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Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME)

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TURGAY ERTEKIN, Department Head for the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
118 Hosler Building
814-865-6082
Email: eur@psu.edu

LUIS F. AYALA H., Associate Department Head for Graduate Education
103A Hosler Building
814-865-4053
Email: ayala@psu.edu
www.eme.psu.edu

 

Degrees Conferred:

Ph.D., M.S. (with or without options in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering; Mining and Mineral Process Engineering; Environmental Health and Safety Engineering; Fuel Science; and Energy Management and Policy)

 

The Graduate Faculty

 

The Department

The John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering provides a vertically integrated approach to research and education in all aspects of the energy and mineral industries, including scientific and engineering issues, health and safety, and maintenance of high environmental standards. The department's mission is to forge an intellectual and scientific cohesiveness in energy and mineral resource technology. This objective is achieved by exploiting the natural synergy between the exploration, extraction, processing, and utilization of energy and mineral resources so as to cater to the emerging needs of society.

The department offers advanced degrees in Energy and Mineral Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.). The department has overall requirements for the M.S., and Ph.D. degrees with specific requirements associated with each program. The department also offers integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) degree programs that combine the M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering with each of the five B.S. degree programs: Energy Business and Finance; Energy Engineering; Environmental Systems Engineering; Mining Engineering; and Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.

Energy and Mineral Engineering Program

The Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) program is a single graduate program with a focus on the production of energy and minerals in an economic, safe and efficient manner. The program provides flexible education of students in energy and mineral sciences and engineering, with focus on both non-renewable and renewable resource and energy industries. The program is designed to resolve the sometimes competing goals of flexible education of requisite breadth while still providing in-depth study; students are required to follow a focused curriculum that combines the requisite rigor with flexibility in a rapidly changing field of endeavor. Participating students take core program and required option courses and additional courses from a broad array of courses to meet the total credit requirements. Students are not required to choose an option. However, a student who desires disciplinary identity may choose from among the five available options: petroleum and natural gas engineering, mining and mineral process engineering, environmental health and safety engineering, fuel science, and energy management and policy.

Admission Requirements

Scores for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required for admission, though this may be waived at the discretion of the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted by the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program up to the number of spaces available for new students. At the discretion of the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program, a student may be granted provisional admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate Council requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Admission to the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering is competitive. Entering students must hold a bachelor's degree in a science or engineering discipline unless they are on the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) program. Students with 3.00 or better (out of 4.00) junior/senior cumulative grade-point averages and appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission. Exceptions to the minimum 3.00 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests. Undergraduate students from the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering with sixth semester standing, minimum grade-point average of 3.5, and excellent faculty recommendations may be admitted for a five-year B.S./M.S. integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) degrees.

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. International applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the internet-based test (iBT). Applicants with iBT speaking scores between 15 and 18 may be considered for provisional admission, which requires an institutional test of English proficiency upon first enrollment and, if necessary, remedial course work. The minimum composite score for the IELTS is 6.5. Specific graduate programs may have more stringent requirements. International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British west Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, The United States, and Wales.

Letters of recommendation and an applicant's statement of purpose are also required.

Master's Degree Requirements

The M.S. degree program in Energy and Mineral Engineering is designed for students to gain advanced knowledge for research, analysis, and design in Energy and Mineral Engineering. Students pursuing an M.S. degree will be required to complete 24 course credits and submit a thesis (6 credits) to the Graduate Council. Prescribed courses are EME 500(3), EME 580(3), EME 590(1), and EME 600(6); an additional 17 credits of electives are required (for options, 12 of these elective credits are prescribed). Graduate committees in the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program play an important role in formulating individual course and research schedules. At least 18 of the total course credits must be at the 500 level or above.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. program in Energy and Mineral Engineering emphasizes scholarly research and help students prepare for research and related careers in industry, government and academe. Acceptance into the Ph.D. degree program in Energy and Mineral Engineering is based on the student's performance on the Ph.D. candidacy examination administered by the faculty of the EME graduate program. A comprehensive examination is required of all Ph.D. candidates and should be taken after substantial completion of course work. The comprehensive examination is the responsibility of the candidate's doctoral committee and administered according to the rules specified by the Graduate Council. The Ph.D. program in Energy and Mineral Engineering is quite flexible, with minimum formal requirements. A minimum of 12 post M.S. course credits and 12 research credits are required. At least 18 course credits for the graduate program must be at the 500 level or above. For students entering the program with an M.S. degree, 500-level or above courses already taken either at Penn State or other institutions may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the 18 credits of 500-level or above course requirements if they are found to be appropriate. Students meet the general communication requirement for all Ph.D. candidates through the candidacy examination where a candidate is required to submit a written research paper or proposal of less than 15 double-spaced pages and make a formal public presentation and defense of the research proposal. The candidate is assessed by the exam committee on both technical and communication proficiency. Although encouraged, competency in a foreign language is not required for the Ph.D. degree. However, each Ph.D. candidate is expected to demonstrate competency in communication and language by successfully completing EME 581(3) (Research and Geostatistics Methods) which teaches students methods for the conduct, analysis and effective communication of scientific research and spatial characterization.

The general requirements for graduation are outlined in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) Degree Requirements

Integrated B.S. in Energy Business and Finance and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering
The integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) program between the Energy Business and Finance undergraduate program and the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program enables academically superior and research-focused EBF undergraduate students to also obtain an M.S. degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering in five years of study. The IUG admission and degree requirements are shown below.


Integrated B.S. in Energy Engineering and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering
The integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) program between the Energy Engineering undergraduate program and the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program enables academically superior and research-focused ENENG undergraduate students to also obtain an M.S. degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering in five years of study. The IUG admission and degree requirements are shown below.

Integrated B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering
The integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) program between the Environmental Systems Engineering undergraduate program and the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program enables academically superior and research-focused ENVSE undergraduate students to also obtain an M.S. degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering in five years of study. The IUG admission and degree requirements are shown below.


Integrated B.S. in Mining Engineering and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering
The integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) program between the Mining Engineering undergraduate program and the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program enables academically superior and research-focused MNG E undergraduate students to also obtain an M.S. degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering in five years of study. The IUG admission and degree requirements are shown below.


Integrated B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and M.S. in Energy and Mineral Engineering
The integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) program between the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering undergraduate program and the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program enables academically superior and research-focused PNG E undergraduate students to also obtain an M.S. degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering in five years of study. The IUG admission and degree requirements are shown below.

The John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering offers integrated B.S./M.S. programs that are designed to allow academically superior and research-focused undergraduate students in any of our five B.S. degree programs—Energy Business and Finance (EBF); Energy Engineering (ENENG); Environmental Systems Engineering (ENVSE); Mining Engineering (MNG E); and Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNG E)—also to obtain an M.S. degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) within five years of study. Students interested in the five-year Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) program must apply for admission to The Graduate School and be admitted into the EME IUG program by the end of their junior year.

In the first three years IUG students will follow the course scheduling of the undergraduate major in the department (see Undergraduate Degree Program Bulletin). Students interested in the IUG program will, however, be encouraged to take upper-level classes, whenever appropriate. An admitted student will begin the senior year working towards the B.S./M.S. with an M.S. Advising Committee. The student will follow the course scheduling of the B.S. major while also taking 500-level courses, whenever appropriate, to satisfy the M.S. requirements. The student will also start work on a thesis designed to meet the requirements of the M.S. thesis. In the fifth year the student will continue to work towards satisfying all degree requirements for the B.S. and M.S. degrees including the M.S. thesis. Undergraduate tuition rates will apply as long as the student is an undergraduate, unless the student receives financial support, for example, an assistantship requiring the payment of graduate tuition.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate students from the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering with sixth semester standing and minimum grade-point average of 3.5 who wish to complete the Integrated B.S./M.S. program may apply to the Graduate School and the EME IUG program before the end of their junior year. Three faculty letters of recommendation are required. A statement of purpose and a plan of study covering the five year period, prepared in consultation with an adviser, and approved by the program officers of the B.S. major and the EME graduate program must accompany the application. The plan should be presented in person to the undergraduate and graduate program officers prior to being admitted into the program. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores may be submitted by IUG applicants but are not required. The application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee of the EME Graduate program and acted upon by the EME Graduate Program Officer.

Degree Requirements

The degree requirements will be in accordance with the approved requirements of the respective undergraduate degree program (i.e. energy business and finance, energy engineering, environmental systems engineering, mining engineering or petroleum and natural gas engineering) and the energy and mineral engineering graduate program. However, 12 of the 500-level credits required for the master’s degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The undergraduate degree program officer will determine the specific undergraduate required courses for which the 500-level courses may be used to substitute to meet institutional and accreditation requirements.

Requirements

Once admitted into the IUG program, students are bound by the same guidelines, credit requirements, and program procedures as all other students in the Energy and Mineral Engineering graduate program.

As many as 12 of the credits required for the master's degree may be applied to both the B.S. and the M.S. degrees. A minimum of 6 credits counted for both the B.S. and M.S. degrees must be at the 500 level. The table below shows which course credits will be double-counted as substitutes for both the B.S. and M.S. as applicable. To meet the number of 500 or above credit requirements, students will be advised to take the graduate courses and use them to substitute for the undergraduate courses.

 

Other Relevant Information

All graduate students are expected to attend general Department seminars. Graduate students may be asked to contribute to the instructional programs of the Department by assisting with undergraduate laboratory and lecture courses.

Students in Energy and Mineral Engineering may elect to apply for the dual-title degree program in Operations Research for the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. (See also Operations Research )Student Aid

Graduate students are supported by a variety of government and industry fellowships, and research and teaching assistantships. Stipends vary depending on the source. Please see the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin to learn other forms of the student aid.

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

ENERGY AND MINERAL ENGINEERING (EME) course list

 

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-06-251

Review Date: 04/10/2012

Faculty linked: 6/9/14

 

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