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.
Spatial environmental analysis, geographic information systems/cartography, underground mine mapping research, wind-energy placement planning, transportation, infrastructure, light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology
Wind-energy planning, modeling of wildlife/wind energy conflicts, geographic information systems for acid mine drainage remediation planning, monitoring Beaver Run Reservoir
Subsurface stratigraphy, particle size and shape analysis, stream discharge, sediment flow, environmental geophysics
Sedimentology, paleontology, structural geology and tectonics, hydrology, hydrogeology, environmental geophysics, mineralogical analysis
Cultural resource investigations, ethnographic studies, community education and outreach
Shallow subsurface surveying, community education and survey training, social impacts of energy development, sustainable development in Appalachia
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.
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
Investigating the effects of acid mine drainage and Marcellus Shale wells on water quality
Forestry and wildlife ecology, including wildlife conservation, habitat management, impacts of human disturbance on biodiversity and ecosystem carbon cycling
Forest reclamation, wildlife ecology and conservation, habitat management and restoration, wildlife-habitat relationships, large mammal restoration, small population biology
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.
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.