IEE co-funds a group of extraordinary faculty dedicated to interdisciplinary research. These faculty have their academic homes in more than 30 departments across the University. They help Penn State to realize our commitment to interdisciplinary research on critical energy and environmental challenges.

Researcher Name Title Research Summary
Charles Anderson Eberly College of Science Assistant Professor of Biology

Our lab studies plant cell wall dynamics, with the goal of informing efforts to produce sustainable food, materials, and bioenergy from p

Jennifer Baka College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Assistant Professor of Geography Energy geographer interested in understanding the interconnected political and biophysical processes shaping and shaped by systems of energy
Tom Baker College of Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Professor of Entomology

Insect-to-insect or plant-to-insect chemical communication via olfaction, neuroethology, heliothine moth sex pheromone and host plant vol

Seth Blumsack College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Associate Professor of Energy Policy and Economics

Energy and electric power systems; regulation and deregulation of network industries; congestion pricing and management; complex systems

Elizabeth W. Boyer College of Agricultural Sciences PSIEE Assistant Director - Water Resources

Coupled hydrological, ecological, & biogeochemical processes that affect streamflow and water quality; design of land management prog

Kathryn Brasier College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Professor of Rural Sociology

Collective action, networks and public participation related to agricultural, natural resource, and environmental issues; social and econ

Robert Brooks College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Geography and Ecology

Ecology, conservation and restoration of wetlands, streams and riparian areas; wetland wildlife; landscape ecology; developing hydrogeomo

Xun Cao College of the Liberal Arts Associate Professor of Political Science

International and comparative political economy, environmental and energy politics, network analysis, and spatial models.

Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri College of Engineering Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Power system dynamics and control, wide-area monitoring systems, application of power electronics in power systems, online system identifica
Ismaila Dabo College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

My group develops and applies first-principles and multiscale models to study materials for energy applications.

Donald Davis College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Plant Pathology

Health of hardwood forests, hardwood tree fungal pathogens and etiology of hardwood tree diseases, susceptibility of forest plants to ozo

Kenneth Davis College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Meteorology

Research interests include boundary layer meteorology, terrestrial carbon and hydrologic cycles, remote sensing using lidar, flux measure

Kristina Douglass Kristina Douglass College of the Liberal Arts Assistant Professor of Anthropology Douglass’ current work investigates human-environment interaction in Madagascar.
Jonathan Duncan Jonathan Duncan College of Agricultural Sciences Assistant Professor of Hydrology Research includes work in water quality, biogeochemistry, hydrology, ecohydrology, watershed management, geomorphology, environmental scienc
Roman Engel-Herbert College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Current research interests are the growth of binary and complex oxides using thin film deposition techniques and their integration with c

Miriam Freedman Eberly College of Science Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Heterogeneous processes in the environment, and more specifically those related to atmospheric science; interaction of radiation with aer

Jim Freihaut James D. Freihaut College of Engineering Professor of Architectural Engineering

Indoor air quality and building science, enclosed space air quality issues, system constraints on air treatment/filtration solutions.

Heather Gall College of Agricultural Sciences Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Research interests center around the fate, transport, and impacts of emerging contaminants.

Noel Chris Giebink College of Engineering Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Research interests highlight the combination of organic and inorganic materials in optoelectronic and photonic devices, with a particular

Adam Glick College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Veterinary Science

Our research focus is on mechanisms of cancer - a development in squamous epithelia.

Jillian Goldfarb Jillian Goldfarb College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Assistant Professor of Energy Engineering Biofuels and sustainable materials for environmental applications, thermal and chemical analysis, process design, and materials characteriza
Christopher Gorski College of Engineering Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Research utilizes advanced spectroscopic and electrochemical approaches to understand the mechanisms and thermodynamics of environmental

Ying Gu Eberly College of Science Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Cellulose biosynthesis in plants: identification and characterization of novel components in cellulose synthase complexes to increase t

Peter Hudson Eberly College of Science Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Explores disease dynamics in three main study areas: epidemiology and population dynamics, heterogeneities and parasite interactions, wi

Scott Isard College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Aerobiology

Research interests include aerobiology, movement and dispersal of organisms, meteorology, and field measurement focusing on the biologica

Michael Janik College of Engineering Professor of Chemical Engineering

Atomistic modeling approaches to study systems of relevance for advanced energy conversion technology.

Gregory S. Jenkins College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Meteorology

Atmospheric/Air Chemistry: Biomass burning, soils and lightning in Africa provide natural and anthropogenic sources of o

Jason Kaye College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry

Research focuses on changing biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems, particularly interested in the nitrogen cycle.

Klaus Keller College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Geosciences

Research interests include climate change, Bayesian inference, decision-making under uncertainty and climate risk management.

Armen Kemanian College of Agricultural Sciences Assistant Professor of Production Systems and Modeling

Develops and applies comprehensive agricultural and natural systems simulation models with the goal of improving productivity and environ

Douglas Kennett College of the Liberal Arts Professor of Environmental Archaeology and Human Behavioral Ecology

Research interests include evolutionary and ecological theory, human paleoecology, human behavioral ecology, environmental archaeology, h

Manish Kumar College of Engineering Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research is focused on developing and studying novel membranes and materials for environmental and energy applications focusing on incorp

Todd LaJeunesse Eberly College of Science Associate Professor of Biology

Focuses on the evolutionary ecology of mutualistic symbioses, mainly coral-dinoflagellate associations.

Ben Lear Eberly College of Science Associate Professor of Chemistry

Current research focuses on electron transfer for solar energy capture, molecular conductance and dynamics of electronic coupling.

Li Li College of Engineering Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering

Research focuses on understanding coupled multiphase flow and multicomponent reactive transport processes relevant to geological CO2 sequ

Chiara Lo Prete College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Assistant Professor of Energy Economics Research interests include energy industry restructuring, pricing issues and market design in the United States.
Bruce Logan College of Engineering Evan Pugh and Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering

Research interests include the sustainability of water infrastructure; bioenergy production such as biological hydrogen production and mi

Angela Lueking College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Development and advanced characterization of new carbon materials, new synthesis routes to existing carbon materials, low temperature H2

Jonathan Mathews College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Associate Professor Energy and Mineral Engineering

Research interests inlude CO2 sequestration in coal, molecular modeling of coal/char, coal to liquids research, and structural representa

Curtis Omiecinski College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Veterinary Science

Research is focused on the molecularbiology of mammalian biotransformation.

Gregory Pavlak Gregory Pavlak College of Engineering Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering Pavlak’s research interests focus on increasing the intelligence and autonomy of building energy systems and generation technologies.
Sandeep Prabhu College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology

Research interests include regulation of gene expression by oxidative, glycative and hypertonic stressors; molecular mechanisms underlyin

Jason Rasgon College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology

Vector arthropods and the pathogens they transmit, with emphasis on release of genetically-modified mosquitoes for disease control, patho

John Regan College of Engineering Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research interests include biological processes with an emphasis on nutrient removal, regrowth in drinking water distribution systems, fe

Tom Richard College of Agricultural Sciences Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Applies fundamental engineering science to microbial ecosystems, developing innovative strategies for a more sustainable agriculture and

Robert Rioux College of Engineering Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research interests include heterogeneous catalysis, catalyst design and synthesis, time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy of condensed systems,

Howard Salis College of Agricultural Sciences Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Biological Engineering

Focuses on the development of rational design methods for engineering synthetic biological systems - metabolic pathways, genetic circuits

Sven Schmitz College of Engineering Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Aerodynamics, wind energy and rotorcraft aeromechanics.

Erica Smithwick College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Associate Professor of Geography

Research is at the interface of landscape and ecosystem ecology, focusing on the influence of spatial patterns on ecosystem function with

Chunshan Song College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science and Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research interests include catalysis in fuel processing for ultra-clean fuels and fuel cells; reforming of hydrocarbon and alcohol fuels

Adri van Duin College of Engineering Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests include atomistic-scale simulations of chemical reactions, reactive force fields (ReaxFF), quantum chemistry, combusti

Randy Vander Wal College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

Research focuses on nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes, onions, capsules, metal oxide semiconductors, noble and transition metal ca

Donghai Wang College of Engineering Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests include design and synthesis of nanostructured functional materials and clean energy technologies including Li batteri

Mort Webster College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering Specializing in risk analysis, uncertainty analysis, and decision-making under uncertainty, Dr.
Peter Wilf College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Geosciences

Research interests include paleobotany, paleobiology and paleoclimatology.

Douglas Wrenn College of Agricultural Sciences Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics

Focused on environmental economics, urban and land use economics, applied economics, nonmarket valuation, and policy analysis.

Jeff Yanosky College of Medicine Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Research interests focus on the statistical modeling of air pollutant concentrations, including fine and coarse mode particulate matter,

Katherine Y. Zipp College of Agricultural Sciences Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics Research interests include: environmental and resource economics, land-use economics, spatial modeling, joint ecological-economic modeling a