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.
Tim Robinson said he joined the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the technology field at an exciting time, and his decades-long career at Penn State reflects the rapid pace of the budding technology's impact on education. He's even expanded his role in the college, teaching classes related to energy and sustainability. Robinson is retiring on June 30.
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.
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.
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.