Several members of the Penn State student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) were recognized for their achievements during the institute's 2016 Student Conference, held Nov. 11-14 in San Francisco.
The microbe E. coli gets a bad rap in the food industry, but in the chemical engineering field, it is one of the most important microorganisms for producing amino acids, bioethanol, vitamins and more. Researchers in Penn State's Chemical and Biological Systems Optimization Lab have developed a near genome-scale kinetic model of Escherichia coli's metabolic processes, which will allow scientists to quickly and efficiently use computer modeling to predict the effects that multiple gene interventions have on the microbial factories.
Ying Li, a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering at Penn State, was recently named the recipient of MilliporeSigma's Life Science Award in Bioseparations.
Bacterial resistance does not come just through adaptation to antibiotics, sometimes the bacteria simply go to sleep. An international team of researchers is looking at compounds that attack bacteria's ability to go dormant and have found the first oxygen-sensitive toxin antitoxin system.
Controlling the way fluorinated polymer chains twist and turn may enable fast and flexible electrical circuits, according to collaborative research conducted at Penn State. The findings may offer substantial impact on the development of new polymer-type materials used in flexible electronic applications.
The Penn State Chemical Engineering Alumni Group is currently seeking alumni volunteers to draft and produce short video presentations on a number of chemical engineering topics.
A team of Penn State researchers have been awarded a $1M U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E award to develop solid ion conductors using the novel process, "cold sintering."
Growing ties and feeding nations
Nov 07, 2016
Wayne Curtis, professor of chemical engineering, has found a way to combine his love of plants and expertise in engineering to improve agricultural practices around the world.
Chemical engineering senior, Adam Uliana, spent his spring and summer months traveling Europe and Africa in an effort to further water purifications techniques.
The Department of Chemical Engineering hosted its second annual Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, October 26 featuring Jacob Israelachvili, professor of chemical engineering, materials and biomolecular science and engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Low cost, durable, commercially viable polymer-based anion-exchange membranes, a critical component in fuel cells and other energy-conversion devices, are the focus of a $2,300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to an industry, government, university collaboration including Penn State
Steve Spagnol: A break in tradition
October 3, 2016
Steve Spagnol (â€™10 CH E) develops drug delivery technologies for non-oral products as a senior scientist in Sterile Formulation Sciences at Merck
Andrew Zydney, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication.
Final plans for a new chemical and biomedical engineering building at University Park at an estimated cost of $144 million were approved by the Penn State Board of Trustees during its September 15 meeting.
The 2016 McWhirter Graduate Research Symposium was held Friday, September 16, at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Final plans for a new chemical and biomedical engineering building at University Park at an estimated cost of $144 million were approved by the Penn State Board of Trustees during its September 15 meeting.
After calling Fenske Laboratory home for the past 56 years, the Department of Chemical Engineering has relocated as plans for the new chemical engineering and biomedical engineering building move forward.
Robert "Brad" Sutliff has been named the 2016 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award recipient for the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.2M in funding to Enrique Gomez, Scott Milner and Ralph Colby for a proposal which aims to identify the key polymeric properties of conjugated polymers used to develop flexible electronics.
James Sheehan, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering was recently awarded third place at the sixth annual Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (IE&C) Division Graduate Award Symposium.
Ali Borhan, professor of chemical engineering, and Rebecca Bascom, professor of medicine, have been awarded one of two Grace Woodward Grants for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine for the 2016-2017 project period for their proposal "Patient-Specific Diagnosis and Treatment of Respiratory Disease: Expanding the Engineering Toolbox"
Penn State chemical engineering alumnus Raj Shah was recently inducted as a fellow to the Energy Institute and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers and was elevated to the status of Chartered Scientist within the Science Council.
Enrique Gomez, associate professor of chemical engineering, was recently invited to attend the White House celebration of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) 5-year anniversary
Natalie Morrissey, a Penn State chemical engineering junior and Schreyer Honors Scholar, has been awarded a 2016-17 NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.
Penn State engineering students and faculty recently traveled to Rwanda to explore whether or not a readily available plant seed could be used as a viable alternative to clean wastewater.
Members of CurtisLab showcased bioreactor design and plant biology at the Society of In Vitro Biology exposition booth during the 4th biennial USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., on April 16, 2016.
Wayne Curtis, professor of chemical engineering and principle investigator of the CurtisLab at Penn State, has been awarded a $600,000 collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation's Basic Research to Enhance Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program to assist African farmers with the production of agricultural food staples
The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering has announced plans to name the graduate program in chemical engineering after longtime supporters, John â€œJackâ€ McWhirter and Jeanette Dachille McWhirter.
Darrell Velegol, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Ayusman Sen, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Penn State, have been awarded a $388,900 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop catalytic motors that can function in salty environments.
Michael Regula, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded a Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowship from the College of Engineering for the 2016-17 academic year.
Anish Dasgupta, a chemical engineering graduate student advised by Robert Rioux, has been awarded The Johnson Matthey Student Award by the International Precious Metals Institute.
Esther Gomez, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering in Penn State's College of Engineering, and Susan Hafenstein, associate professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology in Penn State's College of Medicine, have been awarded one of two Grace Woodward Grants for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine for the 2016-2017 project period.
Dow has committed $500,000 to develop and name the Dow Chemical Knowledge Commons within the new Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Building at Penn State.
Alumnus Ken Graziani and wife, Cindy, will fund and name student activities space in new Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Building.
Susan Fullerton, chemical engineering alumna (B.S. '02, Ph.D. '09) and assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, was awarded a 2016 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Uliana awarded 2016 Udall Scholarship
May 16, 2016
Adam Uliana, a Penn State chemical engineering student and Schreyer Scholar, has been selected as a 2016 Udall Scholar by the Udall Foundation.
Phillip Savage, Walter L. Robb Family Endowed Chair Professor of chemical engineering and chemical engineering department head, has been named an executive officer fellow for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.
Penn State will lead a University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) that will advance basic and applied research for clean energy in support of the U.S. Department of Energy mission.
Partial renovations are planned for Thomas and Greenberg buildings to create classroom and office swing space during the construction of a new Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building on the University Park campus.
Yuexiao Shen, a chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate advised by Manish Kumar, has been awarded the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad.
Meet Joe Munchel, export product director at Phillips 66 in Houston, TX, and ChE alumnus '12.
A team of chemical engineers at Penn State has developed a beneficial biofilm with the ability to prevent the biofouling of reverse osmosis (RO) membranes.
Anirudh Nambiar, a Penn State junior and chemical engineering student, was recently awarded the first place paper award at the AIChE Mid-Atlantic Student Regional Conference at the University of Delaware April 8-9, 2016.
Rachel Smith, administrative support assistant for the chemical engineering undergraduate program, has been named the 2016 Departmental Outstanding Staff Award Recipient.
Michael Janik and Robert Rioux have been awarded a Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant from the Penn State College of Engineering to develop catalysts with the ability to hydrogenate selectively.
Four students in the Department of Chemical Engineering have been named 2016 recipients of the Larry Duda Undergraduate Student Research Award
Allan Brooks, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.
James Vrentas, Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering, has announced plans for retirement following a 36-year career with the department. Vrentas, who came to Penn State in 1980, will officially retire June 30, 2016.
Nicole J. Bernstein will be the student marshal for the chemical engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 6, 2016.
Ganesh Kailasam, (Ph.D. '91) has been named the 2016 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award Recipient for the Department of Chemical Engineering
Members of the Department of Chemical Engineering participated in their first intradepartmental 5k race Saturday, April 9, as part of the Bellefonte FaithCentre's 10th annual 5k walk/run. Runners raised money for area food banks.
The Department of Chemical Engineering's Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC) exchanged a series of new ideas and recommendations during a recent visit to the University Park campus March 23 and 24
Radovic-Moreno awarded Alumni Achievement Award
Mar 11, 2016
Chemical engineering alumnus, Aleks Radovic-Moreno, has been awarded the Penn State Alumni Association's Alumni Achievement Award.
A new building is planned for the College of Engineering at University Park. The new facility will enhance the national and international standing of both the chemical and biomedical engineering departments, as well as help them embrace future projected growth
Ye awarded Advanced Light Source Doctoral Fellowship
Aug 10, 2016
Dan Ye, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State, has been awarded an Advanced Light Source (ALS) Doctoral Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year.
Andrew Zydney, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, will present a plenary lecture: Virus Filtration â€“ Role of Membrane Morphology and Chemistry on Virus Capture, at the upcoming World Filtration Congress April 11 to 15 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Four faculty members within the Department of Chemical Engineering have been honored with 2016 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Awards.
Penn State students in the Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) minor recently traveled to Tanzania to assist African communities with the help of their original baobab processing machine
Manish Kumar, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, has recently been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation for his proposal: Bioinspired Artificial Channel Water Treatment Membranes.
Stanley Chan, chemical engineering senior, is making it easier for high school students to select the perfect university through the website schoolsfor.me.
The National Science Foundation has announced an award of $17.8 million over 5 years to Penn State to fund one of only two Materials Innovation Platform national user facilities in the country. Joan Redwing, professor of materials science and engineering, chemical engineering and electrical engineering, Penn State, will lead the project.
"School to Work Transition," a career panel sponsored by the AIChE student chapter and The Penn State Chemical Engineering Alumni Group will be held Friday, February 25.
The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Early Career Recognition Award.
Costas Maranas, Donald B. Broughton Professor of Chemical Engineering at Penn State, and Ali R. Zomorrodi, postdoctoral research associate at Boston University, have recently published the book, Optimization Methods in Metabolic Networks.
Chemical engineering senior John Connolly co-founded the Performing Arts Council, which helps promote collaboration among Penn State's performing arts groups.
The bi-annual College of Engineering Leonhard Center Speaking Contest was held Jan. 27, in the Kern Graduate Building Auditorium on the University Park campus of Penn State. The contest provides a platform for undergraduate engineering students to present engineering solutions to societal problems.
Seong Kim, professor of chemical engineering and materials science and engineering, and Zoubeida Ounaies, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor of Mechanical Engineering, have been awarded a $695,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to develop a new class of low-density energy materials.
Chemical engineering alumnus, Raj Shah, has been awarded ASTM International's prestigious Eagle Award
Natalie Morrissey, chemical engineering undergraduate student and member of Darrell Veleogl's Physics of Community research lab, applied her research knowledge to develop an op-ed article for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette
This year, the Department of Chemical Engineering celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the course Chemical Process Safety, which teaches safety practices and procedures to seniors planning a career in industry.
Zydney named fellow of AAAS
Nov 30, 2015
Andrew Zydney has been named a fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State have developed a two-step workflow to optimize metabolic networks for the production of chemical products and biofuels.
Chemical engineering student Nicole Bernstein and bioengineering student Nick Frazzette are leaders in a new program that will allow students to take the skills they learn in the classroom at Penn State and solve real-world engineering challenges across the globe.
Thinh Le has been selected as a finalist for the Graduate Student Award by Area 08A (Electronics and Photonics) in the Materials Science and Engineering Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Wenlin Zhang, has been selected as a finalist for the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award by Area 08A (Polymers) in the Materials Science and Engineering Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Wood receives $1.3M grant to study biofilm formation
Oct 30, 2015
Thomas Wood, Endowed Biotechnology Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been awarded a five-year, $1.3 million grant from Dow Microbial Control, a business group of The Dow Chemical Company, to study biofilm formation in natural energy fields.
Thomas Mueller received the Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award at the 41st Midwest/Southeast Photosynthesis Conference.
Curtis named AIChE Outstanding Student Advisor
Oct 22, 2015
Wayne Curtis, professor of chemical engineering, has been awarded the American Institute of Chemical Engineer's 2015 Outstanding Student Advisor Award
Andrew Zydney, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, is working to broaden the public's understanding of chemical engineering through the American Chemical Society's Experts Program
Simons awarded first place poster presentation award
Oct 07, 2015
Margaret Simons, was awarded the first place Poster Presentation Award at the 4th annual Conference on Constraint-Based Reconstruction and Analysis
Department announces graduate student awards
Sept 30, 2015
The Department of Chemical Engineering announces annual graduate student awards.
Eight faculty members in the College of Engineering at Penn State were recently appointed to early career and development professorships.
The Department of Chemical Engineering hosted their inaugural Distinguished Lecture on September 29 at the Huck Life Sciences Building Berg Auditorium.
The 2015 Penn State Chemical Engineering Research Symposium was held Friday, September 11, at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Joshua Vajda has been named the 2015 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award recipient for the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering.
Chemical engineering welcomes new assistant professor, Xueyi Zhang
Chances are, you didn't give much thought to catalysts this morning as you consumed your multivitamin, filled your reusable plastic water bottle or headed out the door to start your vehicle. Astonishingly enough, however, all of these products are shaped by catalysts, which are involved in more than 90 percent of all domestic manufacturing processes in the chemical industry.
Creativity, Innovation and Change, now available on Coursera, is a Massive Open Online Course available free to the public. The course was developed by faculty members within the College of Engineering and aims to discover and promote the utilization of every individual's unique creative potential.
Chemical engineering alumnus John "Jack" McWhirter and his wife, Jeanette Dachille McWhirter, recently gave Penn State $10 million to support the graduate program in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Michael Janik, professor of chemical engineering and John J. and Jean M. Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Professor in the College of Engineering, has been awarded two independent research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling over $478,000.
Stanley Chan has been awarded a 2015 Astronaut Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $10,000.
Janna Maranas has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the Department of Energy to power electric vehicles
Ying Li, a chemical engineering graduate student, has been awarded the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award.
Milner named Radcliffe Institute Fellow
Jun 04, 2015
Scott Milner, William H. Joyce Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering at Penn State, has been appointed a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for the 2015-16 academic year.
The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million to a team of Penn State faculty to teach a curriculum in density-functional theory to graduate students in STEM
The department announces faculty promotions
May 11, 2015
The Department of Chemical Engineering has announced the promotion of two faculty members
Delegates from The Dow Chemical Company visited Penn State Chemical Engineering on April 16, with a goal to further their long-standing collaborative relationship
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.
The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society honored six chemical engineering faculty and staff members at an annual awards banquet April 23 at the Nittany Lion Inn
McEldrew selected as spring 2015 student marshal
Apr 20, 2015
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. McEldrew will receive a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.
Chemical engineering student rides with Jeff Gordon
Apr 15, 2015
Chemical engineering undergraduate, Olga Vinogradova, was recently selected to participate in the press panel for NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon's visit to University Park
Jonathan Spadt (B.S. â€˜93) has been awarded the Outstanding Engineering Alumni (OEA) Award by the College of Engineering.
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.
Andrew Zydney, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, has agreed to serve on the Board of Review Editors for Biotechnology and Bioengineering.
Chemical engineering mourns the death of retired faculty member, Robert Nedwick.
Enrique Gomez has been awarded the Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award
Andrew Zydney named distinguished professor
Jan 20, 2015
Andrew Zydney, has been conferred the status of distinguished professor in the College of Engineering, the highest professonial distinction in the college.
Chemical engineering welcomes Dawn McFadden, assistant professor of chemical engineering
Rami Madadin (B.S. '04) has been awarded the 2014 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award in Chemical Engineering.
Lisa Callender, (B.S. '03) has been named the 2013 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award recipient in chemical engineering
Narayan Ramesh has been named the 2012 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award recipient in chemical engineering