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
Andrew Lau College of Engineering Associate Professor of Engineering Design

Sustainable design, solar energy applications and engineering ethics.

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.

Sukyoung Lee College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Meteorology

Research interests include the general circulation of the atmosphere and climate, including midlatitude storm tracks, westerly jets, the Hadley cir

Dongwon Lee College of Information Sciences and Technology Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

Research issues involving the management of information and knowledge, and their applications in the World Wide Web.

Zhen Lei College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics

Research interests include economics of innovation, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, science and technology policy, energy and environmenta

Robert Leicht College of Engineering Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering

Research focuses on collaboration, notably interdisciplinary collaborative efforts, within architecture, engineering, and construction.

Laura Leites College of Agricultural Sciences Assistant Professor of Quantitative Forest Ecology

Quantification, modeling and mapping of forest ecosystem attributes and processes. Modeling forest ecosystem responses to climatic change.

George Lesieutre College of Engineering Professor and Head, Aerospace Engineering

Research interests include dynamics of aerospace vehicles and structures, structural dynamics, vibration and noise control, controlled structures,

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 sequestration,

Robert Light Director of Pennsylvania Sea Grant

Research, education, training, and outreach projects to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of coastal resources.

Thomas Lin Senior Research Associate, Applied Research Laboratory

Modeling of multiphase reacting jets for underwater propulsion systems; magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) tests and modeling; critical heat flux tests for

Henry Lin College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Professor of Hydropedology/Soil Hydrology

Research interests include hydropedology, critical zone science, pedology, soil physics, hydrology, geophysics, ecosystem science, complex systems,

Darla Lindberg College of Arts and Architecture Professor of Architecture

Approach advances design architecture and design science to explore not only the indeterminate and non-reductive (Complexity) of contributing disci

Thomas Litzinger College of Engineering Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests include gas turbines, internal combustion engines, emissions, fuels and propellants.

Jude Liu College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Professor of Agricultural Engineering

Research focuses on testing mechanical properties of dedicated energy crops, studying field efficiency and capacity of different machine systems fo

Zi-Kui Liu College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Research interests include first-principles calculations, computational thermodynamics, computational materials design, aluminum alloys, magnesium

Shimin Liu College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Assistant Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering

Research includes gas storage and transport mechanism in coalbed methane reservoirs and carbon sequestration in geological formations, especially i

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 microbial fu

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 evolution

A. E. Luloff College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Rural Sociology

Research concentrates on the impacts of rapid social change, as a result of sociodemographic shifts, on the natural and human resource bases of the

Dawn Luthe College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Plant Stress Biology

Research focuses on how plants respond to environmental stresses at the physiological, biochemical and molecular levels with a special interest in

Serguei Lvov College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

Research areas are electrochemistry, thermodynamics, material sciences, and environmental sciences.

Jonathan Lynch College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Plant Nutrition

Research focuses on understanding the basis of plant adaptation to drought and low soil fertility.

Jennifer Macalady College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Associate Professor of Geosciences

Research interests include geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry and astrobiology, microbial behavior and evolution.

David Macauley Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies

Political theory, environmental philosophy, Continental philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, film criticism and philosophy of technology

Alan MacEachren College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Geography

Research interests include spatial cognition, geographic information science, visual analytics, geovisualization, cartography, geocollaboration and

Carolyn Mahan Penn State Altoona Professor of Biology

Research interests include the study of biodiversity in threatened ecosystems, the effects of human-modified landscapes on wildlife, behavioral eco

Thomas Mallouk Eberly College of Science Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Physics

Research interests include inorganic and analytical chemistry; synthesis of new materials; and chemical applications of solid state materials, incl

Michael Mann College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Distinguished Professor of Meteorology

Research interests include reconstruction of past climate using climate paleoclimate ``proxy'' dataas well as model/data comparisons aime

Costas Maranas College of Engineering Donald B. Broughton Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research interests include modeling/optimization of directed evolution protocols for protein engineering, optimization in metabolic engineering and

Janna Maranas College of Engineering Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research addresses nano-scale structure and mobility in soft materials.

James Marden photo James Marden Eberly College of Science Professor of Biology

Research investigates both mechanistic details of animal physiology, along with ecological and historical reasons why particular physiological mech

Jonathan Marks College of the Liberal Arts Associate Professor of Bioethics, Humanities and Law

Research interests include the intersection of professional ethics and human rights, neuroethics (with a particular interest in the ethical implica

Matt Marshall College of Agricultural Sciences Adjunct Assistant Professor of Wildlife Conservation National Park Service

Ecological monitoring, avian ecology, experimental design

Megan Marshall College of Agricultural Sciences Instructor and Program Coordinator, Ag and Biological Engineering

Research interests include biomass energy, sustainable agriculture, composting, microbial communities and systems modeling.

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 representation of co

Mark Maughmer College of Engineering Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Research focus is in the design, analysis and wind-tunnel testing of airfoils including natural laminar flow aerodynamics, the user of boundary-lay

Jeffery Mayer College of Engineering Associate Professor of Electrical Engineer

Research and teaching interests are in the related areas of power electronics, electric machinery, power system dynamics, energy conversion and con

Sarah McClure College of the Liberal Arts Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Environmental archaeologist interested in the spread of farming in the Mediterranean and Europe.

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