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

Meghan L. Buterbaugh--Chair
PresidentTenEx Technologies, LLC

Dr. John E. Palamara--Vice-Chair
Development Manager
Global Gase

Michele DeWitt
Global Commercial & Marketing
Westinghouse Electric Company

Christopher I. Halliday
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Dr. Divakar Ramakrishnan
VP of Delivery and Device Research and Development
Eli Lilly and Company

Narayan Ramesh
DOW Solar Associates R&D Director
DOW Chemical Company

Todd Reppert
Vice-President; Commercial/Technical
Upstream VenturesExxon Mobil Corporation

Suzette Schultz
Senior Project Manager
AstraZenecaGlobal Supply Chain

Dr. David Sholl
School Chair, Michael Tennenbaum Family
Chair, and GRA Eminent Scholar in Energy Sustainability
School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Howard Welsh
CFO Ford China-retired



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