One of the unique attributes of our department is our in-house interdisciplinary collaboration and research. Our researchers bring expertise from different segments of the scientific community and work together to bring new perspectives to existing scientific conversations.
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EME faculty and students have access to excellent experimental and computational laboratories.
These research centers and initiatives are led or co-led by EME faculty:
Center for Critical Minerals — combines Penn State's expertise across several colleges in partnership with industrial partners to develop the fundamental science and technology needed to harness domestic mineral sources
Center for Sustainable Electric Power Systems — addresses the multitude of challenges that emerge from the design, planning, and operation of the next generation of power systems and markets by bringing together Penn State faculty from the fields on engineering, economics, earth sciences, and other relevant disciplines
Center for Quantitative Imaging — focuses on two main areas of research – monitoring of internal processes in experimental systems and characterization of complex three-dimensional structure and material composition in natural and synthetic systems – using state-of-the-art instrumentation
Subsurface Energy Recovery and Storage (SERS) JIP — focuses on energy recovery from geological reservoirs, improved hydrocarbon recovery, and geo-storage of hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The JIP is one of the first of its kind worldwide in sustainable geo-energy production and storage, with its broad focus on increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions.
Center for Climate Risk Management — brings together scholars to catalyze transformative, integrated research on climate change, mitigation, adaptation, and decision making that transcends disciplinary boundaries and advances real-world climate risk management
Center for Landscape Dynamics — promotes scholarship and training in landscape science to inform landscape decision making and socio-ecological resilience
Electrochemical Engine Center — conducts fundamental and applied research on fuel cells and advanced batteries for electric propulsion, stationary power generation, and portable electronics through multidisciplinary research on cutting-edge electrochemical power devices