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Michael Orlando, principal and owner of Economic Advisors, Inc., recently was named as a 2012 recipient of the Graduates of Earth and Mineral Sciences (GEMS) Alumni Achievement Award. The award is given by the Penn State Earth and Mineral Sciences Alumni Society to recognize outstanding achievement by EMS alumni.

Randy Vander Wal has been promoted to the rank of Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, effective July 1, 2012. Congratulations Randy!

The Penn State Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has been selected to receive a 2012 Gold Standard Student Chapter Award. The chapter will be honored on October 7 during the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio, TX.

Ebrahim Farrokh and Ehsan Alavi Gharahbagh, doctoral students in energy and mineral engineering, both were awarded $2,000 scholarships for papers submitted to the 2012 North American Tunneling (NAT) Conference.

Penn State University student Thomas Krupa has been selected as one of the nation’s top rising young leaders in the clean energy sector by national organization Focus the Nation.

Mark Klima, associate professor of mineral processing and geo-environmental engineering, has been named as the interim head of the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME).

University Park, Pa. -- Yaw Yeboah, department head of the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME), has been named as the new dean of the Florida A & M University – Florida State University joint College of Engineering. He will begin his appointment on July 1.

“That trip was the pinnacle; the crown jew­el of my summer. It reignited my passion for renewable energy and reaffirmed my initial motivations for studying energy engineering.” When Dan Conner returned from a study abroad experience in the summer of 2010, he was on a mission.

Julianne Ganter may still have another year to go before receiving her undergraduate degree, but that hasn’t stopped her from getting a head start on her career as an environmental systems engineer.

Rolla, Mo. -- Riteja Dutta, a graduate student in the petroleum and natural gas engineering option, won the master's division of the 2012 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Rocky Mountain/Mid-Continent/Eastern Region Student Paper/Presentation competition.

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