3D electron microscopy uncovers the complex guts of desalination membranes
September 18, 2018

Careful sample preparation, electron tomography and quantitative analysis of 3D models provides unique insights into the inner structure of reverse osmosis membranes widely used for salt water desalination wastewater recycling and home use, according to a team of chemical engineers.

McWhirter among Penn Staters honored with Alumni Fellow Award
September 17, 2018

The Penn State Alumni Association will recognize 14 graduates on Oct. 3 with the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Alumni Association.

Chemical Engineering faculty, staff among those honored by College
September 6, 2018

Penn State College of Engineering will recognize faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service at a ceremony on October 1 at 3 p.m. in the Hintz Family Alumni Center.

Gawel named 2018 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award recipient
September 4, 2018

Katherine Gawel has been named the 2018 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award recipient for the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering.

Gupta receives best presentation award at Electronic Materials Conference

Akanksha Gupta, graduate research assistant with the Department of Chemical Engineering, recently was presented with the Best Presentation Award for the Materials Research Society's 2017 Electronic Materials Conference.

Fantastic plastics: Research collaboration could reshape injection molding

As Ralph Colby peers at the microscope image in front of him, he thinks he can make them out--"shish kebabs," as polymer scientists call them.

Guo recipient of Tau Beta Pi Scholarship

Kexi "Winters" Guo, a senior this fall majoring in chemical engineering and chemistry, has been named the recipient of a Tau Beta Pi Scholarship in the amount of $2000 for 2018-19.

Chemical Engineering alumnus receives multiple prestigious honors

Raj Shah, director of the New York-based company Koehler Instrument was recently honored by the International Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) at its recent annual meeting in Minneapolis. Shah received the P.M. Ku Medal, one of the highest honors bestowed by the STLE.

REU-focused graduate student paper wins ASEE award

A group of Penn State faculty and graduate student authors was awarded the 2018 Best Student Paper Award from the Graduate Studies Division (GSD) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) at the GSD’s business meeting June 26.

Liu receives Best Graduate Student Poster presentation award

Hongshen Liu, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering, was awarded Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation at the 2018 Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD) Meeting of The American Ceramic Society.

Rapid charging of electric vehicles aided by $1 million from DoE

Revolutionizing the way electric vehicle batteries charge and spurring the technology as an environmental and economic growth driver will be possible thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to Penn State engineers.

Emelia Conte and Natalie Morrissey receive AIChE Outstanding Senior Award

Penn State chemical engineering seniors Emelia Conte and Natalie Morrissey, both Schreyer Scholars, have recently received the 2018 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Outstanding Senior Award.

Gomez to use NSF CAREER award to study how cell differentiation is affected by tissue stiffness

Esther Gomez, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, Penn State, has received the National Science Foundation's (NSF) prestigious Early Career (CAREER) award to better understand the mechanobiology of mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET).

A simple method etches patterns at the atomic scale

A precise chemical-free method for etching nanoscale features on silicon wafers has been developed by a team from Penn State and Southwest Jiaotong University and Tsinghua University in China.

Dormier named chemical engineering student marshal for 2018 spring commencement

Adam M. Dormier will be the student marshal for the chemical engineering baccalaureate degree program at the College of Engineering's spring commencement ceremony on May 4. Dormier will receive a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.

Janik receives 2018 Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching

Michael Janik, professor of chemical engineering, is one of six Penn State faculty members who have received the 2018 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Ken Graziani receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award

Ken Graziani, a Penn State chemical engineering alumnus, was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Chemical engineering alumnus honored by ExxonMobil for analytics work

Penn State College of Engineering and Schreyer Scholar alumnus George Khoury was named "Analytics Influencer of the Year" by ExxonMobil at the company's Annual Analytics Day on Feb. 15.

Penn State AIChE wins awards at Annual AIChE Student Conference

The Penn State American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student chapter and its members had a successful year at the Annual AIChE Student Conference, bringing home multiple chapter and student awards.

Unoia Beauty offers entrepreneurial experience for chemical engineering students

Janna Maranas will tell you that she is not your stereotypical scientist.

Andrew Zydney appointed to the Bayard D. Kunkle Chair of Engineering

Andrew Zydney, distinguished professor of chemical engineering and director of the new Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology (CoEIB), was appointed the Bayard D. Kunkle Chair in Engineering.

Xueyi Zhang awarded Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Professorship

Xueyi Zhang, assistant professor of chemical engineering, was awarded the Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Professorship this fall.

Penn State team wins $7M award to enlist insects as allies for food security

A Penn State-led research team is hoping to enlist insects as allies in an effort to make crops more tolerant of environmental stressors, after the crops are already growing in the greenhouse or field.

Zydney to direct the new Penn State Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences are delighted to announce that Andrew Zydney, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, will be Director of the new Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology (CoEIB). Professor Zydney’s qualifications and vision for the CoEIB are truly exceptional and we are fortunate to have someone with his level of accomplishment, experience, and capability serving in this position.

Alumna to begin Peace Corps service in Paraguay

Penn State alumna Sarah Torhan has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay on Sept. 11 to begin training as an environment volunteer. Torhan will live and work in a community to promote environmental awareness and action at the local level.

Supplement: Integrated Continuous Manufacturing of Biologics

Although estimates vary slightly, many industry experts predict continuous manufacturing will, at the least, cut the cost of manufacturing biologics in half. Thus, it will be an attractive option for drug makers looking to trim manufacturing budgets. But not all biologics would be feasible candidates for a truly integrated processing stream, and a truly continuous line may require a larger initial capital investment.

Emeritus Ron Danner celebrates 50 years of service in chemical engineering career

July 1, 2017 marked Ron Danner’s 50 years of service in the chemical engineering department at Penn State. Danner has served in multiple roles as a teacher, mentor, and prominent researcher.

Assistant Professor Christian Pester joins the ranks in the chemical engineering department

The Department of Chemical Engineering will welcome Christian Pester during the fall 2017 semester.

Penn State team addresses transfer credit challenge using IBM Watson

A Penn State team is working with artificial intelligence technology to find a solution to the cumbersome task of approving transfer credits for students wishing to enroll at the university from another institution.

Winning theory may help developing nations

Who would have thought that getting clean water from a miracle tree would be possible. Student engineering researchers are making this a reality. Emma Clement and Bethany Piechowicz conducted year-long research and arrived at the hypothesis that the Moringa Oleifera tree otherwise known as the “miracle tree,” could provide clean water for many developing nations.

Xin Qi to present her nanocrystal theory at Gordon Research Conference

Xin Qi will present her poster abstract and research “The Thermos-Dynamic Influence of Structure of Directing Agents in Solution Phase Nanocrystal Synthesis” at the June Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Growth and Assembly, University of New England.

Happy Valley LaunchBox graduates six startups from accelerator program

Happy Valley LaunchBox graduated six startups from its business startup accelerator program on April 26 at its space in downtown State College. The graduates join 25 other companies that have gone through the accelerator since Happy Valley LaunchBox opened in February 2016.

Wayne Curtis joins the Wiley Research Fellow ranks

Wayne Curtis, professor of chemical engineering and affiliate professor of bioengineering and plant science, was selected by the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) as the newest Wiley Research Fellow, named for William R. Wiley, who first envisioned the EMSL user facility.



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