for improved performance, according to Penn State researchers.
Five geosciences graduate students won first place in the Eastern regional competition of the Imperial Barrel Award, which pits groups of graduate students across the world against each other in a real-world oil prospecting competition. The team will advance to the final, international round of the competition held on June 17 and 18, 2016, in Calgary, Canada.
Chunshan Song, distinguished professor of fuel science and professor of chemical engineering, was invited by the U.S. Energy Association (USEA) to brief them on Penn State’s carbon dioxide conversion research. He gave a briefing presentation titled “Turning CO2 into Chemicals and Fuels for Sustainable Energy Development,” earlier this spring in Washington, D.C.
Data collected via airplane when a hurricane is developing can improve hurricane intensity predictions by up to 15 percent, according to Penn State researchers who have been working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Hurricane Center to put the new technique into practice.
This summer, four Penn State students will travel the globe as part of the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program. Eden Kinkaid, Erika Pugh, Janet Purdy and David Stack are among the approximately 560 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a CLS scholarship in 2016.
Penn State Energy Days, a two-day symposium organized by the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE), took place May 19 and 20 at Penn State Law.
Ten posters were awarded first prize in various categories during Energy Days 2016, held May 19-20 on the University Park Campus. The winning posters, as well as all posters from Energy Days, are viewable online.