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Chemical engineering alum becomes ambassador for girls interested in STEM


While roughly one-third of girls say they have considered a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career, only one-quarter actually pursue that path.

Chemical engineering professor elected as American Physical Society Fellow


The American Physical Society (APS) elected Bryan D. Vogt, Penn State professor of chemical engineering, as one of its 2019 fellows.

In and out with 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge


Electric vehicle owners may soon be able to pull into a fueling station, plug their car in, go to the restroom, get a cup of coffee and in 10 minutes, drive out with a fully charged battery, according to a team of engineers.

Researchers explore using computer simulations to improve experiments


Penn State researchers receive 1.75 million dollar NSF grant to develop computer simulations for improved flexible electronics experiments.

Graduate student of short stature overcomes challenges in lab, life


ChE doctoral candidate overcomes challenges poised by short stature to achieve as a grad student.

Chemical engineering professor receives American Chemical Society award


The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Andrew Zydney, Penn State Bayard D. Kunkle Chair and professor of chemical engineering, as the recipient of the 2020 ACS Award in Separations Science and Technology.

First-year engineering student creating soundtracks on the side


Wezi Mkandawire, of Wexford, produces music for film and television soundtracks, combining his abilities with the guitar and piano with a growing set of production skills. Videos featuring his songs have received as many as 45,000 views on Ambient, a YouTube channel that collects music designed for films, relaxation and more.

Researchers seek to revolutionize catalyst design with machine learning


Researchers from Penn State and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have received a $1.2 million grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to use machine learning — a form of artificial intelligence — and data science to design more effective catalysts for chemical processing. The grant is part of a new initiative by the DOE to provide $27.6 million in grants for data science research in chemical and materials sciences.

Four new faculty members join Department of Chemical Engineering


Four new faculty members joined Penn State's Department of Chemical Engineering this academic year.

Improv teaches chemical engineering REU students valuable skills


Students in the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering’s (ChE) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program participated in an improv workshop conducted by Samuel Tanner, assistant professor of literacy education at Penn State Altoona.

Moving faster in a crowd: Examining cell particle movement


Cell particles move more quickly through a crowded cellular environment when the crowding molecules are non-uniformly distributed. New research also shows that particle transport in crowded cells can actually be faster than movement in a non-crowded environment as long as the particles are moving from densely crowded areas to less crowded areas.

Researchers develop novel process to fabricate battery materials


By discovering a way to combine lithium salts with ceramics, researchers in the Penn State College of Engineering and the Penn State Materials Research Institute may have created a new class of materials for longer-lasting batteries. According to researchers, the composite nature of the batteries could make recycling easier, reducing landfill waste.

Penn State professor co-chairs roadmap to guide synthetic biology investments


Some of the potential applications of engineering biology, or synthetic biology, sound like science fiction: genetically engineered organisms that produce plastics from carbon dioxide and synthetic gut microbes that detect and wipe out invading organisms before you get sick.

Two chemical engineering faculty members receive promotions


Two faculty members in the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering have received promotions in academic rank, effective July 1.

Penn State alumnus leads effort to restore the Chesapeake


Dana Aunkst, armed with his Penn State chemical engineering degree, has taken on the biggest challenge of his career so far: restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

Graduate student receives poster award at biotechnology symposium


Parinaz Emami, a doctoral degree candidate in chemical engineering, received the Best Poster Award at the Law, Policy and Engineering Biotechnology Symposium, held April 11, at the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building.

Bailyn Bench receives AIChE Outstanding Senior Award


Penn State chemical engineering senior Bailyn Bench recently received the 2019 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Outstanding Senior Award.

Lubrizol pledges $100,000 in support of the Engineering Equity Initiative


The Lubrizol Corporation, which owns and operates chemical engineering facilities in 17 countries, has pledged $100,000 over the next five years in support of the College of Engineering's Engineering Equity Initiative.

Monty Alger named AIChE 2019 President-elect, 2020 President


The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) recently announced that Monty Alger, professor of chemical engineering, was elected as 2019 AIChE President-elect and 2020 AIChE President.

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