Graduate Education

Two energy and mineral engineering graduate students discussing their coursework

Graduate Programs

Exciting opportunities await you in the graduate program and research projects of the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. EME is a unique department with just over 100 graduate students working with world-class faculty experts in science, engineering, economics, and statistics as applied to the energy and mineral resources sector. In contrast to traditional disciplinary departments, EME faculty encompass the range of disciplines required for the energy and environmental challenges of today and for the next century. The faculty’s research strengths lie in petroleum engineering and reservoir characterization, electricity market design, grid integration of diverse fuels and technology, mining engineering and mineral processing, fuel chemistry and processing, energy conversion engineering, environmental safety and health related issues associated with the energy and mineral resource sector, among many others. Methodologies span experimental laboratory science, computational modeling and simulation, and advanced data analytics.

The graduate program in EME reflects this diversity by providing a flexible program for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees that facilitates the specialization in one area to become a leading-edge researcher while at the same time developing the complementary breadth across scientific disciplines and engineering technologies necessary to become a next generation leader in academia or industry. Recent graduates are gainfully employed as faculty at other universities, in leading positions in industry, national laboratories, and think tanks, and some have created their own successful start-up companies.

Our graduate research and education utilizes many state-of-the-art research labs, characterization and computational facilities. Research programs and projects are generally supported by centers and institutes at Penn State, including the EMS Energy Institute (, the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (, the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (, and the Institute for Natural Gas Research (INGaR) (  Many faculty are affiliated with and collaborate closely with other departments across Penn State, such as Chemical Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Geosciences, Statistics, and Agricultural and Environmental Resource Economics.

Our graduate research has four focus areas:

1.    Energy Science and Engineering,

2.    Energy Systems Engineering and Energy Economics,

3.    Mining Engineering and Industrial Safety and Health, and

4.    Petroleum/Gas Engineering and Subsurface Engineering


There are currently five curriculum options available under the major to focus one’s studies:

·         Energy Systems Engineering

·         Fuel Science

·         Mining and Mineral Process Engineering

·         Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering


In the Classroom and Beyond

Students in our graduate programs enjoy small personal classes taught by an experienced EME faculty who are internationally recognized for their research contributions. In addition, students have access to a variety of research laboratories and computational facilities within the department. Upon graduation, our students achieve a near 100% job placement rate as our alumni stand at the forefront of energy and environmental engineering with careers in industry, academia, and government.

For More Information

If you have questions about current research projects, please contact individual faculty members directly for specifics, or send us an email at:

For more information about our graduate programs and department, check out the links to the left. If you still have questions, please contact Sue Hyde, Graduate Program Coordinator, at: or 814-863-0373.