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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.


Joanmarie Del Vecchio, Ph.D. student in geosciences
Five EMS graduate students win awards at annual Penn State Graduate Exhibition

Five graduate students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences were recognized for their research and presentation skills during the 32nd annual Graduate Exhibition, held March 24 and 26 on Penn State's University Park campus.

Aidan Davy
G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture to focus on challenges facing mining industry

Aidan Davy, the International Council on Mining and Metals' (ICMM) chief operating officer, will give the 2017 G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture in Mineral Engineering at Penn State. His talk, "The global context of mining: the evolution from mining license to social license to social contract," will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in 26 Hosler Building on the University Park campus.

Meg Wieger
For adult learners, study abroad one step toward realizing dreams

Meg Wieger is earning a college degree and beginning a career in the renewable energy industry. Recently, she visited Ireland to fulfill the study abroad component to her energy and sustainability policy major at Penn State's World Campus.

Jenna Bishop
Senior's published research could enhance water treatment processes

Jenna Bishop, a senior majoring in environmental systems engineering, has taken advantage of several opportunities as an undergraduate. From serving as president of the EMS Student Council, to playing the role of captain for Relay For Life, to dancing for THON, a student run philanthropy at Penn State, Bishop has no shortage of memorable moments. However, she says one of her proudest moments was publishing research as an undergraduate.

Nikhil Bharadwaj
Student aims to inspire businesses, communities through sustainability

"I've talked to people who are optimistic about sustainability and others who are pessimistic. The question isn't whether the glass is half full or half empty because, in the end, the glass will always be half empty when you're thirsty," said Bharadwaj, an energy engineering student in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.