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
Seogchan Kang College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Plant Pathology

Research interests include molecular genetics and genomics of fungal plant pathogens as well as comparative analysis of the genetic and physiologic

Teh-hui Kao Eberly College of Science Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research interests include biochemical and molecular bases of self/non-self recognition during plant reproduction.

Zuleima Karpyn College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Research interests include multi-phase flow in porous media, capillary-driven flow, unconventional reservoirs, solid/liquid interfaces and wettabil

Heather Karsten College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Professor of Crop Production\Ecology

Agroecological research to design sustainable cropping systems, particularly in the role of perennials in cropping system sustainability.

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.

Margot Kaye College of Agricultural Sciences Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology

Research themes focus on northeastern forest regeneration and global change; impacts of woody shrub invasion on eastern forest dynamics; late-succe

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.

Gregory Kelly College of Education Associate Dean for Research, Outreach, and TechnologyProfessor of Education (Science Education)

Research interests include science education, student learning, philosophy and sociology of science, classroom interaction and qualitative research

Maurie Kelly Senior Research Associate, Penn State Institutes of the Environment

Research focuses on issues related to leadership, particularly leadership during times of crisis, and organizational development.

Timothy W. Kelsey College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Agricultural Economics

Research on a variety of economic development issues in Pennsylvania, including taxation and tax reform, fiscal impacts of land use change, economi

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 environmental ste

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, human effec

William Kenyon College of Arts and Architecture Associate Professor of Theatre

An active professional designer, recent work includes performances at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Wolftrap, and the Qatar International Art

Robert Keolian College of Engineering Associate Professor of Acoustics

Thermoacoustic refrigeration complete systems that include a wide range of subsystems (electro-acoustic transducers, heat exchangers, resonators, s

Seong Kim College of Engineering Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research interests include vapor-phase lubrication, super-lubricious diamond-like carbon coatings, self-healing boundary lubrication films, interfa

R. Allen Kimel College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Research interests include ceramic processing, synthesis and processing of nanoparticles in aqueous environments, undergraduate education, colloida

Brian King College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Associate Professor of Geography

Research concentrates upon several topics, particularly the impacts of conservation and development in Southern Africa, social and environmental ju

Beth King College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Assistant Program Manager for Advising

Research interests include GIScience, adult education and problem-based learning.

Elizabeth Kisenwether College of Engineering Assistant Professor, Engineering Design

Engineering design methodology, product design, innovation and entrepreneurship, and engineering education assessment.

Peter Kleinman College of Agricultural Sciences Soil Scientist

Interactions between land management and landscape processes that control the transfer of nutrients from land to water.

Andrew Kleit College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics

Research interests include electricity economics, energy and environmental economics, health care, financial risk management, antitrust, pharmaceut

Mark Klima College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Associate Department Head. EME

Research interests include mineral processing and coal preparation separations, gravity concentration and size classification processes, particle p

David Klinikowski College of Engineering Director, Center for Bus Research and Testing

Comparison of bus models through the use of an established set of test procedures.

Alexander Klippel College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Associate Professor of Geography

Research interests center on multidisciplinary topics at the interface between spatial cognition and GIScience, especially the area of geographic e

Stephen Knabel College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Food Science

Research interests include detection, tracking and control of foodborne pathogens, development of novel methods for the recovery of injured foodbor

Sridhar Komarneni College of Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Professor of Clay Mineralogy

Research interests include cation exchange processes,nuclear and hazardous waste disposal, ultrafine particles (powders) and sol-gel chemistry.

Neil Korostoff College of Arts and Architecture Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Research interests include urban design and planning for cities in developing countries, urban and regional planning in Turkey, informal urban sett

Greg Krawczyk College of Agricultural Sciences Senior Research Associate, Extension Tree Fruit Entomologist

Research interests include integrated pest management in agricultural ecosystems, sustainable fruit production methods, biology and management of t

James Kubicki College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Geosciences

Research interests include molecular modeling, spectroscopy, reaction mechanisms, contaminant chemistry, nucleation and nanoparticle behavior of ir

Gretchen A. Kuldau College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Professor of Plant Pathology

Research focuses on mycotoxigenic fungi and their interactions with plants, specifically for new strategies for prevention of accumulation of mycot

Anil Kulkarni College of Engineering Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests include combustion, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.

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 incorporating me

Lee Kump College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Head and Professor of Geosciences

Research interests include biogeochemical cycles, environmental biogeochemistry and atmosphere/ocean evolution.

Anthony Kwasnica Smeal College of Business Associate Professor of Business Economics

Studies the role of private information in microeconomic systems.

Luke LaBorde College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Professor of Food Science

Research focuses on the quality and safety of fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms; mushroom food safety interventions; UV induced degradation of juic

Todd LaJeunesse Eberly College of Science Associate Professor of Biology

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

Akhlesh Lakhtakia College of Engineering Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Nanotechnolog and behavior of electro-magnetic fields and waves in complex materials.

William J. Lamont College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Vegetable Crops

Research interests include integrated crop management practices for potatoes/vegetables, evaluation of various water delivery and management system

Michael Lanagan College of Engineering Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

New technologies for power electronic inverters and supercapacitors for electric and hybrid vehicles; characterizes microwave dielectric and magnet

Tracy Langkilde Eberly College of Science Professor of Biology

My research is broadly focused on understanding the processes that structure communities and permit the coexistence of the component species.

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