November 2016

EMS student gains different perspective on energy industry through internship

Vivek “VT” Thomas, a senior petroleum and natural gas engineering student in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), expected to learn a variety of skills from his experience as an intern during summer 2016. However, he didn’t foresee the importance of training companies in the rapidly changing oil and gas industry.

Penn State Positive Energy spruces up park, tours natural gas company

More than a dozen members of Penn State’s Positive Energy student group cleaned up areas of Cross Creek Park in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in a partnership with the natural gas company Range Resources.

Positive Energy, an organization formed under the University’s student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), organizes community service events aimed at giving back to the environment. <Read full article on Penn State News>

EMS alum, entrepreneur gives 'Shark-Tank' style advice to students

The venture capital business, said Penn State alum and State College native Peter Rigby, is a “terrible learning environment.” That’s why he was on the University Park campus recently, aiming to give students an advantage in the high-risk field.

Rigby, a 1979 graduate who dual majored in petroleum and natural gas engineering and arts and sciences, said the business offers little immediate feedback.  <Read full article on Penn State News>

Penn State graduates launch business aimed at eco-friendly recycling

Take a look in your basement, spare room or closet and you might see an old sofa, refrigerator or television. But a trio of Penn State graduates sees opportunity.

Weiliang Lei, energy engineering, 2012; Endrit Ali, computer engineering, 2012; and Andriy Bokalo, electrical engineering, 2013; in April launched Wastekon, a company that designed a website to link reusable materials to collectors, or those in need.

$1.1 million grant aimed at preventing coal mine collapses

No one can predict exactly when a coal mine will collapse, but a $1.1 million grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health aims to change that, according to a Penn State mineral engineer.

EMS student spearheads global student charity organization SPE Cares

Penn State had many reasons to be happy at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: the SPE student chapter was awarded Outstanding Student Chapter, Professor Russell Johns was lauded for his research and the Petrobowl team took third place, the highest in team history.

EMS has strong showing at Society of Petroleum Engineers conference in Dubai

Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences had the second largest contingent of students attend the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in September, many returning with awards at the event that pairs students with 7,500 industry professionals from 91 countries. <Read full article on Penn State News>

Eight selected to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2017

The Penn State Board of Trustees today (Nov. 4) selected eight Penn State alumni to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest honor presented to its alumni. The following individuals will be officially notified of their selection by the board and invited to accept the award from the University in June 2017. <Read full article on Penn State News>