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John R. and Jeanette Dachille McWhirter Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering

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If you’re seeking an opportunity to solve the important problems facing society today, the Department of Chemical Engineering is a great place for you! As a Penn State chemical engineering graduate student, you would work collaboratively with experts from diverse backgrounds at both Penn State and around the world.

Why choose Penn State for your graduate experience?

  • Endowed program: We offer our graduate students fellowships, travel funds, an active graduate student association, and our own research symposium to enhance our graduate student experience.
  • Established and growing program: Our program began in the 1920s and we’re looking to a bright future with our new building and a growing group of impactful faculty covering six research areas.
  • Expert faculty as mentors: Students have their choice of faculty with extensive academic and industry backgrounds as their research mentors.
  • Impactful research opportunities: With funding from industry and federal sources, our research projects tackle some of society's most pressing societal issues in human health, environmental sustainability, renewable energy, accessible food supply, and more.
  • Cutting-edge facilities: The Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building features 109,000 square feet of state-of-the-art labs, innovative collaborative spaces, bright and roomy graduate student office space, and more. Click here to watch a video featuring the facilities.

Our graduate degree programs include:



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

121 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2574