January 2016

EMS undergrads research energy, explore regions of Europe through science course

Leah Laughlin has always been fascinated by the culture and way of life of Denmark. This year, she had the opportunity to not only visit the Scandinavian country but also learn about its energy sector through a College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) interdisciplinary research course.

EMS’ Center for Advanced Undergraduate Study and Experience (CAUSE) courses are designed to promote undergraduate research and study abroad. CAUSE courses focus on the political, economic and physical environment of a selected country or area.

Student enriches education through study abroad in Ecuador

From the day she first became a Penn State student, Janki Patel knew she wanted to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. A senior double-majoring in energy business and finance (EBF) and Spanish, Patel chose Ecuador for its diverse landscape, the opportunity to improve her Spanish language skills, and to learn about the country’s energy sector.

First Penn State students to study in Ankara develop deep cultural appreciation

Ryan McCann and Luke Schramm had the chance to experience something that no other undergraduate Penn State student has experienced — studying for a semester at the prestigious Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey.

From the moment the two petroleum and natural gas engineering (PNGE) students set foot in Turkey, the trip was filled with new sights and activities, as well as many interactions that helped the students feel at home.

Mining engineering program celebrates 125 years of success

On Oct. 4, 1890, Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a mining engineering degree program. In the 125 years since then, Penn State’s mining engineering program has become one of the most influential in the country, helping to educate future engineers and providing leadership and ideas to help shape the industry. <Read the full article on Penn State News>

New technique both enhances oil recovery and sequesters carbon dioxide

A proposed recovery technique for oil extraction developed by a Penn State-led research team not only outperforms existing drilling and recovery techniques, but also has the potential to sequester more carbon dioxide in the process.

Student elevates wind energy career through online degree program

When Abby Watson first enrolled in Penn State’s Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESP) program, she didn’t realize she would advance her career before completing her degree. Through one course assignment, Watson was able to show her company — Gamesa, a wind industry leader that manufactures wind turbines and maintains wind farms in more than 50 countries — that she was qualified for a newly created position directly related to her studies.

Cracks in abandoned wells could hinder carbon sequestration efforts

In search of ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, engineers are investigating the feasibility of sequestering carbon dioxide in saltwater aquifers deep underground. New Penn State research suggests that cracks in abandoned oil and gas wells, depending on their size and other factors, may impede sequestration efforts.