Department of

Chemical Engineering

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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.


05/12/15
NSF grants nearly $3 million to train graduate STEM students

photo of Phil Savage and Amr Elnashai with Dow Chemical corporate representaties

A curriculum in density-functional theory (DFT) for graduate students in STEM fields is the goal of a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $3 million over five years awarded to a team of Penn State faculty.

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05/11/15
Gomez and Janik receive faculty promotions

photo of Phil Savage and Amr Elnashai with Dow Chemical corporate representaties

The department of chemical engineering is pleased to announce the promotion Enrique Gomez and Michael Janik effective immediately.

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05/05/15
Dow Chemical strengthens relationship with Penn State Chemical Engineering

photo of Phil Savage and Amr Elnashai with Dow Chemical corporate representaties

Delegates from The Dow Chemical Company visited Penn State Chemical Engineering on April 16, with a goal to further their long-standing collaborative relationship.

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05/04/15
Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering to Open a New Facility in 2019

photo of Phil Savage

The chemical engineering and biomedical engineering departments will open the doors of a new facility in 2019, where the two departments will become co-located on the current site of Fenske Laboratory.

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04/28/15
Savage Wins Energy & Fuels Joint Award for Excellence in Publication

photo of Phil Savage

Phillip E. Savage, chemical engineering department head and Walter L. Robb Family Endowed Chair, is the senior author of the article selected for the inaugural Energy & Fuels Joint Award for Excellence in Publication.

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04/24/15
Six Chemical Engineering Faculty and Staff Members Honored at PSEAS Awards


spring 2015 student marshal, Michael McEldrew

The College of Engineering honored faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service on April 23 at the Nittany Lion Inn. Among those honored are six chemical engineering faculty and staff members.

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04/20/15
McEldrew selected as spring 2015 student marshal

spring 2015 student marshal, Michael McEldrew

Senior Michael P. McEldrew has been selected as the student marshal for the chemical engineering baccalaureate degree program at the College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 8.

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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.

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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.







Contact Information


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