Penn State researchers have created an artificially intelligent device that uses bug-like features to collect information from sunlight that could be used to improve solar energy conversion technologies, landscape architecture, farming, and other industries.
Energy and Mineral Engineering
Energy and Mineral Engineering
Joseph Abrahamson, a Penn State energy and mineral engineering doctoral candidate, was selected to receive the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Centers of Excellence Student of the Year (SOY) Award. Abrahamson was chosen for his research with developing data-based tools to predict emission indices for alternative fuels.
Mining engineering student Katie Hutton broadened her exposure to the mining industry through an internship that she secured, in part, from the mining engineering program's industry connections.
Luis Ayala, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, has been named the inaugural William A. Fustos Family Professor in Energy and Mineral Engineering. The endowed professorship was established with a $1 million gift from William and Lindsey Fustos, both Penn State graduates.
Laser tag, making blankets for families fighting cancer, fishing — and, of course, a 46-hour dance marathon — are some of the most memorable activities from the THON activities for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) benefiting THON team. Dancers reflect on the past year of providing emotional support for Four Diamonds families, fundraising efforts and what inspired them to get involved.
Ryan McCann and Luke Schramm had the chance to experience something that no other undergraduate Penn State student has experienced — studying for a semester at the prestigious Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In addition to studying at the renowned engineering school, the two petroleum and natural gas engineering students learned about Turkey's rich history and made friendships with students from many countries.
On Oct. 4, 1890, Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a mining engineering degree program. In the 125 years since then, Penn State’s mining engineering program has become one of the most influential in the country, helping to educate future engineers and providing leadership and ideas to help shape the industry.
On Nov. 9, 2015, Penn State mining engineering student Sam Baker had a pleasant surprise. After Baker mailed a letter to his local congressman, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, about the congressman’s efforts to address job security in the mining industry, Thompson visited the University Park campus to answer Baker’s questions in person and meet with a select group of mining engineering student leaders.
This fall, 11 students in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences spent a day volunteering at Seldom Seen Tourist Coal Mine in Patton, Pennsylvania. An active coal mine during the 40s and 50s, Seldom Seen now serves educational purposes and is preserved as a nonprofit attraction where the public can learn about the history of coal mining.
Sanjay Srinivasan has been named the inaugural John and Willie Leone Family Chair in Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State. Srinivasan joined the faculty in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering on July 1, 2015.
When Carly Hinton first volunteered with the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) as a freshman, she had no idea that she’d be leading THON’s top-fundraising general organization only two years later. Now, after serving for three years in leadership roles for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) THON group, Hinton was recognized for her dedication by being named the 2015 recipient of the THON Diamond of Courage Award. The award is one of five major Road to THON Celebration awards given annually to recognize the hard work of volunteers.
Theoretically, hydropower can step in when wind turbines go still, but barriers to this non-polluting resource serving as a backup are largely policy- and regulation-based, according to Penn State researchers.
John and Willie Leone of Bethlehem, Pa., have committed a leadership gift of $5 million to endow the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The University will name the department in recognition of the couple's generosity. The gift is the largest from an individual or couple in the history of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and will enable the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering to create such opportunities as a faculty chair, undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.