Mission/Vision/Who We Are

Our Mission

To help the community achieve consensus leading to sustainable, environmentally sound public policy on energy issues facing northeastern Pennsylvania.   We will accomplish our mission through basic and applied research subject to internal and external review, innovative education and public outreach, and providing the best information made available by outside sources.  Our scope will include science, policy, and economic dimensions.  We will initially focus on natural gas extraction derived from Marcellus shale, eventually broadening our reach to include other energy sources, energy distribution, and consumption.

Our Vision

  • To create a renaissance for Northeastern Pennsylvania that doesn’t repeat mistakes of the past.
  • To create a national model for energy development that balances the public’s need for information with environmental and industry needs.
  • To link best research to the development of sound public policy.


Who we are
The IEER is a team comprised of Wilkes University and the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development.  Inquiries should be directed to Kenneth M. Klemow, Ph.D., Associate Director of IEER, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766.  570-408-4758.  Click to send email.

Financial support
Development of this website is supported through a contract funded by the United States Department of Energy.

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Our personnel and thier areas of expertise include:

Dr. Thomas Barnard, Wilkes University. Research Scientist for the Institute. He will be responsible for designing and overseeing the Institute’s water quality research program. Dr. Barnard is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years experience in water resources and water quality management.

Dr. Dale Bruns, Wilkes University, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering.  River ecology.  Environmental risk assessment, water quality analyses, use of remote sensing and geographical information systems in assessing energy impacts, carbon sequestration.  Email.

Dr. Henry Castejon, Wilkes University.  Physical and computational chemisty. Transport and pool modeling.  Email.

Dr. Linda Gutierrez,  Wilkes Univeristy.  Cancer biology and pathology.  Environmental causes of disease.  Molecular and immunological mechanisms of carcinogenesis.  Email.

Dr. Sid Halsor, PG. Wilkes University.  Physical geology, minerology, and petrology.  Hydrocarbon storage and migration in organic-rich shale.  Regional structure and flowpaths.  Effect of hydraulic fracturing on the integrity of the strata.  Email.

Dr. Perwez Kalim.  Mechanical Engineering.  Renewable and sustainable energy systems.  Fluid dynamics.  Heat transfer and exchange.  Unmanned aerial vehicle systems.  Email.

Dr. Kenneth Klemow, CSE.  Wilkes University and Associate Director of the Institute.  Plant ecology and taxonomy.  Wetland ecology and mapping. Rare and invasive plant assessments.  Ecological impacts of energy development.  Restoration of lands and waters impacted by anthracite mining.  Ecology education.  EmailWebsite.

Dr. Prahlad Murthy, PE, BCEE.  Wilkes University.  Air pollution management and meteorology.  Emissions from natural gas exploration in Marcellus region.  Email.

Mr. Brian Naberezny, PLS, Wilkes University.  Geospatial Analyst for the Institute. He will be responsible for designing and implementing the Institute’s Geographic Information System program, which will help analyze trends in water quality associated with Marcellus energy development.

Ms. Teri Ooms.  Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development.  Public opinion surveys.  Public policy regarding technical issues and energy.  Email.

Dr. Gregory Peters.  Wilkes University.  Inorganic chemistry. Organometallic chemistry.  Desulfurization of petroleum products; using chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as chemical reagents; disposal of CFCs.

Dr. Kenneth Pidcock.  Wilkes University.  Industrial microbiology, bacterial strain characterization.  Surveillance of infectious diseases, molecular microbial ecology.  Email.

Dr. Brian Redmond, PG.  Wilkes University.  Physical and historical geology, geomorphology.  Hydrogeology of northeastern Pennsylvania bedrock and unconsolidated strata.  Water quality database in Marcellus regions.  Email.

Dr. Rodney Ridley, Wilkes University.  Engineering science and mechanics.  Wide band gap semiconductors and electronic material processing and devices.  Nanotechnology education, processing techniques, intellectual property management.  Email.

Mr. Erich Schramm,  Wilkes University.  Outreach Coordinator for the Institute. Workshop creation and implementation, environmental education and outreach, watersheds and volunteer monitoring.  Email.

Ms. Courtney Sperger.  Wilkes University. Post-Baccalaureate Assciate for the Institute.  Institute program support.

Dr. Jeffrey Stratford, Wilkes University.  Avian ecology, conservation biology, biostatistics.  Geographic Information Systems modeling of bird-habitat relationships.  Statistical modeling.  Email.

Dr. William Terzaghi.  Wilkes University.  Plant Physiology, Molecular Biology and Genomics.  Plant lipid synthesis and metabolism.  Biofuels and Biodiesel.  Email.

Dr. Brian Whitman.  Wilkes University.  Hydrology and water resources.  Bioremediation and environmental microbiology.  Water collection, distribution and treatment.  Environmental data analysis and statistics.  Email