Penn State partners with German university on energy research

Researchers at Penn State are partnering with counterparts in Germany to find new energy solutions.

Tom Richard is director of Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment, but for six months, he hasn’t been in Happy Valley. He has been in the Black Forest, working with researchers at the University of Freiburg to explore biofuels.

Faculty Spotlight: Matt Hurteau – “Work and play and trees”

Matt Hurteau spends more time in trees than the average person. 

“I wanted to get a degree in something that would allow me to focus my attention on the natural world” Hurteau says. 

And that is exactly what he did.  After a stint with a pharmaceutical company, where he used vacation time to go backpacking, Hurteau went back to school and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis in 2007.