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.


04/23/14
Stephen Black receives the Outstanding
Chemical Engineering Staff Award

Photo of Stephen Black.

Stephen Black has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Chemical Engineering Staff Award.


This is a wonderful recognition of the quality, commitment, and accomplishments of the entire staff within the Chemical Engineering Department.


04/22/14
Congratulations Spring 2014 Graduates

04/21/14
Chemical engineering alumnus
Walter Robb named a 2014 College of
Engineering Outstanding Engineering Alumni

Photo of Walter Robb, Chemical Engineering's recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Chemical engineering alumnus Walter Robb is a recipient of the College of Engineering 2014 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.


The College of Engineering Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards recognize graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement. This annual tradition of honoring our outstanding alumni began in 1966.

Contact Information


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