Become an IEE Affiliate

Affiliates are Penn Staters who have a connection to or an interest in the work being done at and through the Institutes of Energy and the Environment. Faculty and researchers from across Penn State, including the Commonwealth campuses, have become affiliates of IEE.

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Researcher Name Title Research Summary
Johannes Verlinde College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Meteorology

Research interests include cloud processes, radar meteorology and remote sensing of clouds, with a focus on arctic and other stratiform clouds.

Robert Voigt College of Engineering Professor of Industrial Engineering

Research focus is in the area of advanced materials and processing with emphasis on metal casting, heat treatment, steel processing, foundry sand s

Tyler Wagner College of Agricultural Sciences Adjunct Associate Professor of Fisheries Ecology

Research interests include fisheries ecology, multiple spatial-scale assessment of aquatic resources, land-water interactions and hierarchical mode

Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor College of the Liberal Arts Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies

Current research is on climate change literature and creativity theory with relation to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Chao-Yang Wang College of Engineering William E. Diefender, Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests include multiphase transport, batteries and fuel cells.

James Wang College of Engineering Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

Research focus is in visual database search and retrieval.

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 batteries and sol

John Yilin Wang College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Research interests include hydraulic fracturing design and evaluation, reservoir simulation study, production strategy and evaluation and recovery

Qing Wang College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Research is centered on the development of novel functional polymers and polymer nanocomposites with unique electronic, photonic and transport prop

Annmarie Ward College of Education Assistant Professor of Education

Research interests lie in understanding best practices for teaching science content to pre-service and in-service elementary and middle school teac

Denice Wardrop College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Interim Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute

Research interests include landscape ecology, wetland plant communities, effects of human disturbance on wetland ecosystems and wetland condition a

Andrew Warner College of Agricultural Sciences Affiliated Faculty
Robert D. Weaver College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Agricultural Economics

Research interests include production efficiency and productivity, markets and prices, agricultural policy and marketing, economic performance, env

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.
Kenneth Weiss College of the Liberal Arts Evan Pugh Professor of Biological Anthropology and GeneticsEvan Pugh Professor of Biological Anthrop

Research is in the nature of evolution as a process generally, and specifically how it generates the genetic basis of complex traits.

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler) College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Agricultural Engineering

Research interests include air quality in animal housing, gas emissions from animal agriculture, horse stable engineering, greenhouse environment c

Tim White College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Senior Research Associate, EMS Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

Research interests include field-based sedimentary geology, paleoclimatology, paleopedology, chemostratigraphy, organic petrology and hydrogeology.

Peter Wilf College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Geosciences

Research interests include paleobotany, paleobiology and paleoclimatology.

Mary Beth Williams Eberly College of Science Professor of Chemistry

Research focuses on peptide linked inorganic supramolecular assemblies as molecular wires and for artificial photosynthesis as well as magnetic nan

Daniel Willis College of Arts and Architecture Professor of Architecture

Research focuses on relationships between time, space and substance in architecture; materiality and processes of making; politics, economics and e

James Wines College of Arts and Architecture Professor of Architecture

Research focuses on green architecture specifically on the design of site-specific structures that engage information about the environment, includ

Scott Wing College of Arts and Architecture Associate Professor of Architecture

Research interests include bridging architectural technology and poetic intention from urban scales to the detail, learning by making through desig

Karen Winterich Smeal College of Business Assistant Professor of Marketing

Research focuses on consumer behavior, with specific interests in the effects of consumer identities and emotions on consumer judgments and decisio

Tak-Sing Wong College of Engineering Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests include wetting and interfacial phenomena, MEMS, microfluidics, micro- and nanomanufacturing, and biologically inspired technolo

Thomas Wood College of Engineering Endowed Biotechnology Chair

Research pursuits include understanding the genetic basis of biofilm formation to prevent disease and to utilize biofilms for beneficial biotransfo

James Wood College of the Liberal Arts Professor of Anthropology and Demography

Research spans several areas of human population biology, primarily the biodemography of human mortality and fertility, historical demography and l

Bradley Woods College of Agricultural Sciences CEDEV Instructor and Education Specialist

Research and teaching interests lie within four main areas: impacts of natural resource extraction in resource dependent communities, human dimensi

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.

Melissa Wright College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Geography and Women's Studies

Studies the dynamics linking political, cultural and economic processes.

Yuefeng Xie Penn State Harrisburg Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science, Engineering and Technology

Research interests include formation and control of disinfection by-products; water and wastewater filtration using crumb rubber media; water and w

Jian Xu College of Engineering Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Focused on development of novel optoelectronic devices based on nanomaterials and nanofabrication techniques.

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, ozone, nit

Brent Yarnal College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Geography

Research addresses global change in local places, or how people and the places in which they live contribute to problems such as climate change or

Savas Yavuzkurt College of Engineering Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests include turbulent flows (experimental and theoretical), convective heat transfer, experimental methods in fluids, combustion and

John Yen College of Information Sciences and Technology Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

Research focuses on the capturing and modeling of human knowledge in software agents for supporting decision making, for improving the productivity

Richard Yetter College of Engineering Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests include combustion/environmental science, combustion chemistry, heterogeneous combustion, materials synthesis, propellant combus

Jiro Yoshida Smeal College of Business Assistant Professor of Business

Research includes asset pricing, real estate finance and macroeconomics.

George Young College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Meteorology

Focuses on observational and diagnostic studies of turbulence and mesoscale weather systems; forecast technique development and implementation; int

Dave Yoxtheimer College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Extension Associate, Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research

Investigates water-treatment, water-quality and environmental issues related to natural resource development and specifically to the Marcellus shal

Eric Zenner College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Professor of Silviculture

Research interest lies in linking forest structure to understory and overstory dynamics, such as with respect to forest regeneration, partial distu

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