Saturday, October 17, 2009

EMS Energy Institute

Dalian University of Technology & Penn State Discuss Joint Energy Research Cente

On Friday October 16, 2009, a delegation from Dalian University of Technology (DUT), visited Penn State and the EMS Energy Institute to discuss the establishment of a Joint Energy Research Center.

During the visit, DUT and Penn State leaders signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to develop the Joint Energy Research Center. This mutually beneficial center would establish a formal collaboration between Penn State and DUT and expand on existing cooperative relationships between faculty at the two universities and the exchange of faculty and students.

The delegation from DUT included, Jinping Ou, president of DUT and professor; Shengchuan Zhao, director of the International Office and professor; Xinwen Guo, associate dean of the School of Chemical Engineering and professor; Min Han, associate director of the personnel department and professor; and Xiaoli Hui, associate dean of School of Software Engineering.

DUT delegates met with:

  • Penn State President Graham Spanier;
  • Eva Pell, senior vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School;
  • Alan Scaroni, associate dean for graduate education and research, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and professor;
  • Renata Engel, associate dean for academic programs, College of Engineering, and professor;
  • Tom Richard, Director of Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment;
  • Janet Murphy, director of general administration and planning, University Office of Global Programs;
  • Yaw Yeboah, department head, Energy and Mineral Engineering and professor;
  • Chunshan Song, associate director of Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment and the director of EMS Energy Institute and professor; and
  • Denis Simon, professor from the School of International Affairs;
  • along with faculty members from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the College of Engineering.

Chunshan Song organized the visit as the result of discussions and ongoing collaborations between DUT and Penn State beginning in October 2008 under the guidance of Michael Adewumi, Vice Provost for Global Programs at Penn State. While here, the delegation visited laboratories at the EMS Energy Institute, and discussed potential collaboration topics and a future workshop on joint clean energy research with Penn State faculty members.

DUT is one of the top national universities in China with strengths in various engineering fields and business management. The university has strong research in energy and environmental areas and chemical engineering. Many DUT and PSU faculty members have had some collaborative research or scientific information exchange. For example, EMS Energy Institute faculty members Chunshan Song and Semih Eser have visited DUT and hosted many visitors and visiting scholars from the DUT School of Chemical Engineering. In addition, one of the members of DUT delegation, Xinwen Guo, previously worked at the EMS Energy Institute as a visiting scholar on catalytic hydrocarbon processing in 2001 and 2004.

Faculty members from the EMS Energy Institute and Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering who participated in the meeting with the DUT delegation included Caroline Clifford, Semih Eser, Xiaoliang Ma, Sarma Pisupati, Chunshan Song, Fuxia Sun, and Xiaoxing Wang. Several faculty members from the College of Engineering also participated in the meeting, including Bruce Logan and Paul Jovanis from Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Michael Janik from Department of Chemical Engineering.