Chemical Engineering Seminars

Fall 2022 Seminar Schedule
Date Speaker Title

September 1

Bradley D. Olsen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB
The Community Resource for Innovation in Polymer Technology: An Open Data Ecosystem to Catalyze Innovation in Polymer Science

September 8

Brett A. Helms
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB
Designing Membranes for Better Batteries

September 29

Inaugural Lesh Lecturer
Rhea Williams

ACS Publications, Sponsored by Dorothy L. Lesh Endowed Lecture Series
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB
Peek Behind the Curtain of Scientific Publishing with ACS

October 6

David Bem
PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, PA
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB
Building a Beautiful and Protected World with Coating Innovations

October 13

Ashish Kulkarni
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB


October 20

Distinguished Lecturer
Kristi S. Anseth

University of Colorado, Boulder
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB

Synthetic Hydrogels as Extracellular Matrix Mimics: Engineering Materials for 4D Cell Culture

October 25

Marc A. Hillmyer
University of Minnesota
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB


October 27

Thomas A. Fuller
Georgia Tech
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB

November 3

Thomas H. Epps
University of Delaware
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB
Advancing Sustainability: Small Molecules and Polymers from Biomass and Plastics Waste

November 10

Orlando J. Rojas
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB

December 1

Zachary P. Smith
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB
Designing Microporous Materials for Membrane Separations

December 6

Joan Brennecke
University of Texas at Austin
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB

December 8

Thomas P. Senftle
Rice University
10:35 a.m. | 001 CBEB
Understanding Metal-Support Interactions in Catalysis with Statistical Learning


  • For more information, contact Lisa Haines at



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