April 2016

Passion for solar energy nets student Penn State Sustainability Leadership Award

Nikhil Bharadwaj, Penn State’s 2016 Student Sustainability Leadership Award recipient, will be recognized at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 22 — Earth Day — with a tree-planting ceremony outside the MorningStar Solar Home on Penn State’s University Park campus, hosted by the Student Sustainability Advisory Council.

Student’s focus on environment, service paves way for first job after graduation

May 2016 will be an exciting month for Kyle Johnson, and not just because he will be graduating with his degree in environmental systems engineering from Penn State. In May, Johnson will begin his career in environmental consulting and he’ll also see one of his ideas — to help a rural community in Panama manage waste — come to fruition.

An early Earth Day present: Students plant 200 trees in Rothrock State Forest

Adam Larson and Tyler Farnan pile on the last scoops of soil around the new ash trees they just planted in Rothrock State Forest, their footprints still fresh in the dirt. While their footprints will eventually disappear, the local footprint they and their student organization, Positive Energy, have made will endure far into the future.

EMS Exposition imparts leadership lessons on student planners

Amid busy course schedules and extracurricular activities, five students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) found time to squeeze in a monumental project — organizing and coordinating the college’s annual recruitment open house, Earth and Mineral Sciences Exposition (EMEX). The student-led event provides an opportunity for students to learn about — and test — their personal leadership styles.

EMS engineering programs among best in nation in U.S. News graduate rankings

The Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) graduate program in petroleum engineering tied for No. 5 nationally, improving from No. 7 in the last ranking, and the graduate program in materials engineering was rated No. 13 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in its Best Graduate Schools 2017 edition.

Penn State students compete in 2016 Green Energy Challenge

A team of students from the Penn State student chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is competing in ELECTRI International’s 2016 Green Energy Challenge Competition. Teams are judged on their ability to analyze particular electrical construction management “problems” outlined for them and create a comprehensive plan and budget for an appropriate retrofit.

Ganesh Thakur elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Ganesh Thakur

Ganesh Thakur, 2012 SPE President, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Thakur is president of Thakur Services. He was elected for his leadership in the implementation of integrated reservoir management techniques. His work is well-recognized in the emergence of reservoir management as an interdisciplinary practice. He is widely published and has served as ambassador of technology to national oil companies and government ministries. Before becoming SPE president in 2012, Thakur served as SPE technical director for the Reservoir Description and Dynamics discipline.

Vulcan Materials Company CEO to speak April 8 on aggregate mining

J. Thomas Hill, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Vulcan Materials Company, will give the 2016 G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture in Mineral Engineering at Penn State. Hill will give the lecture "Aggregate Mining — You Can't Live Without Us" at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, in 22 Deike Building on the University Park campus. A reception will be held from 4-4:30 p.m. in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Museum and Art Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.