2022 spring student marshal: Brandon Perdue


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Brandon Perdue has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for chemical engineering. 

Perdue will receive his bachelor of science in chemical engineering. A 2018 graduate of Oxford Area High School in Oxford, Pennsylvania, Perdue was the recipient of the Evan Pugh Scholar Award, the President Sparks Award and the Larry Duda Scholarship.

As a Schreyer Honors College student, Perdue wrote a thesis titled “Effects of Electronegative Substituents on the Redox Properties of Iron-Salen Derivative Catalysts.” He also conducted research on the mechanism for the electrocatalytic reduction of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) on Fe-Porphyrin from density functional theory (DFT), conducting several experiments involving calculations of the TNT reduction.

Perdue was the president of Penn State's Chem E Car Team from 2020-22, during which he built a model car that runs solely off chemical processes. He was also the president of Omega Chi Epsilon from 2019-22; an executive board member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) from 2020-22; a THON dancer in 2021; and a member of Tau Beta Pi from 2019-22.

Perdue completed a co-op with the Chemours Company, where he acted as a process and project engineer in Deepwater, New Jersey, working in the Krytox division. He built on this work as a manufacturing technology engineer intern, working in both the Krytox and DryFilms divisions.

After graduation, he will work as a Manufacturing Technology Engineer for the Chemours Company in the Teflon division in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on a rotational program.


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