Penn State Alumni Association Awards

Alumni Fellow Award

The Alumni Fellows Award is the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. Administered in association with Penn State’s academic colleges, recipients return to campus to share their knowledge and expertise with the University community.

As leaders in their respective personal fields, Alumni Fellows provide a dimension to the academic curriculum not otherwise available in the traditional college classroom. The Board of Trustees has designated the title of Alumni Fellow as permanent and lifelong.

Past Chemical Engineering Recipients:

  • 2018 – Jack McWhirter (’61, ’62)
  • 2012 – Richard J. Spontak (’83)
  • 2011 – Nicholas DeIuliis (’90)
  • 2009 – William H. Joyce (’57)

Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award is given by the Penn State Alumni Association to a high-achieving alumnus or alumna no older than 35 years of age.

Past Chemical Engineering Recipients:

  • 2012 – Ronald Ondechek Jr. (’99)
  • 2022 - Sienna Helfrich ('13)


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