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Emeritus Ron Danner celebrated 50 years of service in chemical engineering career
September 12, 2017

July 1, 2017 marked Ron Danner’s 50 years of service in the chemical engineering department at Penn State. Danner has served in multiple roles as a teacher, mentor, and prominent researcher.

Assistant Professor Christian Pester joins the ranks in the chemical engineering department
August 24, 2017

The Department of Chemical Engineering will welcome Christian Pester during the fall 2017 semester.

Penn State team addresses transfer credit challenge using IBM Watson
June 28, 2017

A Penn State team is working with artificial intelligence technology to find a solution to the cumbersome task of approving transfer credits for students wishing to enroll at the university from another institution.

Emma Clement's and Bethany Piechowicz's winning theory may help developing nations
July 21, 2017

Who would have thought that getting clean water from a miracle tree would be possible. Student engineering researchers are making this a reality. Emma Clement and Bethany Piechowicz conducted year-long research and arrived at the hypothesis that the Moringa Oleifera tree otherwise known as the “miracle tree,” could provide clean water for many developing nations.

Xin Qi to present her nanocrystal theory at Gordon Research Conference
June 23, 2017

Xin Qi will present her poster abstract and research “The Thermos-Dynamic Influence of Structure of Directing Agents in Solution Phase Nanocrystal Synthesis” at the June Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Growth and Assembly, University of New England.

Happy Valley LaunchBox graduates six startups from accelerator program
June 15, 2017

Happy Valley LaunchBox graduated six startups from its business startup accelerator program on April 26 at its space in downtown State College. The graduates join 25 other companies that have gone through the accelerator since Happy Valley LaunchBox opened in February 2016.

Megan Farell awarded NSF fellowship for research on treatment and prevention of diseases
May 22, 2017

Megan Farell, a chemical engineering doctoral candidate, was selected this spring for a National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship. The title of the project is “Nanoscale Enzymatic Devices for Organelle Targeting.” Farell’s research focuses on using two-dimensional materials for nanoscale enzymatic devices that can be integrated with specific organelles for treatment and prevention of diseases. 

Microbial fuel cell converts methane to electricity
Monday, May 22, 2017

Transporting methane from gas wellheads to market provides multiple opportunities for this greenhouse gas to leak into the atmosphere. Now, an international team of researchers has taken the first step in converting methane directly to electricity using bacteria, in a way that could be done near the drilling sites.

College of Engineering announces faculty promotions
May 17, 2017

The College of Engineering recently announced that 13 faculty members have been selected for promotions. To be considered for tenure or promotion, a faculty member should have demonstrated accomplishments in the areas of: (1) scholarship of teaching and learning; (2) scholarship of research and creative accomplishments; and (3) service and the scholarship of service to the University, society, and the profession.

Student team advances to NAE Global Grand Challenges Summit competition
May 3, 2017

A team of Penn State engineering and business students will serve as one of five teams representing the United States at the 2017 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Global Grand Challenges Summit Student Day Competition on Tuesday, July 18, in Washington, D.C.

Engineering science undergraduate student receives Berkeley Fellowship
April 26, 2017

Muhammad Risyad Hasyim, an engineering science and chemical engineering undergraduate student who will receive his dual bachelor of science degrees and a minor in mathematics in May, has been selected for a Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study at the University of California, Berkeley.

Penn State junior found what she was looking for at Fall Career Days
April 21, 2017

Before she attended Fall Career Days’ internship/co-op recruiting day, Penn State student Audrey Mack had never had a job interview in her life.

Elsa Koninckx named student marshal for spring 2017 commencement
April 18, 2017

Elsa J. Koninckx was selected as the student marshal for the chemical engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5. Koninckx will receive a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.

Adam Uliana receives Oswald leadership award
April 11, 2017

The three pillars that include water treatment, education and environmental issues are what fuel chemical engineering senior Adam Uliana, as he was recently recognized by the University for his leadership efforts in those areas. The Schreyer Scholar received Penn State’s John W. Oswald Award for all of his significant and sustainable leadership projects.

Mike Malone named Outstanding Engineering Alumnus
March 21, 2017

Mike Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the College of Engineering.

Students Regula and Tran Gain Great Leadership Skills
March 20, 2017

Penn State chemical engineering doctoral candidate Mike Regula and senior Quoc Tran were both fortunate to know great leaders at a very young age. These life experiences have catapulted both young men into leadership roles in the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association (ChE GSA) and Penn State’s student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE).

Chemical Engineering Student to Present at Summer Membrane Conference
March 15, 2017

Parinaz Emami, chemical engineering doctoral candidate, will present her research at the International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes (ICOM) conference, the largest international meeting in membrane science.

Chemical engineering's Ying Li earns national award for bioseparations research
01/18/2017

Ying Li, a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering at Penn State, was recently named the recipient of MilliporeSigma's Life Science Award in Bioseparations.

Predictive kinetic model paves the way for designing microbial factories
12/22/2016

The microbe E. coli gets a bad rap in the food industry, but in the chemical engineering field, it is one of the most important microorganisms for producing amino acids, bioethanol, vitamins and more. Researchers in Penn State's Chemical and Biological Systems Optimization Lab have developed a near genome-scale kinetic model of Escherichia coli's metabolic processes, which will allow scientists to quickly and efficiently use computer modeling to predict the effects that multiple gene interventions have on the microbial factories.

Chemical engineering students win awards at AIChE conference
12/14/2016

Several members of the Penn State student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) were recognized for their achievements during the institute's 2016 Student Conference, held Nov. 11-14 in San Francisco.

Controlling chain conformations to enhance electronic devices
12/01/2016

Controlling the way fluorinated polymer chains twist and turn may enable fast and flexible electrical circuits, according to collaborative research conducted at Penn State. The findings may offer substantial impact on the development of new polymer-type materials used in flexible electronic applications.

Alumni volunteers needed for Concepts in Chemical Engineering video series
11/21/2016

The Penn State Chemical Engineering Alumni Group is currently seeking alumni volunteers to draft and produce short video presentations on a number of chemical engineering topics.

DOE awards $1M to develop composites for solid lithium conductors
11/17/2016

A team of Penn State researchers have been awarded a $1M U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E award to develop solid ion conductors using the novel process, "cold sintering."

Oxygen can wake up dormant bacteria for antibiotic attacks
11/08/2016

Bacterial resistance does not come just through adaptation to antibiotics, sometimes the bacteria simply go to sleep. An international team of researchers is looking at compounds that attack bacteria's ability to go dormant and have found the first oxygen-sensitive toxin antitoxin system.

Growing ties and feeding nations
11/07/2016

Wayne Curtis, professor of chemical engineering, has found a way to combine his love of plants and expertise in engineering to improve agricultural practices around the world.

Traveling oceans to discover water purification techniques
11/02/2016

Chemical engineering senior, Adam Uliana, spent his spring and summer months traveling Europe and Africa in an effort to further water purifications techniques.

Department of Chemical Engineering hosts second annual Distinguished Lecture
10/27/2016

The Department of Chemical Engineering hosted its second annual Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, October 26 featuring Jacob Israelachvili, professor of chemical engineering, materials and biomolecular science and engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

DOE grant focuses on next-generation anion exchange membranes
10/17/2016

Low cost, durable, commercially viable polymer-based anion-exchange membranes, a critical component in fuel cells and other energy-conversion devices, are the focus of a $2,300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to an industry, government, university collaboration including Penn State

Steve Spagnol: A break in tradition
10/03/2016

Steve Spagnol ('10 CH E) develops drug delivery technologies for non-oral products as a senior scientist in Sterile Formulation Sciences at Merck

Zydney receives Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication
10/03/2016

Andrew Zydney, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication.

Plans for Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building approved by Trustees
09/16/2016

Final plans for a new chemical and biomedical engineering building at University Park at an estimated cost of $144 million were approved by the Penn State Board of Trustees during its September 15 meeting.

2016 McWhirter Graduate Research Symposium demonstrates graduate student achievements
09/17/2016

The 2016 McWhirter Graduate Research Symposium was held Friday, September 16, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Plans for Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building approved by Trustees
09/16/2016

Final plans for a new chemical and biomedical engineering building at University Park at an estimated cost of $144 million were approved by the Penn State Board of Trustees during its September 15 meeting.

The Department of Chemical Engineering moves to swing space
09/13/2016

After calling Fenske Laboratory home for the past 56 years, the Department of Chemical Engineering has relocated as plans for the new chemical engineering and biomedical engineering building move forward.

Sutliff named 2016 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award recipient
09/09/2016

Robert "Brad" Sutliff has been named the 2016 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award recipient for the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering.

Chemical engineers receive $1.2M to examine conjugated polymers for flexible electronics
08/30/2016

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.2M in funding to Enrique Gomez, Scott Milner and Ralph Colby for a proposal which aims to identify the key polymeric properties of conjugated polymers used to develop flexible electronics.

Sheehan awarded third place presentation at Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division Graduate Award Symposium
08/29/2016

James Sheehan, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering was recently awarded third place at the sixth annual Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (IE&C) Division Graduate Award Symposium.

Borhan and Bascom awarded collaborative grant to study respiratory disease in modeled lungs
08/18/2016

Ali Borhan, professor of chemical engineering, and Rebecca Bascom, professor of medicine, have been awarded one of two Grace Woodward Grants for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine for the 2016-2017 project period for their proposal "Patient-Specific Diagnosis and Treatment of Respiratory Disease: Expanding the Engineering Toolbox"

Chemical Engineering alumnus Raj Shah honored with multiple professional recognitions
08/09/2016

Penn State chemical engineering alumnus Raj Shah was recently inducted as a fellow to the Energy Institute and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers and was elevated to the status of Chartered Scientist within the Science Council.

Gomez attends White House celebration for Materials Genome Initiative
08/08/2016

Enrique Gomez, associate professor of chemical engineering, was recently invited to attend the White House celebration of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) 5-year anniversary

Morrissey awarded NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship
08/08/2016

Natalie Morrissey, a Penn State chemical engineering junior and Schreyer Honors Scholar, has been awarded a 2016-17 NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.

Ye awarded Advanced Light Source Doctoral Fellowship
08/10/2016

Dan Ye, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State, has been awarded an Advanced Light Source (ALS) Doctoral Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year.

Students and faculty learn valuable lessons from research trip to Rwanda
08/02/2016

Penn State engineering students and faculty recently traveled to Rwanda to explore whether or not a readily available plant seed could be used as a viable alternative to clean wastewater.

CurtisLab exhibits at USA Science and Engineering Festival
07/27/2016

Members of CurtisLab showcased bioreactor design and plant biology at the Society of In Vitro Biology exposition booth during the 4th biennial USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., on April 16, 2016.

CurtisLab awarded $600,000 NSF grant to advance African agriculture and economics
07/28/2016

Wayne Curtis, professor of chemical engineering and principle investigator of the CurtisLab at Penn State, has been awarded a $600,000 collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation's Basic Research to Enhance Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program to assist African farmers with the production of agricultural food staples

Chemical engineering graduate program to be named in honor of John and Jeanette McWhirter
07/25/2016

The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering has announced plans to name the graduate program in chemical engineering after longtime supporters, John “Jack” McWhirter and Jeanette Dachille McWhirter.

Velegol and Sen receive NSF grant to develop Catalytic motors for high-salt environments
07/20/2016

Darrell Velegol, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Ayusman Sen, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Penn State, have been awarded a $388,900 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop catalytic motors that can function in salty environments.

Regula awarded Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowship for engineering, business and entrepreneurship
07/11/2016

Michael Regula, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded a Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowship from the College of Engineering for the 2016-17 academic year.

Dasgupta awarded Johnson Matthey Student Award by the International Precious Metals Institute
07/08/2016

Anish Dasgupta, a chemical engineering graduate student advised by Robert Rioux, has been awarded The Johnson Matthey Student Award by the International Precious Metals Institute.

Gomez and Hafenstein awarded collaborative grant to study virus structures
06/24/2016

Esther Gomez, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering in Penn State's College of Engineering, and Susan Hafenstein, associate professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology in Penn State's College of Medicine, have been awarded one of two Grace Woodward Grants for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine for the 2016-2017 project period.

Dow funds and names Knowledge Commons in new engineering facility
06/20/2016

Dow has committed $500,000 to develop and name the Dow Chemical Knowledge Commons within the new Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Building at Penn State.

Gift from engineering alumnus to support student organization space
06/14/2016

Alumnus Ken Graziani and wife, Cindy, will fund and name student activities space in new Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Building.

Susan Fullerton awarded 2016 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
05/17/2016

Susan Fullerton, chemical engineering alumna (B.S. '02, Ph.D. '09) and assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, was awarded a 2016 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

Uliana awarded 2016 Udall Scholarship
05/16/2016

Adam Uliana, a Penn State chemical engineering student and Schreyer Scholar, has been selected as a 2016 Udall Scholar by the Udall Foundation.

Phillip Savage named CIC Department Executive Officer Fellow
05/12/2016

Phillip Savage, Walter L. Robb Family Endowed Chair Professor of chemical engineering and chemical engineering department head, has been named an executive officer fellow for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

Penn State to lead University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research
05/11/2016

Penn State will lead a University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) that will advance basic and applied research for clean energy in support of the U.S. Department of Energy mission.

Renovations planned for Thomas and Greenberg Buildings
05/10/2016

Partial renovations are planned for Thomas and Greenberg buildings to create classroom and office swing space during the construction of a new Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building on the University Park campus.

Shen awarded Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad
05/06/2016

Yuexiao Shen, a chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate advised by Manish Kumar, has been awarded the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad.

Joe Munchel: Applying entrepreneurial skills to career in engineering
05/04/2016

Meet Joe Munchel, export product director at Phillips 66 in Houston, TX, and ChE alumnus '12.

Beneficial biofilm works as a 'probiotic' to control biofouling
05/03/2016

A team of chemical engineers at Penn State has developed a beneficial biofilm with the ability to prevent the biofouling of reverse osmosis (RO) membranes.

Anirudh Nambiar awarded first place paper at AIChE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
04/29/2016

Anirudh Nambiar, a Penn State junior and chemical engineering student, was recently awarded the first place paper award at the AIChE Mid-Atlantic Student Regional Conference at the University of Delaware April 8-9, 2016.

Rachel Smith named 2016 Departmental Outstanding Staff Award Recipient
04/21/2016

Rachel Smith, administrative support assistant for the chemical engineering undergraduate program, has been named the 2016 Departmental Outstanding Staff Award Recipient.

Researchers in the Department of Chemical Engineering awarded COE seed grant to initiate industrial catalyst studies
04/18/2016

Michael Janik and Robert Rioux have been awarded a Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant from the Penn State College of Engineering to develop catalysts with the ability to hydrogenate selectively.

Department announces 2016 recipients of the Larry Duda Undergraduate Research Award
04/15/2016

Four students in the Department of Chemical Engineering have been named 2016 recipients of the Larry Duda Undergraduate Student Research Award

Brooks awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
04/14/2016

Allan Brooks, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

Chemical engineering celebrates the career of James Vrentas following retirement announcement
04/13/2016

James Vrentas, Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering, has announced plans for retirement following a 36-year career with the department. Vrentas, who came to Penn State in 1980, will officially retire June 30, 2016.

Bernstein named student marshal for spring 2016 commencement
04/12/2016

Nicole J. Bernstein will be the student marshal for the chemical engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 6, 2016.

Kailasam receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award
04/12/2016

Ganesh Kailasam, (Ph.D. '91) has been named the 2016 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award Recipient for the Department of Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering department participates in 5k race to benefit area food banks
04/11/2016

Members of the Department of Chemical Engineering participated in their first intradepartmental 5k race Saturday, April 9, as part of the Bellefonte FaithCentre's 10th annual 5k walk/run. Runners raised money for area food banks.

Zydney to deliver plenary lecture at World Filtration Congress
04/08/2016

Andrew Zydney, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, will present a plenary lecture: Virus Filtration – Role of Membrane Morphology and Chemistry on Virus Capture, at the upcoming World Filtration Congress April 11 to 15 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Four faculty members honored with Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Awards
04/04/2016

Four faculty members within the Department of Chemical Engineering have been honored with 2016 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Awards.

Students help communities in Africa with baobab-processing machine
03/31/2016

Penn State students in the Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) minor recently traveled to Tanzania to assist African communities with the help of their original baobab processing machine

Industrial and Professional Advisory Council proposes new ideas during campus visit
03/30/2016

The Department of Chemical Engineering's Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC) exchanged a series of new ideas and recommendations during a recent visit to the University Park campus March 23 and 24

Radovic-Moreno awarded Alumni Achievement Award
03/11/2016

Chemical engineering alumnus, Aleks Radovic-Moreno, has been awarded the Penn State Alumni Association's Alumni Achievement Award.

Chemical engineering and biomedical engineering to share a new home at Penn State
03/19/2015

A new building is planned for the College of Engineering at University Park. The new facility will enhance the national and international standing of both the chemical and biomedical engineering departments, as well as help them embrace future projected growth

 
 

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