In 1999, the College of Engineering formed what is now called the Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute (E3I) to highlight environmental research and educational activities in the College.
Engineers work on many different environmental topics including water purification, thermoacoustics using benign gases for cooling, analysis of indoor environments to provide safe living spaces, the development and application of remote sensing platforms for studying the environment, and others outlined on this website. The E3I now also focuses on energy research and education as well, with notable research work in biofuels production, solar, and wind energy research.
The E3I is one of several institutes on campus working under the direction of the university-wide Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE). In support of these energy and environmental focused activities at Penn State, the (E3I:
- Provides a central focus for the activities by engineering faculty and staff on energy and environmentally relevant topics.
- Promotes the development of more sustainable systems and technologies.
- Encourages the development and improvement of new and more efficient forms of energy production and storage.
- Facilitates collaborations of engineering faculty with others across the campus in different departments.
- Serves as the institute within engineering that coordinates activities with the Penn State Institutes of Energy and Environment (PSIEE).