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. Our current strengths are in biomolecular, computational and nanoscale engineering.


08/22/14
Graduate student Maria Sanchez
Faran receives the College of Engineering
Distinguished Teaching Fellowship

Photo of graduate student Maria Sanchez Faran.

Graduate student Maria Sanchez Faran of the Borhan Research Group receives a College of Engineering Distinguished Teaching Fellowship.


Maria is only on of seven doctoral students through out the College of Engineering to earn this prestigious honor.

08/20/14
Chemical engineering welcomes
Phillip Savage as our new department head

Photo of Dr. Phillip Savage, new chemical engineering department head.

The Department of Chemical Engineering welcomes Phillip Savage as the new department head. Dr. Savage joins the department from the University of Michigan, where he served as Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and interim head of chemical engineering.



08/11/14
Andrew Zydney department
head appreciation reception

Andrew Zydney at a reception in his honor held on August 6th at the Nittany Lion Inn.

A reception was held for Dr. Andrew Zydney celebrating his term as head of the department of chemical engineering.


Thank you to everyone who made the Andrew Zydney department head reception a success.


Contact Information


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