Smithwick leads IEE | New service appointments and promotions | Miller demos drones

IMAGE OF THE WEEKBonta Firehawks talk

Mark Bonta (’90) visited the department and gave a talk on Friday, July 12, 2019, in 319 Walker Building. See article about his work in The New York Times.


Mark your calendar for the Geography Fall Welcome Picnic on September 14. For more information and to RSVP go to:

Erica Smithwick has begun her appointment as associate director of Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE).

Chris Fowler is the new director of the department’s Gould Center: The Peter R. Gould Center for Geography Education & Outreach. Thank you to Jodi Vender for the past years of directorship.

Bronwen Powell will serve as director of PLACE lab in the department. Thank you to Jenn Baka for previous lab direction.

James Detwiler and Karen Schuckman were promoted to associate teaching professor.

Sarah Chamberlain was promoted to associate research professor.


New IEE leaders mindful of energy, environmental challenges

Two Penn State faculty members have joined the leadership team of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE). Erica Smithwick, the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Professor of Geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Bruce Logan, the Evan Pugh Professor in Engineering and the Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, have both been named associate directors of IEE.

Penn State professor, student demonstrate drone capabilities

The ability to use images over fields and forests has totally changed remote sensing, according to Penn State professor Douglas Miller.

“I am still at Penn State in year 34. I couldn’t leave before the chance to see this technology,” he told members of the California Grange in Limestone Township, Montour County.

He spoke before Andrew Yoder, of Miller’s department of ecosystem science and management, demonstrated the flying of a drone hexacopter over the nearby field owned by Herb Zeager.

Miller also discussed the use of a smaller drone Monday evening.

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