Students and mentors

The Alumni Mentoring Program

The Department of Chemical Engineering has developed an alumni mentoring program aimed to facilitate the professional development of chemical engineering undergraduate students. The program matches a student with an alumni mentor who can offer professional guidance, counsel, and networking opportunities.

Students and mentors are matched based on their background, academic, and professional interests. They have the opportunity to interact on a one-on-one basis and build strong mentoring relationships aimed at identifying career goals. It is the responsibility of the student to make initial contact with their assigned alumni mentor, as soon as possible, and to establish the frequency and nature of their communications and topics of immediate interest.

The mentoring program gives students an opportunity to talk with professionals outside of the University to gain an independent perspective of the chemical engineering industry, including different career paths and professional opportunities. Students and mentors will communicate primarily via email and phone (approximately once a month), or may choose to have face-to-face meetings when circumstances permit.

“The Alumni Mentoring Program has had one of the most positive, far-reaching impacts on my Penn State undergraduate education. My mentor’s guidance created a clear roadmap of courses to take that would best prepare me for graduate school or a career in the chemical engineering industry. She was also an invaluable resource in encouraging me to accept a summer research position. I would strongly encourage other students to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”  –Jonathan Marks, CH E ’16



The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2574