Penn State professor to be featured in April 25 PBS program

April 25, 2012

Terry Engelder, professor of geosciences at Penn State, will be featured on this evening's (April 25) episode of PBS' "America Revealed," a four-part series focused on the complex networks that keep America running. Engelder will be featured in an episode titled "Electric Nation," which will air at 10 p.m. on WPSU and other public television stations. To watch a preview of this episode and others, visit http://video.pbs.org/video/2224259104.

Episode synopsis:

America's modern electric power grid has been called the biggest and most complex machine in the world -- delivering electricity over 200,000 miles of high-tension transmission lines. "America Revealed" host Yul Kwon travels around the country to understand the grid's intricacies, its vulnerabilities and the remarkable ingenuity required to keep the power on every day. At New York State’s governing grid control room, he learns how a massive blackout cut power to 40 million Americans and joins a live wire repair team who do their daring repairs from the side of a helicopter in flight. He also visits the country’s largest coal mine, rappels down the side of wind turbine, takes a rare tour of a nuclear plant and travels on a massive tanker -- where Kwon reflects on the challenges and opportunities we face now and in the days ahead to keep the power flowing.

  • Terry Engelder, professor of geosciences at Penn State, will be featured on this evening's (April 25) episode of PBS' 'America Revealed.' The episode will air at 10 p.m. on WPSU-TV.

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