EESI EarthTalks panel to focus on energy education in post-pandemic world

May 04, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The current coronavirus pandemic has caused the price of oil to drop and education to happen remotely. How should institutions like the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State, which offers degree programs in petroleum and natural gas engineering as well as renewable energy and climate, adapt? Susan Brantley, director of the Earth and Environmental System Institute, and Lee Kump, John Leone Dean in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, will lead a panel discussion on the future of energy education.

Panelists include Jennifer Baka, assistant professor of geography; Seth Blumsack, professor of energy policy and economics and international affairs; Mike Loudin, former head of geoscience workforce development at ExxonMobil and a dedicated proponent for diversity in geosciences and energy education; Kevin Smith, CEO for the Americas, Lightsource BP; and Sanjay Srinivasan, head, John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering.

The panel will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, May 18, and broadcast through Zoom at The talk is free and open to the public.

The energy panel is part of the spring 2020 EESI EarthTalks series, "Societal Problems, EESI Science towards Solutions." The series features scientists from Penn State’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) and explores the human impacts on the global environment and how to apply this knowledge to decision-making.


Last Updated May 04, 2020