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Annual Report of Research Activity Office of the Vice President for Research | Fiscal Year 2010


“Let the college investigate, that it may teach well.” George W. Atherton,

P R E S I D E N T O F P E N N S TAT E , 1 8 8 2 – 1 9 0 6


PENN STATE’S RESEARCH ENTERPRISE CONTINUES ON A PATH OF VIGOROUS GROWTH. Expenditures totaled an all-time high of $780 million for the 2009–10 fiscal year, a 77 percent increase over the past decade. In that time, University researchers in a host of academic disciplines have expanded the frontiers of knowledge and contributed to the material, social, and cultural enrichment of society. Funding agencies know they can count on the quality of Penn State research. This past year, in the realm of energy alone, the University received multimillion-dollar grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish multidisciplinary centers for solar and clean-energy research and support ongoing research in nuclear energy. We are one of five universities partnering with DOE in a $465 million initiative aimed at making more efficient and environmentally friendly use of fossil-fuel resources. The private sector also is a source of numerous energy-related research collaborations. In fact, across all disciplines, Penn State maintains its distinction as one of the nation’s top universities in industry-sponsored research. Research is a sound economic investment. Penn State research puts nearly $2 billion into Pennsylvania’s economy each year in the form of new technologies, job creation and retention, taxes, and other direct and indirect economic impact. Finally, faculty research is essential to a rigorous program of graduate education. Penn State awarded more than 3,000 graduate degrees in 2009–10 for the first time ever—a clear testament to the University’s reputation as a world-class learning center.

Henry C. Foley

Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

To learn more about Penn State research, visit www.research.psu.edu


Total Research Expenditures, 2001–2010

Industry-Sponsored Research, 2001–2010

Expenditures totaled an alltime high of $780 million, with federal support leading the way at $472 million.

Penn State has long ranked among the nation’s top universities in industrysponsored research, and typically partners with more than 400 companies annually.

In millions of dollars

In millions of dollars

(Federal and Nonfederal)

$120

$800 765

700

102.4

2005

103.6

2004

98.2

2002

83.7

2001

75.9

308

319

306

290

285

273

257

238

72.6

60

73.3

472

411

375

372

365

350

223

224 248

284

307

300

446

472

507

82.3

80

545

500

200

638

100

665 91.8

607

657

104.8

717

600

400

780

2008

2009

2010

40

20

100 0

0 2001

2002

Federal

2003

2004

Nonfederal

2005

2006

Total

2007

2008

2009

2010

2003

2006

2007


Expenditures from Federal Agencies

Expenditures by Performing Unit

1 Department of Defense $173,111,000

1 Defense-Related Research Units $185,936,000

2 Department of Health and Human Services $120,968,000

10 Information Sciences and Technology $10,037,000

Applied Research Lab $149,437,000

11 Other $12,997,000

Electro-Optics Center $36,499,000

Altoona College $701,000

3 National Science Foundation $58,898,000

2 Engineering $104,483,000

4 USDA $20,629,000

3 Agricultural Sciences $98,282,000

5 NASA $19,437,000

4 Medicine $98,032,000

6 DOE $18,484,000

5 Eberly College of Science $97,450,000

7 Education $11,645,000

6 Earth and Mineral Sciences $71,607,000

8 Other $49,196,000

Behrend College $3,643,000

7 Health and Human Development $43,796,000

Interior $1,430,000

8 Liberal Arts $28,489,000

EPA $897,000

Capital College $3,079,000 Great Valley $326,000

Transportation $6,198,000 Commerce $1,611,000

Berks College $170,000

Penn College $1,367,000

Other Campuses and Programs $3,711,000 12 Other Schools and Colleges $6,699,000

Arts and Architecture $1,003,000 Communications $271,000

Dickinson School of Law $205,000 Nursing $1,004,000

9 Education $22,258,000

Other Federal $39,060,000

Smeal College of Business $4,216,000

10 11

Total $472,368,000

Total $780,066,000

12

8

8

7

9 1

7

6

1

5 6 4

3

2

5

2

4

3


Sources of Research Funding

Total Graduate Student Enrollment

1 Federal $472,368,000 2 University $120,097,000 3 Industry and other $103,772,000

The University remains a popular choice for graduate education, with resident instruction supplemented in recent years by Penn State World Campus offerings.

4 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania $83,829,000

Total $780,066,000

Penn State’s diverse research initiatives reflect a wide range of funding sources.

15000

12000

10,306

10,646

11,760

10,883 10,310

12,783

8,893

9,088

9,206

9,707

9,793

6000

3

2001

2002

2003

Total Enrollment

2004

2005

2007

Resident Instruction

(Fall only)

2008

World Campus

(Calendar year)

2009

3,890

2,429

1

3,426

1,967 2006

0

3,035

3000

2

12,514

9,808

9000

4

12,136 12,241

2010


Graduate Degrees Conferred

Over the past ten years, Penn State has conferred nearly 28,000 graduate degrees, including about 6,200 doctoral degrees.

3500 2,873 3000

2,503

2,664 2,651

2,751 2,763 2,778

2,855

2,957

3,054

2500 2,374

2,278

2,197

2,093

2,089

2,145

2,293

2,101

2,123

1500

1,962

2000

1000 680

04–05

679

606

03–04

658

580

02–03

685

550

01–02

674

541

541

500

05–06

06–07

07–08

08–09

09–10

0 2000–01

Master’s

Doctoral

Total


Contacts

Henry C. Foley

David W. Richardson

Ronald J. Huss

Karl Harris

Vice President for Research

Associate Vice President for Research, Director of Sponsored Programs

Director, Intellectual Property Office

Director, ElectroOptics Center

110 Technology Center

814-865 6277 rjh22@psu.edu

724-295-7000 kah26@psu.edu

814-865-3396 dwr14@psu.edu

Daniel R. Leri

Susan McHale

Graduate School

Director, Innovation Park and Research Commercialization

Director, Social Science Research Institute

Dean of the Graduate School 304 Old Main University Park, PA 16802-1504 814-863-9580 hcf2@psu.edu Peter E. Schiffer Associate Vice President for Research Director of Strategic Initiatives 304 Old Main 814-863-9658 pes12@psu.edu Daniel A. Notterman Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Medicine Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research 717-531-7199 dan13@psu.edu

Regina VasilatosYounken Senior Associate Dean 114 Kern Building 814-865-2516 rxv@psu.edu Suzanne Adair Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs Senior Director of Graduate Educational Equity Programs Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

113 Technology Center 814-865-6277 rjh22@psu.edu

814-865-2647 mchale@psu.edu Carlo G. Pantano

Tanna M. Pugh Director, Industrial Research Office 814-865-2878 tannapugh@psu.edu

Director, Materials Research Institute 814-863-8407 cgp1@psu.edu Padma Raghavan

Interdisciplinary Research Peter Hudson Director, The Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Director, Institute for CyberScience 814-865-9233 raghavan@cse.psu.edu Thomas L. Richard

814-863-3650 pjh18@psu.edu

Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Edward G. Liszka

814-865-3722 tlr20@psu.edu

Technology Transfer

Director, Defense-Related Research Units

Michael BĂŠrubĂŠ

Stephen P. Brawley

814-865-6343 egl4@psu.edu

Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

114 Kern Building 814-865-2516 sca917@psu.edu

Ronald J. Huss Associate Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer

814-863-6301 DanLeri@psu.edu

President/CEO, Ben Franklin Technology Center of Central and Northern Pennsylvania, Inc. 814-865-8669 spb4@psu.edu

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Penn State 2010 Annual Report of Research Activity