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The LPE initiative and its inaugural professional graduate M.Eng. in Engineering, Law, and Policy (MELP) degree are supported by a renowned group of interdisciplinary scholars, including MELP graduate faculty and LPE affiliated faculty that expand across five different colleges at Penn State. You can find their research and scholarly interests listed below. If you are a Penn State faculty member interested in becoming affiliated with LPE, send your request and a copy of your CV to with the subject line: “LPE faculty affiliate request.”

LPE Affiliated Faculty Research Labs

Systems Design Laboratory 

Sven Bilen | Professor of Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering

Brennan Research Group

Rachel Brennan | Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering and Courtesy Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Neuroethics Lab

Laura Cabrera | Associate Professor Engineering Science and Mechanics, Huck Chair in Neuroethics at the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences, and Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute

Das Research Lab – Nano Materials & Device Innovation 

Saptarshi Das | Associate Professor Engineering Science and Mechanics

Policy Innovation Lab of Tomorrow – PILOT Lab 

Andrea Matwyshyn | Professor of Law and Engineering Policy, Associate Dean for Innovation and Technology at Penn State Law and Affiliate Faculty Bioethics Program

The X-Lab – Driving digital equity through bold tech policy intervention

Sascha Meinrath | Palmer Chair in Telecommunications in the Bellisario College of Communications

Technology and Human Research in Engineering Design – THRED Group 

Jessica Menold | Hartz Family Career Development Associate Professor Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering

Manage Energy Transition for a Greener World 

Wei Peng | Assistant Professor of International Affairs and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Research Associate Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Center for Solutions to Weather & Climate Risk

David W. Titley | Affiliate Professor of Meteorology and School of International Affairs

Radiation Science & Engineering Center

Kenan Unlu | Professor Nuclear Engineering

Wagner Lab

Jennifer Wagner Assistant Professor Law, Policy, and Engineering; School of Engineering Design and Innovation

Previous LPE Research Labs and Notable Alumni

Design, Justice & Sustainable Development - DJSD Lab, Sandra Allain

Food-Energy-Water, Water Resources, and Environmental Ethics – FEWs Lab, Caitlin Grady

Daniel Susser 

Ben Johnson 

Additional LPE Affiliated Faculty

Amb. Joseph DeThomas Professor of Practice School of International Affairs

Johannes W. Fedderke | Professor of International Affairs and African Studies

Vice Admiral (Ret.) James W. Houck Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Interim Dean Penn State Law and School of International Affairs

Dennis Jett Professor of International Affairs

Flynt Leverett Professor of International Affairs and Asian Studies

Salvatore Marsico Associate Professor Surveying Engineering, Penn State Wilkes-Barre

Patrick McDaniel | William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Esther Obonyo Director of the Global Building Network and Associate Professor Engineering Design and Architectural Engineering

Dara Purvis Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships Penn State Law

Elizabeth Ransom Associate Professor and Interim Director School of International Affairs, Senior Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute



The Law, Policy, and Engineering (LPE) initiative is an interdisciplinary academic and research initiative between Penn State's College of Engineering, Penn State Law, and Penn State's School of International Affairs. The initiative will provide a transformative educational experience for students by actively integrating components of all three disciplines into the curriculum to prepare students for the competitive, interdisciplinary, global workplaces of the future. 

Law, Policy, and Engineering Initiative

The Pennsylvania State University

Engineering Design and Innovation Building

University Park, PA 16802