graduate and undergraduate
||to all potential graduate students - please
read this carefully!
am highly interested in working with motivated m.s. and ph.d. students
on policy-relevant research problems related to energy or the
environment. i receive a large number of inquiries from potential
students looking for graduate funding to work in my group. i am
happy to receive such inquiries, but please keep the following in mind:
- funding for graduate
students, particularly students who are not u.s. citizens, is extremely scarce. my department has
limited resources available to support graduate students as teaching
assistants. these assistantships are given out by the department,
not by individual faculty.
- i cannot financially
support students outside the leone family department of
energy and mineral engineering. in most cases, i have a
strong preference for working with students who intend to go through
management and policy program. the purpose of this program is
to provide training and research experience in quantitative policy
analysis to students with technical backgrounds (math, science or
engineering). we require at least 24 credits of math, engineering
or hard science on a student's transcript for admission to the energy
management and policy program. a major or a minor in one of these
subjects is strongly preferred.
- please do not ask me for
financial support unless you have already applied to, and been accepted
by, the graduate
program in energy and mineral engineering. admissions
decisions in my department are made separately from offers of financial
support. if you haven't applied, i can't offer you any funding!
instructions on applying to the graduate program can be found here.
- it is a fact of life
that i am very busy, and i receive a large number of inquiries
regarding support for graduate students. i cannot possibly
respond to every inquiry. you are much more likely to get a
response from me if you can demonstrate that you have familiarized
yourself with my research and the energy
management and policy program, and can articulate why studying with
me at penn state would help to further your intellectual or career
goals. prospective students who have a master's degree (or who
are master's degree candidates) should include a copy of a
journal-quality paper along with any inquiry.
- energy and environmental policy is a highly unconventional area of study at the graduate level. i strongly recommend that any prospective student in this area read dan kammen's essay on graduate or professional work in energy policy.
graduate students: there are
currently no funded openings for m.s. or ph.d. students in the blumsack
research group. self-funded students interested in pursuing
policy-relevant technical research on energy or environmental issues
should carefully read the statement to
potential graduate students and contact dr. blumsack to discuss
post-doctoral researchers: nothing currently available.
i advise undergraduate honors theses in the energy business and
finance program. if you are an ebf honors student interested
in working with me on an undergraduate thesis, please send me an e-mail.
- clayton barrows -
network science, transmission planning and operations
- allison boehm - air quality and electric energy
- paras choudhary - wind
- alisha fernandez -
water, energy and environmental policy; micro-grids
- anand govindarajan - energy efficiency, combined heat and power
- babatunde idrisu - renewable portfolio standards
- nicholas johnson - transmission investment
- zhi li - energy efficiency
- yuxi meng - energy efficiency
- stefan nagy (bs/ms) -
offshore wind energy
- mostafa sahraei-ardakani
- electricity markets
- farid tayari - carbon sequestration; natural gas
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