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2017-09-15 / People

Four faculty members join IEE

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) announced the addition of four new co-funded faculty members who will join Penn State during the 2017-18 academic year. The faculty members are Kristina Douglass, Jonathan Duncan, Jillian Goldfarb and Gregory Pavlak.

IEE fosters and facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration to positively impact important energy and environmental challenges. IEE brings together more than 500 faculty, staff and students to advance the energy and environmental research missions of the University.

Douglass, assistant professor in the College of the Liberal Arts’ Department of Anthropology, is an Africanist anthropologist. Douglass’ current work investigates human-environment interaction in Madagascar. She uses archaeological, ethnohistorical, ethnographic and biological data to understand the dynamic relationship between communities and their environment over time.

Duncan, assistant professor of hydrology in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, is interested in understanding how watersheds affect the hydrologic transport and biogeochemical transformations of nutrients.

Goldfarb will join the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State in January 2018 as an assistant professor. Her approach to the integrated biorefinery incorporates inorganic compounds into cellulosic feedstocks — or the raw materials used for an industrial process — to engineer nanomaterials, electrodes or heterogeneous adsorbents.

Pavlak, assistant professor of architectural engineering in the College of Engineering, has research interests that focus on increasing the intelligence and autonomy of building energy systems and generation technologies.

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