May 2016

Graduate student receives FAA student award, wins paper competition

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. His faculty adviser is Randy Vander Wal, professor of energy and mineral engineering, and materials science and engineering.

Gurunathan and Johnson chosen as Earth and Mineral Sciences marshals

Two students will represent the spring 2016 graduating class for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS): Kyle Johnson, an environmental systems engineering student, and Ramya Gurunathan, a materials science and engineering student. The EMS commencement ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Pegula Ice Arena on Penn State’s University Park campus.

EMS student’s paper wins first in SPE contest, advances to international final

A paper written by Michael Cavazza, a Schreyer Scholar majoring in petroleum and natural gas engineering, won first place in the Eastern North America regional Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) student paper contest, held April 9 at Louisiana State University. Cavazza will advance to the final, international round of the contest, which will be held Sept. 26-28 at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai.

Summer mining internship gives student broad exposure to industry

With only a few weeks left until summer, Katie Hutton began to feel anxious. As a mining engineering and German double major, she knew securing an internship would help set her apart when looking for jobs after graduation. Typically, mining engineering students find internships in the fall semester, but because Hutton enrolled in the program during the spring semester, she was scrambling to find an internship.

But then a chance conversation with her faculty adviser, Jeffrey Kohler, the George H. Jr. and Anne B. Deike Endowed Chair in Mining Engineering, opened a door for Hutton.