The Environment, Energy, and Economy (E3) and the Next Generation Enterprises (NGE) centers at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) works to connect HU’s faculty, curriculum, and students to change-makers who combine environmental protection and sustainability practices with economic development. The Center partners with and solves problems for businesses and governmental entities, focusing on IT, data, and systems-based projects that can support evidence-based decision-making systems, policy development, and practice.
HU/E3 and HU/NGE are supporting research and development at national levels on fugitive methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by seeking partnerships with other academic institutions, industry, government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). In this partnership, HU will:
Maintain the open-source Fugitive Emissions Abatement Simulation Testbed (FEAST) model
Review and accept code submissions from users
Work with partners to identify/develop FEAST enhancements and improve functionalities
Oversee the model’s code source and write code fixes if needed
Guide the model’s software development in a way that maximizes its real-world usefulness for industry, regulators, and other stakeholders by:
Creating a user-friendly front-end website that allows easy access to the model by regulators, gas producers, utilities, and other stakeholders
Migrating the FEAST model’s source code to a modular architecture to facilitate integration of various Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) technologies, virtual gas fields, distribution systems, simulation models, and other modules identified as desirable by users with the FEAST system
Incorporate additional data sources and simulation models from appropriate sources, at all times maintaining objectivity and transparency
Actively seek partners with diverse data sources (e.g., wellfields in different locations, distribution system models, technology simulation models) to be incorporated into the FEAST model to increase its usefulness and achieve robust national reach
Improve the performance of the FEAST model by integrating parallel and cloud computing technologies
Develop/implement education, and outreach to potentially interested parties
Create/manage user groups, taking advantage of E3’s contacts with leaders in:
Oil and gas industry, including exploration/production, transmission, and distribution
State/federal regulatory and energy agencies
Other research institutions
Create ongoing dialogue with policymakers, industry, and stakeholders via Website user interface, Webinars, Conferences, and Reports
As a starting point, HU has already installed, tested, and configured the Standalone version of FEAST on the HU IBM-donated Machine. FEAST is currently an operational system at HU and can be used by graduate students to support a limited number of Capstone Projects. For more details, please download this PDF File .
Our next step is to migrate FEAST to a user-friendly web application so that non-technical web users can access the FEAST system. This will considerably enhance the usability of the FEAST system and allow us to better support academic, industry, and other partnerships.
HU’s Long Range Plan, displayed in Figure1, is to significantly expand the usability of the FEAST System by gradually adding the following capabilities:
Addition of new FEAST Modules (open source) to the FEAST Platform to support more industrial partners and Capstone Projects.
Add the capabilities offered by remotely located new partners as open source remote modules located in other parts of the United States. The open source remote modules from external providers will significantly enhance the FEAST capabilities.
At the end of this plan, the FEAST Platform could support research, teaching and industrial partnerships at a large scale.
Figure1: Long Range Open Source FEAST
HU has graduate programs in Computer Science, Data Analytics, and Information Systems Engineering and Management with rigorous courses and concentrations in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Architecture and Integration of Digital Enterprises, Big Data Architectures and Applications, Business Intelligence and Data Mining, Web-based Software Engineering, and User Centered Design. The systems and software engineering expertise of HU will significantly enhance the end-user exposure and market impact of the subject matter expertise of leading research institutions and industry partners in the broad field of Methane Leakage Detection.
HU is excited about the potential of this partnership to advance the business case for methane emission reduction from energy production.
John Quigley is the founding Director for the Center for Environment, Energy & Economy and Lecturer in Sustainability at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. He is former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, serving from January 2015 until May 2016, and of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, serving from 2009 to 2011. He is also a former Senior Fellow at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Quigley is the only person in the history of Pennsylvania to hold the positions of both DCNR and DEP Secretary.
Quigley previously worked in several leadership positions at DCNR, and in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. He founded a downtown revitalization non-profit organization, served eight years as the mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, was an instructor in economics at a branch campus of Penn State University, wrote a newspaper column for a northeast Pennsylvania newspaper, worked as government relations manager with a statewide environmental non-profit organization, held management positions with manufacturing companies, and operated a small business providing consulting services to state/national/international NGO's, foundations, state/foreign governments, and private industry.
Quigley is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania.
Quigley is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a degree in economics, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Lehigh University. He has done additional graduate work in economics.
Dr. Iheb Abdellatif is an assistant professor at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) - ISEM (Information Systems Engineering and Management) program. He holds Ph.D. and Master Degrees in Information Technologies and Operations Management. He has more than 10 years of industry experience in information systems development, software engineering, data warehouses, business intelligence, business process analysis and operations management. At HU, he teaches graduate level courses in Information and Communication Technologies, Enterprise Architectures and Aligning Business and IT strategies. His research interests include Internet of Things technologies, Enterprise Architectures, Information systems, supply chain management and operations management.
His 10+ years of experience includes senior management and consulting/advisory positions with industries around the globe. As an IT Director at Bluesail Solutions, he supervised large scale projects in IT planning, enterprise architectures and integration, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), geographic information, and supply chain management systems. He is Co-Founder of a startup that specializes in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and IoT technologies. He is an active participant on the standardization committees of the IEEE Computer Society and has published several papers on ServiceOriented Architectures (SOA), business process controls and auditing, IoT and RFID technologies.
Dr. Amjad Umar is the Director and Professor of ISEM (Information Systems Engineering and
Management) program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU), and an Adjunct Professor of Systems & Telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Chief Architect of the United Nations Partnership on ICT for Sustainable Development Goals and a Fulbright Senior Specialist on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). At HU, he teaches graduate level courses and supervises research in computer aided planning of digital and smart enterprises, enterprise architecture and integration of smart organizations, information security, and strategic intelligence. As Chief Architect of the United Nations Partnership, he is currently focusing on Smart Hubs and a Smart Global Village for Small Islands and Developing States. Due to his assignments with three UN initiatives as Chief Architect and Initiative Director since 2007, he has worked with more than 30 developing countries.
His 20+ years of industry experience includes senior management and consulting/advisory positions with governments and industries around the globe. As a Director of Research at Bellcore (part of the Bell Labs system) for 10 years, he supervised large scale projects in IT planning, enterprise architectures and integration, mobile computing, information security, and collaborative systems. He is Founder/CEO of a startup that specializes in Computer Aided Planning of ICT-based Systems for the underserved populations. He has consulted with global telecom organizations, US Department of Navy, US Army Research Labs, Frost and Sullivan (England), Toyota Corp., Society of Manufacturing Engineers, healthcare organizations, professional services organizations, and academic institutions in England, Singapore, China, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Canada and more than 30 developing countries. He has written eight books and more than 60 research papers in his areas of specialization.
He holds an M.S. in Computer, Information and Control Engineering and a Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering (Industrial and Operations Engineering Department), both from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Arvind Ravikumar is an Assistant Professor in Energy Engineering at Harrisburg University and a non-resident fellow at the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. His work focuses on developing engineering-based solutions to inform energy and environmental policy in the road to a global clean energy transition. Most recently, his research has sought to understand and reduce methane emissions from the North American oil and gas industry through a combination of field work, modeling, and policy analysis. His other research interests include global trade in liquefied natural gas and the clean energy future in developing nations. He regularly consults with non-governmental organizations, and state and national regulatory agencies energy and environmental policy. Prior to joining Harrisburg, Arvind was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2015.