Industrial and Professional Advisory Council

The Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC) is a select group of representatives from industry, government agencies, academia, and the profession who advise the Department on academic issues and on current trends and future directions in engineering. IPAC is a forum where ideas are exchanged and recommendations are made. IPAC provides direct linkage and communication between the Department and the engineering profession.  

Current Membership

Thomas Lancaster Chair
Vice President, Research and Development
Akston Biosciences Corp.

Magen Buterbaugh Vice-Chair
Global Business Manager, Flurochemicals
The Chemours Company, LLC

James Janicki
Chief Operating Officer
Arx Pax Labs, Inc.

Fay Linn Lee
Senior Product Implementation Manager
Shell Lubricants

Craig Pfeifer
Procurement Director
Olin Corporation

Divakar Ramakrishnan
VP of Delivery and Device Research and Development
Eli Lilly and Company

Todd Reppert
Vice President-Commercial/Technical
Upstream Ventures
ExxonMobil Corporation

David Sholl
School Chair, Michael Tennenbaum Family Chair, and GRA Eminent Scholar in Energy Sustainability
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Yi Tang
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles




The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

119 Greenberg Complex

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2574