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College of Engineering, three programs rise in U.S. News undergraduate rankings


In the recently released 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings, the Penn State College of Engineering ranks number 22 in the country, advancing three places from last year’s report. Three engineering specialty disciplines also climbed in the rankings.

Five researchers join the Institutes of Energy and the Environment


Five Penn State researchers have joined the Institutes of Energy and the Environment. This includes faculty members from the colleges of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Architecture, the Liberal Arts and Penn State Law. More than 60 cofunded faculty members work to positively impact important energy and environmental challenges through interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration.

Penn State researchers to study novel coronavirus potential to infect livestock


A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will enable Penn State researchers to study the potential for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, to infect and spread among livestock.

Chemical engineering professor awarded Langmuir Lectureship


The American Chemistry Society Colloid & Surface Division recently awarded the 2020 Langmuir Lectureship to Kristen Fichthorn, Penn State Merrell Fenske Professor of Chemical Engineering and professor of physics.

Engineering lab part of new AI-based Molecular Maker Lab Institute


A multi-institute team was awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the NSF Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute for Molecular Discovery, Synthetic Strategy and Manufacturing (Molecule Maker Lab Institute or MMLI).

Thin layer protects battery, allows cold charging


In the search for a reliable, quick-charging, cold-weather battery for automobiles, a self-assembling, thin layer of electrochemically active molecules may be the solution, according to a team of researchers.

Chemical engineering professor receives educator award


The American Institute of Chemical Engineers 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 Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education.

Chemical engineering department head receives environmental award


The American Institute of Chemical Engineers Environmental Division has awarded the 2020 Lawrence K. Cecil Award to Phillip Savage, head of the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering and Walter L. Robb Family Endowed Chair.

Researchers offer solution for one of synthetic biology's biggest problems


A team of Penn State and University of Washington researchers recently developed a new algorithm to help prevent the failure of engineered genetic systems, or organisms engineered to have new capabilities.

A path to a meaningful chemical engineering career by way of Iceland


For Kayley Waltz, a Penn State rising senior in chemical engineering, a trip to Iceland in early spring 2019 was less about a spring break vacation and more about a big step toward a career goal of making an impact via developing new forms of renewable energy.

Engineering student researches antibiotic removal method for water supply


Penn State Schreyer Scholar David Kennedy, a rising senior in chemical engineering and chemistry, is using an Erickson Discovery Grant to work on a growing problem: rising drug resistance potentially due to increasing amounts of antibiotics found in the water supply.

Penn State professor receives 2020 International Metabolic Engineering Award


The International Metabolic Engineering Society has recognized Costas D. Maranas, the Donald B. Broughton Professor of Chemical Engineering at Penn State, with the 2020 International Metabolic Engineering Award.

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.

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