Alumni News

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences alumni do great things. Below are the most current stories showcasing our alumni. Also, please read the announcements for current updates.

EMS alum working for SpaceX says travel to Mars within reach
02/23/2017

 Policelli, a propulsion development engineer for SpaceX, a private aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, uses his background in engineering to work on SpaceX's Merlin engine.


Couple creates graduate research fund in honor of former Penn State professor
01/23/2017

Katherine Faber, a 1978 Penn State alumna, and her husband, Thomas Rosenbaum, have established the Guy Rindone Graduate Research Fund to further graduate education in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The fund was established in honor of Guy E. Rindone, professor emeritus of ceramic science and engineering, who died in 2015 at age 93.


Recent EMS alums serve as undergraduate poster exhibition judges
01/18/2017

Annie Tamalavage and Marla Korpar, both 2013 EMS graduates, were among a handful of judges who returned to Penn State's University Park campus to serve as judges for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' (EMS) Undergraduate Poster Exhibition.


EMS alumnus turns study abroad venture into career in sustainability education
01/09/2017

Adam Phoebe, a 2012 Penn State energy engineering graduate, is director of global operations for the Global Renewable Energy Education Network or GREEN program, a position he obtained after first becoming a student ambassador for the program.


Thrower’s gift to help Penn State students build research ties with Cambridge
12/15/2016

Peter and Carol Thrower have a unique affinity for both Penn State and the University of Cambridge and, through the Thrower Endowed Program Fund for Cambridge Studies in Materials Science and Engineering, they hope student recipients will, too.


Alumnus, scientist finds new life passion in retirement as novelist
04/04/2016

Long after his retirement as a scientist, Paul Mark Tag would continue thinking about the concept of weather modification. The notion that humans could influence weather, either accidentally or on purpose, was the focus of part of his career with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and it would also form the basis for his first novel, penned in retirement. He was first exposed to this idea during his days as a Penn State student in the 1960s and 1970s.