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Course prepares chemical engineering students to be valued work team members


Teaching students teamwork skills that they can later apply in the workplace is the focus of the capstone design course CHE 470: Design of Chemical Plants, offered in the spring and fall by the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering.

Alumni spotlight: Ratul Chowdhury


After receiving his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India, Ratul Chowdhury came to Penn State in 2013 as a doctoral student in chemical engineering.

Penn State engineering associate dean inducted as AIMBE fellow


The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has inducted Tonya L. Peeples, associate dean for equity and inclusion and professor of chemical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, to its College of Fellows.

Ava Self earns Astronaut Scholarship


Penn State rising senior Ava Self is a 2020 recipient of the competitive Astronaut Scholarship, which rewards students for their work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Engineering alumna named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow


Penn State alumna Susan Fullerton, Bicentennial Board of Visitors Faculty Fellow, vice chair for graduate education, and assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, has been selected as a 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry.

Moving a lab course online during a pandemic


As classes shifted to online teaching in March, two Penn State chemical engineering faculty faced a unique challenge: How do you move a lab course online that requires special equipment and facilities for class experiments?

Computer models may add sizzle to plans to make cultivated meat alternatives


Experts predict that producing meat in a lab using tissue engineering techniques -- or lab-cultured meat -- will one day be a much more sustainable, nutritionally equivalent and without the ethical concerns of typical meat production.

Joshua Pezzulo receives Outstanding Senior Award


Penn State chemical engineering senior Joshua Pezzulo recently received the 2020 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Outstanding Senior Award.

Graphene-reinforced carbon fiber may lead to affordable, stronger car materials


A new way of creating carbon fibers -- which are typically expensive to make -- could one day lead to using these lightweight, high-strength materials to improve safety and reduce the cost of producing cars, according to a team of researchers.

Matuszkiewicz named chemical engineering student marshal


Lauren Matuszkiewicz has been selected as the student marshal for the chemical engineering baccalaureate degree program for Penn State's spring commencement, to be held virtually on May 9.?Matuszkiewicz will receive a?bachelor of science?degree in chemical engineering.

Two faculty members join the Institutes of Energy and the Environment


Two researchers have become cofunded faculty members in the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE): Hee Jeung Oh, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, and Hilal Ezgi Toraman, an assistant professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences with a joint appointment in the College of Engineering.

Grover earns Frisbey International Student Award


Using an Erickson Discovery Grant, Nakul Grover traveled to Bangladesh to research Muslim refugees displaced by turmoil in Myanmar.

Walter L. Robb, Penn State alumnus and philanthropist, remembered


Penn State and the College of Engineering faculty, staff and students are mourning the loss of alumnus and longtime supporter Walter L. Robb, who died on March 23, at age 91 from complications from COVID-19 in Schenectady, New York.

Alumni Spotlight: Laura Itle


Laura Itle is an Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) research staff member and the project leader for IDA's support of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of SAFETY (Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) Act Implementation.

Chemical engineering alumnus recognized with multiple honors


Raj Shah, who graduated with a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Penn State College of Engineering in 1995, has received four high honors from a variety of international engineering organizations in the last six months for his contributions to the field of fuels, lubricants and greases.

High energy Li-Ion battery is safer for electric vehicles


A lithium-ion battery that is safe, has high power and can last for 1 million miles has been developed by a team in Penn State's Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center.

Researchers identify breaking point of conducting material


An improved method to predict the temperature when plastics change from supple to brittle, which could potentially accelerate future development of flexible electronics, was developed by Penn State College of Engineering researchers.

Chemical engineering professor receives membrane research award


The North American Membrane Society has named Andrew Zydney, Penn State Bayard D. Kunkle Chair, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology, as their 2020 recipient of the Alan S. Michaels Award for Innovation in Membrane Science and Technology.

Engineering student holds key role in ensuring a successful THON


Chemical engineering senior Rebecca Aloi serves as director of the Rules and Regulations Fundraising Safety committee for the 2020 THON, to be held Feb. 21-23 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.

Penn State tops NSF rankings for breadth of research expertise


The breadth of Penn State's research expertise surpasses that of any university in the country, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development research expenditures by key fields and subfields, released in November 2019.

Plant visit makes chemical engineering classroom concepts come alive


What were once concepts on a page or formulas on a whiteboard became actual experiences in a real-world setting when a group of chemical engineering graduate students visited the BASF plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania, last November.

Maker Ambassador program sponsored by Lockheed Martin aims to increase diversity


A $20,000 gift from Lockheed Martin has helped to establish and support the continued advancement of the Maker Ambassador program, an initiative designed to engage women and minority engineers interested in making and leading.

Energy, chemical engineering professor receives fellowship


Hilal Ezgi Toraman, assistant professor of energy engineering and chemical engineering at Penn State, has been named the Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker Jr. Faculty Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering and Fuel Science Program.

Alumni spotlight: Paula Garcia Todd


Paula Garcia Todd, global strategic marketing manager of drug delivery technologies with DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, earned her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in chemical engineering at Penn State in 2003.

Chemical engineering professor lands global research fellowship


Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, received an inaugural Institute of International Education’s (IEE) Global Research Fellowship. The fellowships are jointly awarded by the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR) in Brazil and the IEE to five faculty members from universities across the Unites States and Canada.

A wearable gas sensor for health and environmental monitoring


A highly sensitive, wearable gas sensor for environmental and human health monitoring may soon become commercially available, according to researchers at Penn State and Northeastern University.

Penn State nominates four for Goldwater Scholarship


The Penn State University Fellowships Office announced the names of the four undergraduate students that are the University's nominees to the 2020 Goldwater Scholarship, an award for U.S. undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in research.

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