To maximize multidisciplinary education and research we will design the Institute for Natural Gas Research around “horizontals”. The design of a horizontal will cut across all functional skills areas engaging multiple colleges, departments and capabilities across Penn State. Segmentation can be by market or major technology. Such as oil and gas market or power/propulsion technology platform. The intent for a horizontal is to have a set of sponsors to help build and engage in all aspects of operation with an integrated education platform that can be used for sharing courses, learning and reference material internally and with sponsor organizations.

The concept of a horizontal is not limited to technical areas. Economic development, regulation and policy also represent areas for horizontal design. Ultimately with a complete set of activities largely efforts can be created around scenario evaluation and policy planning for a broad range of future options.