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Chemical engineering alumnus named to Forbes '30 Under 30' list

1/25/2021

Penn State chemical engineering alumnus and Schreyer Scholar Paul Suhey has been named to the 2021 Forbes "30 Under 30" list for the consumer technology industry.

Inexpensive battery charges rapidly for electric vehicles, reduces range anxiety

1/19/2021

Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are looking at lithium iron phosphate batteries that have a range of 250 miles with the ability to charge in 10 minutes.

Engineers find antioxidants improve nanoscale visualization of polymers

1/8/2021

Reactive molecules, such as free radicals, can be produced in the body after exposure to certain environments or substances and go on to cause cell damage. Antioxidants can minimize this damage by interacting with the radicals before they affect cells.

Penn State Society of Women Engineers wins national award

1/4/2021

The Penn State Society of Women Engineers (SWE) received the 2020 Outstanding Collegiate Section (OCS) Gold Mission Award for the seventh consecutive year at the virtual WE20 National Conference.

The complex mystery of membranes

12/31/2020

A desalination membrane acts as a filter for salty water: push the water through the membrane, get clean water suitable for agriculture, energy production and even drinking.

Penn State's industryXchange explores collaborations in artificial intelligence

12/21/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering hosted the fourth annual industryXchange on Dec. 7-8. The virtual event brought together members of industry, Penn State faculty and students, and government agencies to explore collaboration opportunities on this year’s focus, "Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning."

Engineering professor recognized as 'emerging leader' in biomaterials field

12/14/2020

The editorial board of Bioengineering & Translational Medicine, the flagship journal of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), recently recognized Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, as an emerging leader in his field.

Chemical engineering alumna named Woman of the Year in Engineering

12/10/2020

Penn State chemical engineering and Schreyer Scholar alumna Paula Garcia Todd has been named Woman of the Year in Engineering by Women in Technology.

Newly discovered toxin-antitoxin system abundant in one-cell organisms

12/10/2020

Bacteria are always hungry, according to Thomas Wood, Biotechnology Endowed Chair and professor of chemical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering. If you gave a single bacterium all the food it wanted, it would obtain the mass of the Earth in about two days.

Understanding COVID-19 infection and possible mutations

12/9/2020

The binding of a SARS-CoV-2 virus surface protein spike -- a projection from the spherical virus particle -- to the human cell surface protein ACE2 is the first step to infection that may lead to COVID-19 disease.

Chemical engineering student earns technical entrepreneurship fellowship

12/7/2020

Christopher Yehl, a chemical engineering doctoral candidate, recently received the Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowship from the Penn State College of Engineering for the 2020-21 academic year.

Three Penn State researchers win 2020 Rustum and Della Roy Awards

12/3/2020

The Materials Research Institute (MRI) has announced the three winners of the 2020 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

Four College of Engineering faculty named to 2020 'Highly Cited Researchers' list

12/2/2020

Four faculty members in Penn State’s College of Engineering were recently recognized as Highly Cited Researchers by the Web of Science Group.

One chemical engineering faculty, three alumni honored as rising stars

12/2/2020

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, chemical engineering's professional society, has selected a Penn State chemical engineering faculty member and three chemical engineering alumni for its 2020 "35 Under 35" Award.

Researchers aim to 'upcycle' nutrient waste on farms using duckweed

12/2/2020

With a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Penn State researchers will investigate how duckweed could be grown on Pennsylvania farms to limit nutrient pollution into the Chesapeake Bay.

Andrew Zydney virtually visits the University of Alabama

11/24/2020

Although the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology and its director, Andrew Zydney, are typically known for their collaboration with renowned industrial biotech companies, they also strive to work together with other top-tier research universities.

Professor honored for paper at American Chemical Society meeting

11/23/2020

Enrique Gomez, professor of chemical engineering and materials science and engineering with a co-appointment in the Materials Research Institute, was recently honored with the Arthur K. Doolittle Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Polymeric Materials.

College of Engineering promotes campaigns for 2020 #GivingTuesday

11/20/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering invites alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students to celebrate the power of giving back as part of #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Chemical engineering professor receives professional leadership scholarship

11/19/2020

Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded the John C. Chen Young Professional Leadership Scholarship from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Novel cellulose finding may lead to new chemicals, biofuels

11/18/2020

A multi-institutional research group led by two Penn State faculty members has identified, for the first time, how cellulose crystals orient themselves relative to the cell wall in plants, with potential implications for chemical and energy development.

Engineering associate dean and alumna recognized for their contributions in STEM

11/5/2020

Tonya Peeples, associate dean for equity and inclusion and professor of chemical engineering in Penn State's College of Engineering, and Penn State chemical engineering and Schreyer Scholar alumna Paula Garcia Todd recently received Million Women Mentors (MWM) Trailblazer Awards.

Model for acid-tolerant yeast helps guide industrial organic acid production

11/4/2020

Microbes and other microscopic organisms could serve as sustainable "factories" to create many types of industrial materials because they naturally convert nutrients such as sugars into byproducts.

Chemical engineer brings real-world experiences to students virtually

10/19/2020

For Wayne Curtis, professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, an emphasis on remote learning modes has given him a new appreciation and application for a teaching tool he’s used -- and created -- extensively in the past: educational videos.

College of Engineering kicks off 125th anniversary with virtual celebration

10/15/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering will begin a yearlong celebration of its upcoming 125th anniversary with a virtual event at 1:25 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Four new faculty members join Department of Chemical Engineering

10/6/2020

Four new researchers are joining the faculty of Penn State’s Department of Chemical Engineering.

Chemical engineering selects 2020 Early Career Alumni award winner

9/30/2020

Rajib Saha, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Penn State chemical engineering alumnus, has received the 2020 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award from the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering.

Students engage with professionals at Bristol Myers Squibb

9/29/2020

Despite it being the first crisp Friday afternoon of the fall semester in Happy Valley on Sept. 18, The Society of Industrial Biotechnology (SIB), a diverse group of Penn State undergraduate students who are interested in biotechnology, were hard at work, networking with professionals from Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), one of the world's leaders in innovative medicine.

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

9/15/2020

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

9/14/2020

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

9/11/2020

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

9/8/2020

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

9/3/2020

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

8/26/2020

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

8/24/2020

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

8/17/2020

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

7/21/2020

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

7/13/2020

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

7/10/2020

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

7/7/2020

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

6/19/2020

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

6/15/2020

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

6/9/2020

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

6/4/2020

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

5/26/2020

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

5/26/2020

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

5/21/2020

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

5/19/2020

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

5/18/2020

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

5/1/2020

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

4/15/2020

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

4/9/2020

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

4/8/2020

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

3/30/2020

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

3/19/2020

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

3/5/2020

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

3/4/2020

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

2/27/2020

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.

New directors of SEDTAPP's engineering design program named

2/25/2020

Scarlett Miller, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering at Penn State, has been named the new director of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs' engineering design program; and Sarah Ritter, associate teaching professor of engineering design at the University, was recently appointed associate director of the engineering design program.

Engineering student holds key role in ensuring a successful THON

2/21/2020

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

2/19/2020

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

2/14/2020

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

2/5/2020

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

2/3/2020

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

1/27/2020

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

1/27/2020

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.

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