Department of

Chemical Engineering

Designing molecular technology for the 21st century with biology and chemistry


Chemical Engineering at Penn State

The Department of Chemical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University has a proud tradition of scholarship and teaching that began with Professor Merrell Fenske, the first Head of our Department and a pioneer in the technology of distillation.

Under the guidance of succeeding department heads, we continue to remain highly diversified in each of the major sub-disciplines of chemical engineering.


04/15/15
ChE Junior Rides with Jeff Gordon

Junior chemical engineering major, Olga Vinogradova

Chemical engineering major, Olga Vinogradova, recently took a spin with NASCAR ledged Jeff Gordon during his visit to campus with Axalta Coating Systems on April 14.

Read More Here.




04/6/15
ChE Alumus Honored as 2015 Outstanding Engineering Alumni

OEA Award Winner, Jonathan Spadt

Chemical Engineering's Jonathan Spadt (93), has been named one of 12 to receive 2015 Outstanding Engineer Alumni award from The College of Engineering

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03/10/15
Four Chemical Engineering students awarded Women in Engineering Program honors

Women in Engineering Program honor recipients

The Penn State Women in Engineering Program (WEP) announced the recipients of its annual awards that recognize exceptional student leaders, mentors, facilitators and intern coordinators. Among the recipients are four chemical engineering students.




02/25/15
ChE Mourns the Death of Professor Robert Nedwick

Professor Robert Nedwick

Professor Robert Nedwick passed away on Wednesday, February 25, after recently retiring from the chemical engineering department at Penn State. Over the course of his 15-year career at the University, he contributed to the education of more than 2,000 Penn State chemical engineers. Nedwick taught both Process Design and Process Safety courses. Professor Nedwick was a friend to all. He genuinely loved Penn State and was fully committed to his chemical engineering students. He will be greatly missed.

Read Professor Nedwick's full obituary.




02/25/15
Zydney joins Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Board of Review Editors

Andrew Zydney, distinguished professor of chemical engineering.

Andrew Zydney, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, has agreed to serve on the Board of Review Editors for Biotechnology and Bioengineering.





02/20/15
The Graduate School at Penn State
2015 Thomas and June Beaver Fund Award

Photo of graduate student Tingwei Ren.

Tingwei Ren, advised by Manish Kumar, receives the 2015 Thomas and June Beaver Fund.


The award includes $3000 in recognition of Tingwei's outstanding academic record and her industrially-sponsored research.







Contact Information


  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • 158 Fenske Laboratory
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • University Park, PA 16802-4400