Lab research

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.


Power lines
Sloan Foundation grant looks at energy market structure for wind integration

Chiara Lo Prete was awarded a $250,000 grant for early career researchers from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to examine the effectiveness of energy market structures in aggregating private information on wind production forecasts to better coordinate commitment and production decisions in electric systems.

John Leone
Alumnus and leading philanthropist makes $6.5 million campaign gift

Penn State alumnus and leading philanthropist John Leone has made a gift of $6.5 million. Of the gift, $5 million will endow the John Leone Dean’s Chair in EMS and provide the college’s dean with flexible resources to advance a range of priorities.

2018 THON
Passion and commitment drive EMS Benefiting THON

After a campus tour, Mackenzie Williams walked into the Bryce Jordan Center on a whim and was awestruck at the sight of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, a 46-hour dance marathon known as THON.

Electricity towers
NSF grant aims to enhance resilience of U.S. electricity grids

Researchers from Penn State and the University of Washington have been awarded a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study economic mechanisms for grid resilience against extreme events and natural gas disruptions.

CAUSE trip
Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis: EMS undergraduates take on tectonics

Penn State undergraduate students visited Crater Lake and other locations throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of a three-semester research course sponsored by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Center for Advanced Undergraduate Study and Experience (CAUSE).