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

  • Thomas Lancaster, Chair
    Vice President, Research and Development
    Akston Biosciences Corporation
  • Magen Buterbaugh, Vice-Chair
    Global Business Manager, Flurochemicals
    The Chemours Company, LLC
  • James Janicki
    Chief Operating Officer
    Arx Pax Labs, Inc.
  • Fay Linn Lee
    Senior Product Implementation Manager
    Shell Lubricants
  • Craig Pfeifer
    Procurement Director
    Olin Corporation
  • Divakar Ramakrishnan
    VP of Delivery and Device Research and Development
    Eli Lilly and Company
  • Todd Reppert
    Vice President–Commercial/Technical
    Upstream Ventures
    ExxonMobil Corporation
  • David Sholl
    School Chair, Michael Tennenbaum Family Chair, and GRA Eminent Scholar in Energy Sustainability
    School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Yi Tang
    Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    University of California, Los Angeles


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