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Nikhil Bharadwaj, Penn State’s 2016 Student Sustainability Leadership Award recipient, will be recognized at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 22 — Earth Day — with a tree-planting ceremony outside the MorningStar Solar Home on Penn State’s University Park campus, hosted by the Student Sustainability Advisory Council.

May 2016 will be an exciting month for Kyle Johnson, and not just because he will be graduating with his degree in environmental systems engineering from Penn State.

Adam Larson and Tyler Farnan pile on the last scoops of soil around the new ash trees they just planted in Rothrock State Forest, their footprints still fresh in the dirt.

Amid busy course schedules and extracurricular activities, five students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) found time to squeeze in a monumental project — organizing and coordinating the college’s annual recruitment open house, Earth and Mineral Sciences Exposition (EMEX).

The Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) graduate program in petroleum engineering tied for No. 5 nationally, improving from No. 7 in the last ranking, and the graduate program in materials engineering was rated No. 13 in the nation, according to U.S.

A team of students from the Penn State student chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is competing in ELECTRI International’s 2016 Green Energy Challenge Competition.

Ganesh Thakur, 2012 SPE President, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Thakur is president of Thakur Services. He was elected for his leadership in the implementation of integrated reservoir management techniques.

J. Thomas Hill, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Vulcan Materials Company, will give the 2016 G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture in Mineral Engineering at Penn State. Hill will give the lecture "Aggregate Mining — You Can't Live Without Us" at 4:30 p.m.

Luis Ayala, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, has been named the inaugural William A. Fustos Family Professor in Energy and Mineral Engineering. The endowed professorship was established with a $1 million gift from William and Lindsey Fustos, both Penn State graduates.

Eight Penn State alumni have been selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual. <Read full article on Penn State News>