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

  • Dr. John E. Palamara – Chair
    Development Manager, Global Gases Technology
    Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
  • Dr. Narayan Ramesh – Vice Chair
    DOW Solar Associates R&D Director
    DOW Chemical Company
  • Magen L. Buterbaugh
    TenEx Technologies, LLC
  • Lisa Callender 
    Site Leader, Harbor Beach
    Corteva(tm) Agriscience
  • Jane Clampitt
    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
  • Christopher I. Halliday
    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Dr. Divakar Ramakrishnan
    Vice President, Delivery, Devices and Connected Solutions
    Eli Lilly and Company
  • Todd Reppert
    Vice President, Commercial/Technical Upstream Ventures
    Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Suzette Schultz
    Senior Project Manager
    AstraZeneca Global Supply Chain
  • Dr. David Sholl
    School Chair, Michael Tennenbaum Family Chair, and GRA Eminent Scholar in Energy Sustainability
    School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Howard Welsh
    Chief Financial Officer (retired)
    Ford China


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