R. Allen Kimel

R. Allen Kimel

(814) 865-5397
Office Address: 
225B Steidle
Associate Teaching Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Associate Head for Undergraduate Studies
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Research Interests: 
  • Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials
  • Synthesis
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
M.S. in Chemistry, University of North Carolina Greensboro
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University
Courses Taught: 

Dr. Kimel completed his B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University. He then joined the U.S. Peace Corps and was sent to Swaziland, Africa to teach math, chemistry and physics at the high school level. Upon returning to the states Dr. Kimel completed a M.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He then proceeded to The Pennsylvania State University to complete a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering with a focus in Ceramics. Dr. Kimel joined the Penn State faculty in the summer of 2002 after completing his Ph.D.

Dr. Kimel has created five new lecture and laboratory courses spanning such subjects as materials chemistry, microstructural analysis, quantification of materials properties and materials sustainability.

Research Projects: 

Dr. Kimel’s research interests are twofold. On the education side, Dr. Kimel is interested in curriculum development and outcome assessment. He has worked to incorporate multiple teaching and learning initiatives for better student engagement. Dr. Kimel has also developed summer camp experiences based on nanoscience and nanotechnology and materials in renewable energy to engage high school students and teachers alike.

Dr Kimel is a co-PI in the Energy Efficient Housing Research group (EEHR). The Energy Efficient Housing Research group at Penn State is a multidisciplinary team of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students dedicated to the investigation of energy efficient, affordable and sustainable housing - from design & construction methods through performance optimization – in order to inform better housing solutions and more resource conscious living.

The objective of EEHR is to establish an ongoing multidisciplinary collaboration that engages faculty, graduate students and undergraduates in the design, development and deployment of high-performance, affordable housing to address transforming markets and demographics. A LCA (life cycle assessment) approach that considers planning, design, construction, operations, monitoring, assessment and reflection are used to inform and re-inform affordable, sustainable, energy-efficient housing applying an integrative design process. The projects undertaken by EEHR address applied strategies and solutions for realizing tangible, replicable models for affordable, sustainable housing that are locally appropriate. This interest evolved out of previous experience in the DOE/NREL International Collegiate Solar Decathlon Competition. Over the past few years, EEHR has attracted interest from and established relationships with local affordable housing providers.