Search All News:


Alumna one of five recipients of $50,000 AAAS Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences


In recognition of her research to develop the next generation of electronic devices, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) named Susan Fullerton, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and Penn State chemical engineering alumna, a recipient of the 2019 Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences.

Andrew Zydney named recipient of Alan S. Michaels Award


The Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Andrew Zydney, Bayard D. Kunkle Chair and professor of chemical engineering, as their 2019 recipient of the Alan S. Michaels Award in the Recovery of Biological Products.

Alumni Spotlight: Raj Shah


Our latest Alumni Spotlight features Raj Shah, director of Koehler Instrument Company. Shah earned his doctorate degree from Penn State in 1995, and has more than 20 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry.

Alumni workshop gathers people, ideas for chemical engineering’s future


A group of approximately 60 Penn State chemical engineering alumni, current and emeritus faculty, along with both graduate and undergraduate students, gathered at the HUB Robeson Center September 23 and 24 for the Penn State Chemical Engineering Alumni Workshop.

Research symposium showcases graduate student achievements


The 2018 Penn State Chemical Engineering McWhirter Graduate Research Symposium was held Friday, September 14, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Chemical engineering now accepting graduate degree applications


The Department of Chemical Engineering is now accepting applications for graduate degree programs. Penn state is ranked in the top 10 in the nation for chemical engineering research (as per NTU Ranking), based on the quality and quantity of scientific research articles.

Learn about our new building, to open in 2019


It’s been about two years since we announced the groundbreaking of the new facility that we will be sharing with the Department of Chemical Engineering, and we are excited to move in during spring 2019.

Penn State leading innovation in nascent field of artificial water channels


The Department of Chemical Engineering’s cutting-edge work in the nascent field of artificial water channels was the subject of a recent Faraday Discussions conference held by the Royal Society of Chemistry and a breakthrough paper in the journal Nature Communications.

3D electron microscopy uncovers the complex guts of desalination membranes


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


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


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


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.

Search All News:




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

119 Greenberg Complex

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2574