Industrial and Professional Advisory Council

The Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC) is a select group of representatives from industry, government agencies, academia, and the profession who advise the department on academic issues, current trends, and future directions in engineering. IPAC is a forum where ideas are exchanged and recommendations are made. IPAC provides direct linkage and communication between the department and the engineering profession.

Current Membership

  • Narayan Ramesh – Chair
    DOW Solar Associate R&D Director
    DOW Chemical Company
  • Howard Welsh – Vice Chair
    Chief Financial Officer (retired)
    Ford China
  • Lisa Callender
    Harbor Beach Site Leader
    Corteva™ Agriscience
  • Jane Clampitt
    Immediate Past President, Penn State Engineering Alumni Society
    Customer Experience & Loyalty Center of Excellence Lead (retired), DuPont
  • Kevin Dorfman
    Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
    University of Minnesota
  • Amy Ericson
    Vice President for Packaging Coatings & Specialty Materials
    PPG Industries
  • Christopher I. Halliday
    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • John E. Palamara
    Development Manager, Global Gases Technology
    Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
  • Divakar Ramakrishnan
    Chief Technology Officer
  • Todd Reppert
    Vice President, Commercial/Technical Upstream Ventures (Retired)
    Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Suzette Schultz
    Senior Project Manager
    AstraZeneca Global Supply Chain


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