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About the E3I: Our Mission

The goals of the E3I are to provide increased visibility to Penn State Engineering programs in energy and environment, to identify new research directions, and to help stimulate innovations in technologies relating to both energy and environment.

The E3I mission is to:

  • Provide advice to the College of Engineering (COE) on energy and environmentally-related research, teaching and outreach activities.
  • Take the lead role in assisting the College with Penn State Institutes for Energy and Environment (PSIEE) activities, by providing information for the PSIEE webpage,  reviewing proposals for faculty and technician hires through the PSIEE, and suggesting speakers for PSIEE-sponsored seminars.
  • Create and maintain a website that lists E3I faculty members and provide links to their home pages, provides examples of energy and environmentally-related research in the COE, and lists both energy and environment-related courses in the college.
  • Serve as a focal point for COE initiatives in environmental and energy education, for example: the development of new courses; assessment of existing environment and energy related courses in engineering, and those across campus of interest to engineers; the review of undergraduate and graduate-degree programs, and undergraduate minors, for environmental and energy programs at University Park and other Penn State campuses.
  • Coordinate activities related to energy and environmental topics for campus publications, and outreach programs to state and federal agencies, industries and the public.
  • Serve as a focal point for COE interactions with other Penn State Institutes when environmental and energy topics are involved.
  • Facilitate interactions of engineering faculty with scientists and other engineers across the campus by setting up meetings and sponsoring special events (symposia, poster session, workshops) that bring together Penn State Faculty.
  • Initiate new environment and energy-related Centers and Laboratories in the College.
  • Identify new funding sources related to both energy and environmental activities with an engineering component.
  • Assist with interdisciplinary proposals such as Training Grants, for example, NSF/IGERT and GANN grants.
  • Interact with industry and the federal agencies to promote greater attention to the energy and environmentally-related activities in the College of Engineering.