Energy Days conference to build partnerships, solve critical energy challenges

Hosler Building

The third annual Energy Days conference will be held this year on May 30 and 31 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Energy Days was created in an effort to convene the energy expertise of Penn State and develop partnerships to help improve the affordability, sustainability and security of energy in the future. The conference is open to the public and is free for Penn State students, faculty and staff.

U.S. Army veteran named 2018 Outstanding Adult Student

Leslie Laing, director for Penn State Adult Learner Programs and Services presents diploma case to OASA Recipient Timothy Bowen

Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowen said he built his career by honing his craft. For the past eight years, Bowen served in the U.S. Army and National Guard, including one year in Iraq. Bowen's dedication continued as a materials science and engineering major at Penn State. While earning his degree, he worked at the Applied Research Lab and appeared on the dean's list six times. Bowen is the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Adult Student Award.

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences names spring student marshals

Fatimah Altarrah, left, and Madeline Nyblade have been named student marshals

Fatimah Altarrah has been named the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' student marshal, the top graduate overall, and Madeline Nyblade has been named the college's science honor marshal, the top graduate in a non-engineering discipline. They will be recognized during the college's spring 2018 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 8 p.m., Friday, May 4, in the Pegula Ice Arena.

Robert Johnson named nation’s best student TV weathercaster

 Robert Johnson  Robert Johnson, a Penn State junior majoring in meteorology and atmospheric science

Robert Johnson, a Penn State junior majoring in meteorology and atmospheric science, earned first place in the television weathercaster category at the annual Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts competition held April 8-9, in Las Vegas. The awards ceremony took place during this year's National Association of Broadcasters' NAB Show. For more than 60 years the BEA has worked with NAB in creating the next generation of media professionals.

Students build portable solar boxes to help restore services in Puerto Rico

A “Solar Saver” box built by Penn State students, center, is displayed with other solar boxes bound for Puerto Rico.

Nikhil Bharadwaj had an ingenious idea for improving the tailgating experience for himself and his friends at Penn State football games. Drawing from his love of renewable energy, the senior majoring in energy engineering began drafting plans for a small-scale solar box capable of charging cell phones and powering devices while tailgating at Beaver Stadium. But then he had a better idea.