The Institutes of Energy and the Environment is one of the interdisciplinary research institutes organized under the Office of the Vice President for Research. We not only work across colleges and departments at Penn State to help researchers in multiple disciplines collaborate together, but across other institutes as well.

The IEE Network

The IEE Institutes

IEE is the organizational home to two interdisciplinary research institutes, both of which are also located physically in the Land & Water Research Building on the University Park Campus.

The Institute for Natural Gas Research (INGAR) is directed by Monty Alger. INGAR also administers The Center for Collaborative Research on Intelligent Natural Gas Supply Systems at Penn State (CCRINGSS), which engages Penn State researchers and students in many disciplines in collaborative work with various industry stakeholders. 

The Water Institute, formed in 2015, will also be located in IEE. A director search is underway. Related to interdisciplinary water research, IEE also provides support to the Polar Center, the Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST), and we are ongoing collaborators with the PA Sea Grant program. 

IEE, along with the colleges and research institutes named below, supports institutes and centers that are working in our primary research themes. 

The Ecology Institute is a new collaboration between IEE and the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences. It is directed by Dr. Matthew Thomas. 

These groups are administratively organized under both PSIEE and a College: 

The EMS Energy Institute is located in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and is supported by IEE. The Energy Institute is directed by Dr. Chunshan Song, who is also Associate Director of IEE.

The Engineering, Energy & Environmental Institute (E3I) is located in the College of Engineering and is supported by IEE. Dr. Bruce Logan directs the institute, and he is a member of the PSIEE Coordinating Council. 

The Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI) is located in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and is supported by IEE. It is directed by Dr. Jim Shortle, who is a member of the Coordinating Council.

The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) is part of the College of EMS and IEE. It is directed by Dr. Susan Brantley, who is also a member of the IEE Coordinating Council. 

The Rock Ethics Institute is part of the College of Liberal Arts, and is supported by IEE. Dr. Nancy Tuana is the director, and she is also a member of the IEE Coordinating Council. 

Affiliated Organizations & Collaborators

PSIEE collaborates with and supports: 

The Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR)

The Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis (CMTC)

The Pennsylvania Spatial Data Clearinghouse (PASDA)

There are also a number of organizations, institutes, centers and departments across the Penn State Campus that IEE regular collaborates with on projects or events - some of these are also located in the Land & Water Research Building on the University Park Campus. Our collaborators in the Land & Water Building include the Sustainability Institute and PASDA.

IEE manages and maintains both the Land & Water Research Building and the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) right down the street. MRL is home to BEST, as well as a myriad of individual researchers, research groups and labs. Many of the materials researchers who utilize the MRL building are part of the Materials Research Institute.

Click here to view a list of other institutes, centers and research organizations on campus.