Director of the Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute at Penn State University
Advice on Choosing Research Topics and Writing Technical Papers
This talk is for advanced Ph.D. students, or new/early career (pre-tenure in the USA) faculty that would like advice on publishing and choosing research topics. The talk is separated into three sub-topics: Choosing research areas and conducting hypothesis-driven research; creativity and the evolution of research, and publishing high-quality figures and choosing a good table of contents (TOC) art.
Professor Bruce E. Logan is an Evan Pugh University Professor in Engineering, the Stan & Flora Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute at Penn State University. Dr. Logan is also the Editor of ES&T Letters, and a former Associate Editor of ES&T, both published by the American Chemical Society (ACS). His current research efforts are in renewable production and the development of an energy sustainable water infrastructure. Dr. Logan has mentored over 130 graduate students and postdocs and hosted over 40 international visitors to his laboratory. He is the author or co-author of several books and over 500 refereed publications (h-index=133; Google scholar). He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Water Association (IWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP). Dr. Logan is a visiting professor at several universities including HIT, Tsinghua University, Dalian University of Technology (China), with ties to several other universities in Saudi Arabia, the UK, and Belgium. He received his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State in 1997, he was on the faculty at the University of Arizona in Tucson.