Welcome to the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering.

There has never been a more exciting time to pursue a career in the chemical industry. Our graduates are trained to be independent and accomplished researchers and industry professionals with the capacity to tackle some of today's most pressing societal challenges in health and medicine, environmental conservation, energy and sustainability.

We offer a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, as well as a non-thesis M.S. degree and a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering. Our M.S. degree is designed to be completed in as little as twelve months, and allows engineers to gain a deeper knowledge of chemical engineering fundamentals and explore new research opportunities.

In addition, our program employs strong interdisciplinary research ties across the University and continues to produce top-notch graduates in a number of specializations. We currently have more than 570 juniors and seniors enrolled in our undergraduate program and more than 120 graduate students enrolled in M.S. and Ph.D. studies.

The department is also positioned for significant growth over the next several years with the addition of a new research and teaching facility in 2019. The new building project will significantly strengthen the department and foster collaboration with the life sciences.

Whether you are a looking for an undergraduate degree, graduate degree, postdoctoral experience or are a business exploring the potential for collaboration, our department is uniquely suited to work with you. Thank you for reaching out and please feel free to contact us with your questions or needs.

Phillip Savage
Department Head, The Department of Chemical Engineering
Walter L. Robb Family Endowed Chair

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Phillip E. Savage, chemical engineering department head and Walter L. Robb Family Endowed Chair



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