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2016 Shale Gas Innovation Contest Finalists Named!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – On May 18, 2016, the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center ( will announce the four $20,000 winners of this year’s Shale Gas Innovation Contest. In addition to showcasing the 12 finalists, this year’s event will also feature a Poster Contest highlighting research under-way, related to the oil and gas sector, at four major regional research universities.

The Finals’ Event will be held from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM followed by a reception on Wednesday, May 18th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe, PA. Attendees at this FREE EVENT will hear from Bill Hall, SGICC Director, followed by a keynote address by Joe Frantz, Vice President of Engineering at the Marcellus Shale Division of Range Resources Corporation. The audience will also have the opportunity to hear from a panel of three previous contest winners who will each provide an update regarding the progress they have made toward supporting challenges faced by the shale energy industry.

The main event of the afternoon will consist of the 12 finalist presentations and the announcement of the four Innovation Contest winners. A networking reception will follow with representatives from each of the finalists, poster presenters, panel companies, and additional exhibitors available to highlight their shale energy innovation concepts. To view the list of this year’s Finalists and to register to attend the event, click on 

This 5th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest’s GOLD sponsor is the Ben Franklin Technology Partners ( Industry sponsors include: Chevron Technology Ventures (, EQT Corporation (, First National Bank (, GE Transportation (, LPR Energy (, LPR Land Services (, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (, PPG Industries (, Praxair (, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC ( ), and Williams ( Non-Profit sponsors include: Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation (, Penn State University’s Institute for Natural Gas Research (, the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Energy (, and West Virginia University’s Energy Institute ( The Media sponsor for this year’s event is the Marcellus Business Central (

About the SGICC

The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center ( supports and commercializes early-stage technologies that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment while properly utilizing this energy asset.