John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
The John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering helps solve the world’s energy problems through high-quality, innovative teaching, research, and service. From mineral recovery to its use, the department plays a major role in the "power of life." Its mission is to help supply society with an affordable supply of energy and minerals; work to ensure human health and safety; and protect and maintain the quality of the environment. View the information below to learn more.
A career in sustainable agriculture was not what Luis Alejandro Vergara had originally envisioned for himself. When he came to Penn State, he started studying petroleum engineering, but he eventually switched and ended up graduating with a bachelor's degree in environmental systems engineering in 2017.
SPE recognized Hamid Emami-Meybodi, Luis Ayala, and Zuleima Karpyn for their exceptional service and leadership, as well as their significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the regional level.
This summer, four undergraduate students from four different departments and two colleges at Penn State investigated new engineered living materials — materials that exhibit life-like features — for eight weeks in Germany.
Russell Johns, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering at Penn State, was selected to receive the 2023 SPE/AIME Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal from the International Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for technical leadership.