Penn State has a vast network of faculty, staff, and students within many centers, institutes, colleges, and departments all focused on tackling the most pressing energy and environmental issues facing the world today. Our educational offerings in energy include more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additionally, Penn State offers more than 20 workforce development and continuing education programs. We are leading in research by generating the knowledge and technology that will drive the next energy revolution; in education by preparing a workforce that is both highly trained and highly adaptable, ready for global careers and collaboration; and, in service by partnering with industry to address urgent, real world needs for energy production and policy. We have built strong connections to industry through research partnerships and philanthropic relationships with energy companies ranging from the local to the multinational. The Institutes of Energy and the Environment is the central coordinating structure for energy and environmental research at Penn State. The five research themes that are the focus of the Institutes for Energy and the Environment are:
- Climate and Ecosystem Change: As the climate changes so do ecosystems. In order to manage the risks of anthropogenic, or human-driven, climate change poses, Penn State researchers are confronting the challenges at the nexus of natural and social sciences, ethics, engineering, and mathematics.
- Health and the Environment: Just as humans affect the environment, the environment affects humans. Penn State researchers are collaborating on ways that human health is being impacted, from pollution and toxins to infectious disease and climate change.
- Integrated Energy Systems: New sources of power generation are needed to meet skyrocketing world energy demand. Penn State researchers innovate solutions and lead efforts that support scalable, abundant, safe, affordable, and clean energy.
- Urban Systems: With cities growing and more and more people moving to urban areas, the need to find and implement sustainable, healthy, and affordable solutions is essential and urgent. Penn State researchers collaborate across disciplines to identify and implement solutions on a global scale.
- Water and Biogeochemical Cycles: Population growth, development, and environmental changes are increasing stress on water resources throughout the world. At Penn State, researchers work to understand and manage water and biogeochemical cycles as coupled earth systems to ensure a sustainable future.