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Penn State chemical engineers don’t just show up for class—they’re changing the world.

Our research at Penn State is positioned to tackle some of today’s most pressing society challenges in order to shape the future. Our researchers work to:

  • Expand the supply of food, energy, and clean water to meet the needs of a growing and developing global population
  • Improve people’s health by working toward new and better medical treatments
  • Develop new materials and pathways to chemical products that are more affordable, sustainable, and environmentally beneficial
  • Enable the use of renewable, sustainable energy for transportation
  • Protect and improve the environment for generations to come

Penn State chemical engineers work creatively and in collaboration with other experts across campus and around the world, use laboratory experiments and theory, and develop computer models to make advances that touch people’s lives.

Join us and launch your research career at Penn State.



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