Sustainable Energy Initiative Areas of Expertise

  • IUP possesses several unique areas of faculty expertise, research interests, and academic curriculum that can support research partnerships, collaborative projects, and educational outreach in traditional and alternative energy sectors. Interdisciplinary teams of faculty members spearhead the university’s energy initiatives in research, resource development, and education/outreach.  

    Department of Geography and Regional Planning

    Energy Research Capabilities

    Spatial environmental analysis, geographic information systems/cartography, underground mine mapping research, wind-energy placement planning, transportation, infrastructure, light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology

    Related Research 

    Wind-energy planning, modeling of wildlife/wind energy conflicts, geographic information systems for acid mine drainage remediation planning, monitoring Beaver Run Reservoir

    Department of Geoscience

    Energy Research Capabilities

    Subsurface stratigraphy, particle size and shape analysis, stream discharge, sediment flow, environmental geophysics

    Related Research

    Sedimentology, paleontology, structural geology and tectonics, hydrology, hydrogeology, environmental geophysics, mineralogical analysis

    Department of Anthropology

    Energy Capabilities

    Cultural resource investigations, ethnographic studies, community education and outreach 

    Related Research

    Shallow subsurface surveying, community education and survey training, social impacts of energy development, sustainable development in Appalachia 

    Department of Safety Sciences

    Energy Capabilities

    Occupational safety and health, safety management, construction safety, environmental safety, workforce training, wind safety and manufacturing, natural gas drilling (shallow and deep). Safety Sciences highly differentiates IUP for energy research and workforce training and can add a unique perspective to energy research design. Safety Sciences helps to secure the safety of all workers while also increasing the knowledge of federal, state, and local compliance and regulatory matters.

    Expertise Areas

    Occupational safety and health; industrial hygiene; systems safety; legal aspects of safety, health, and environmental regulations; fire safety; safety management; ergonomics; construction safety; environmental safety; hazardous materials; emergency preparedness

    Department of Chemistry

    Energy Capabilities

    Water-quality testing

    Related Research 

    Investigating the effects of acid mine drainage and Marcellus Shale wells on water quality

    Department of Biology

    Energy Research Capabilities

    Forestry and wildlife ecology, including wildlife conservation, habitat management, impacts of human disturbance on biodiversity and ecosystem carbon cycling

    Related Research 

    Forest reclamation, wildlife ecology and conservation, habitat management and restoration, wildlife-habitat relationships, large mammal restoration, small population biology

    Department of Physics

    Energy Research Capabilities

    Computation of material properties and modeling of modern multijunction solar-cells using silicon and novel III-N semiconductor materials. Experimental measurement of electric, electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of materials and novel devices.

    Related Research 

    Actively pursuing air quality measurements in the vicinity of conventional and unconventional natural gas wells at Beaver Run reservoir in Westmoreland County, Pa. Investigating methods for finding and assessing fugitive natural gas emissions from abandoned wells as part of a Dominion 2014 Higher Educational Partnership grant.