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. His current research efforts are in renewable energy production and the development of an energy sustainable water infrastructure, with research topics that include bioelectricity generation using microbial fuel cells, water desalination, heat conversion to electricity using thermal batteries, and green hydrogen gas production using water electrolysis powered by renewable electricity and microbial electrochemical technologies fueled by waste biomass. Logan is also active in energy and climate education where he has written a new book on the subject that highlights daily energy use and carbon emissions spanning scales of individuals to global activities.
Logan is former member and a past chair of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education (ACERE), and a former member of the NSF Engineering Advisory Committee. He has mentored over 140 graduate students and post docs and hosted over 40 international visitors to his laboratory. Logan is the author or co-author of several books and over 550 refereed publications (>98,500 citations, h-index=154; Google scholar), and the former founding editor of Environmental Science & Technology Letters. He a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), 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). Logan is a visiting professor at several universities including Tsinghua University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Dalian University of Technology (China), and he has 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, and prior to joining Penn State in 1997 he was at the University of Arizona in Tucson.