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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.

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Turgay Ertekin
Retiring Ertekin’s lifelong mission was helping students succeed
06/26/2017

Turgay Ertekin, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, said in his 40 years as an educator at Penn State he's always tried to task his students with using their creativity and problem-solving skills to turn unknowns into knowns. Ertekin, a prolific researcher and educator, is retiring June 30.


Rare-earth oxides, clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium.
DOE grant continues research into rare-earth elements extraction from coal
06/26/2017

In 2016, a team of Penn State and U.S. Department of Energy researchers discovered a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to extract rare earth elements (REEs) from coal and coal byproducts. Now, through a $1 million grant from DOE's Office of Fossil Energy, this research may be headed one-step closer to commercialization.


Evan Galimberti won first place in the Eastern North America regional Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) student paper contest
Student wins first place in regional petroleum engineering paper contest
06/19/2017

A paper written by Evan Galimberti, a rising Penn State senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering, and a master's degree in energy and mineral engineering through an integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) program, won first place in the Eastern North America regional Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) student paper contest, held April 22 at the Ohio State University. Galimberti will advance to the final, international round of the contest, which will be held Oct. 9-11 at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio.


Solar power
Researchers to discuss future of solar energy
06/15/2017

Two Penn State researchers will present "Unwrapping the Power of Solar Energy" at 7 p.m. on June 20 at Liberty Craft House, 346 E. College Ave., in State College.


Gas pump
Gift to Penn State will support ongoing research in food safety, energy
05/24/2017

When it comes to global challenges, there are none more pressing to Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek than food safety and clean energy. They are passionate about finding solutions to those challenges, and that's why they are providing $50,000 to Penn State to lead the way.