Oil: International Evolution

Course Description

Have you purchased gasoline and wondered at the price changes? Or worn your polyester jacket and wondered how it kept you warm, or been thankful your phone didn't break when you dropped it? These are just some benefits the petroleum industry brings to our world. Other aspects to the global world market involve natural disasters, wars, rumors of wars, national security, and consumer demand. Learn about oil production and how nations respond as EGEE 120 gives you a foundation of how industry interacts with you, governments, transportation, politics, and the world. You will become a more informed citizen, able to support your opinion about oil and the environment. As John McCain said, "Whoever controls oil controls much more than oil."

This course is part of the following programs: Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy and Energy, Business, and Finance Minor.

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Karen Hagemeier Jensen

I'm Karen Hagemeier Jensen, and I graduated from Penn State in December 2008 with a BA in International Politics and Minors in Middle Eastern Studies and History. I have continued studying the Middle East and the oil industry with educational trips to Egypt and Iraq. I graduated from an online program from Clarion University with a Master's degree in Library Science with concentration on distance learners. My current research is on encouraging collegiate quality research with undergraduates and to focus on current geopolitical situations that revolve around the petroleum industry. On the personal side, I am from Colorado & Wyoming, currently live in Pennsylvania with my husband, puppy, and kitty. I frequently watch Amish carriages pass in front of our house.

Yaw Yeboah

Dr. Yaw Yeboah was Department Head of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State University from 2004 - 2012, during which time he authored the initial version of EGEE 120, Oil: International Evolution. In 2012, he became the Dean of the College of Engineering at Florida A & M and is currently a professor there. His research interests include electrocatalysis/heterogeneous catalysis, combustion and emission control, oilfield scale formation, coal and/or biomass conversion processes, petroleum and natural gas production and processing, energy, materials and the environment.