Department of

Chemical Engineering

Designing molecular technology for the 21st century with biology and chemistry

Chemical Engineering at Penn State

The Department of Chemical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University has a proud tradition of scholarship and teaching that began with Professor Merrell Fenske, the first Head of our Department and a pioneer in the technology of distillation.

Under the guidance of succeeding department heads, we continue to remain highly diversified in each of the major sub-disciplines of chemical engineering.

ChE Mourns the Death of Professor Robert Nedwick

Professor Robert Nedwick

Professor Robert Nedwick passed away on Wednesday, February 25, after recently retiring from the chemical engineering department at Penn State. Over the course of his 15-year career at the University, he contributed to the education of more than 2,000 Penn State chemical engineers. Nedwick taught both Process Design and Process Safety courses. Professor Nedwick was a friend to all. He genuinely loved Penn State and was fully committed to his chemical engineering students. He will be greatly missed.

Zydney joins Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Board of Review Editors

Andrew Zydney, distinguished professor of chemical engineering.

Andrew Zydney, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, has agreed to serve on the Board of Review Editors for Biotechnology and Bioengineering.

The Graduate School at Penn State
2015 Thomas and June Beaver Fund Award

Photo of graduate student Tingwei Ren.

Tingwei Ren, advised by Manish Kumar, receives the 2015 Thomas and June Beaver Fund.

The award includes $3000 in recognition of Tingwei's outstanding academic record and her industrially-sponsored research.

Rustum and Della Roy Innovation
in Materials Research Award

Photo of Assistant Professor Enrique Gomez.

Assistant Professor Enrique Gomez receives the Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award from The Graduate School at Penn State.

Congratulations Dr. Gomez.

Spring 2015 Leonard Center Speaking Contest


The Undergraduate Teaching and Research experiences in Engineering, also known as UTree, is hosting the Leonard Center Speaking Contest on Wednesday, February 4th from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in 22 Biobehavioral Health Building.

Sandra Brown Retires

Photo of staff member Sandra Brown.

Sandra Brown retires on January 30, 2015 after 27 years with the Department of Chemical Engineering. Overall Sandra has been with Penn State for 31 years.

Contact Information

  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • 158 Fenske Laboratory
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • University Park, PA 16802-4400