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Alumni Spotlight

Begun as a regular series in late 2018, the Alumni Spotlight features Penn State chemical engineering alums and highlights their career, life after Penn State, and Penn State experience. Click on the link or photo below to go to each Spotlight story.

We would love to feature you! If you are interested in being an Alumni Spotlight subject, please email Jamie Oberdick at and we will set up an interview. 


Laura Itle (Ph.D '05)


Paula Garcia-Todd (B.S., Masters '03)

Jian Qin (post-doctoral '12)


Susan Fullerton (B.S. ’02; Ph.D. ’09)

Raj Shah (Ph.D. ’95) 


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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 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2574