Our faculty use techniques from machine learning, artificial intelligence, optimization and statistics to study natural gas production, large-scale infrastructure systems, energy consumption behaviors and energy markets in ways that are relevant to public decision-makers and industry. In research, data analytics allows for powerful hypothesis testing and model validation on highly complex systems. Insights into processes and phenomena can be interrogated over large regions, as opposed to a handful of specific sites. The research skills of our faculty also translate into the classroom, where students get experience using real-world “Big Data” in simulation-oriented classroom environments.

Specific research topics in this area include:

  • Development of web applications for data science applications in the unconventional natural gas sector https://shinysrv.ems.psu.edu/eum19/Virtual_Asset_1_0/.
  • Data-driven modeling approaches to analyze the benefits and costs of environmental regulations.
  • Smart electric grids and the transition to more efficient and lower-impact energy, electric power and transportation systems.
  • Resilience analysis for complex interdependent energy infrastructures
  • Data analytics and statistics for seismic fracture identification and re-stimulation decisions.
  • Combining decline curve analysis and geostatistics to forecast gas production in unconventional formations
  • Geospatial analysis of large-scale renewable energy portfolios
  • Design and operation of electricity markets
  • The use of mobility data for energy system planning, and to evaluate air quality impacts of urban transportation
  • Air quality in energy production environments
  • Economics of industrial carbon capture and geologic sequestration

    Research Experts

Seth  Blumsack Seth Blumsack
Professor of Energy Policy and Economics
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
115 Hosler Building
814-863-7597
blumsack@psu.edu
Arash  Dahi Taleghani Arash Dahi Taleghani
Associate Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
206 Hosler Building
814-865-5421
arash.dahi@psu.edu
Jeremy Gernand Jeremy Gernand
Assistant Professor of Industrial Health and Safety
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
121 Hosler Building
814-865-5861
jmgernand@psu.edu
Gregory King Gregory King
Professor of Practice, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
154 Hosler
814-867-3547
grk17@psu.edu
Andrew  Kleit Andrew Kleit
Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics;
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
201 Hosler Building
814-865-0711
ank1@psu.edu
Joel Landry Joel Landry
Assistant Professor of Environmental and Energy Economics
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
124 Hosler Building
814-865-9136
joelrlandry@psu.edu
Zhen Lei Zhen Lei
Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
125 Hosler Building
814-863-0810
zlei@psu.edu
Chiara Lo Prete Chiara Lo Prete
Assistant Professor of Energy Economics
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
213 Hosler Building
814-865-0982
chiaraloprete@psu.edu
Eugene Morgan Eugene Morgan
Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
156 Hosler Building
814-863-1642
eugene.morgan@psu.edu
Sanjay Srinivasan Sanjay Srinivasan
Head, John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
118 Hosler Building
814-863-9470
szs27@psu.edu
Mort Webster Mort Webster
Professor of Energy Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
123 Hosler Building
814-863-1640
mdw18@psu.edu

Affiliated Faculty (Other Depts):

  • Steve Greybush
  • Monty Alger
  • Murali Haran